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Case Study: Falconry for Bird Control in Berry Fields

“Grower A”

BUSINESS MODEL

  • Falconer lives on-farm in a tent and owns the materials he uses. ATV provided by grower.

  • Falconer flies several types of raptors and uses supplemental techniques, such as occasional noisemakers.

  • Primary abatement falconry technique is luring.

  • Falconer can leave for a day or two at a time during the season.

  • Falconer is on the farm less than the abatement falconers of other models.

  • Falconer is only in the fields at specific times in areas where bird pressure is heavy.

grower satisfaction

  • Grower doesn’t usually notice large flocks unless the falconer is gone for more than two days.

  • Grower has ability to use other techniques if needed when the falconer is gone, but says that he really hasn’t needed to.

  • Grower has seen less bird damage in the processing plant and is very satisfied with the results.

  • Grower has been using this falconer for several years.

  • Grower considers his falconer valuable for providing his company with a competitive edge over other growers with bird problems.

geography

The farm is rather isolated, and is the only blueberry crop in the area.  Pest birds can be scared out fairly easily, and the pest birds fly farther away as there isn’t another crop around to keep pest birds interested.

advantages

  • Low cost.

  • Less bird damage.

  • It’s ok if the bird handler gets sick because the grower has alternative methods he can use.

  • Established relationship with the falconer/ someone that lives nearby.

disadvantages

There don’t seem to be any.