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Ducks Control Slugs and Snails at a South African Vineyard

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 22:02
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Duck farmer Denzel Metthys manages over 1,000 Indian Runner ducks who are used as a natural form of pest control on the Vergenoegd Winery.

Vergenoegd Wine Estate
Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch

This waddling workforce is essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming a startling amount of snails and bugs on their daily patrols. The ducks are also a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries WWF biodiversity certification.

We utilize 1070 Runner Ducks at the Vergenoegd farm to assist in the control of the snail and pest population in our vineyards, a practice we have been refining since 1984. We have a basic research and breeding program in place to keep our workforce of ducks productive, healthy and happy, and intrigued guests can take a tour of the duck pens and “breeding room” with Denzel, our duck farmer.

See the farm here.

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