IAIN AND LIZ MCGILLIVRAY, YOUNGS HILL ORCHARD

ABOUT

  • Orchard planted in 2000 by three investors who listed it straight after planting. Not sold until 2010 when Iain and Liz took over.
  • Iain and his brother and their families ran the orchard as a joint venture for 18 months, then divided into two, each taking a section to grow on their own. Iain and Liz’s block is 14.5 ha in total – 8.3 canopy ha with 830 trees.
  • Majority Hass on Zutano.
  • Bore on the property and irrigation system installed.
  • Originally planted at 10m x 5m but they are thinning to 10m x 10m.
  • Iain and Liz were not happy with their production in the early years so “wanted to do something different” so have been following Erica Faber’s nutrient programmes.
  • Orchard yield 2020-21: 11.5T per hectare.
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