Shortage of truffle dogs – PLAN NOW

One of the increasing problems for the New Zealand truffle industry is the shortage of well trained and performing truffle dogs. Now that sites are harvesting on a regular basis many truffle dog handlers are signing up to work for only a handful of producing sites and hunting solely these properties every week.

Kings¬†Truffles’ dogs are also becomming increasling busy with our own sites having more and more trees coming into production. We already have two working dogs and one in training but will be looking at bredding to add to our team after the winter harvest season is finished.

It does mean that growers should be giving more serious thought to how they are going to locate their truffles. Wether it is training their own dog, going into a syndicate with local growers to train a dog that they all have access to, or make sure they have an agreement with a dog handler to insure that they are on thier books. What ever you decide on, I suggest you make plans early so that you take advantage of producing trees.

2017-03-19T02:30:15+00:00June 25th, 2014|Truffiere Husbandries, Truffle Dogs and Harvesting Black Truffles|Comments Off on Shortage of truffle dogs – PLAN NOW

About the Author:

Jax is the General Manager of Kings Truffles. She manages all husbandries and harvesting for over 5000 trees managed by KT and with this experience is able to act in a consulting role as well as being the key person in organising sales and marketing of truffles. Jax also looks after the nursery side of the company.