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Excellent rains and snowfalls are good news for our region and industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During May, June and July our region has received excellent rains and several good snowfalls. This much needed precipitation is excellent news for for our drought stricken region, for our our environment and our industry. The cold weather associated with the precipitation is also very important of our vines as the cold assists good winter dormancy and improves the fertility. This sets the stage well for a good forthcoming harvest.

The water levels in the two main storage dams for the Hex River Valley have increased considerably against the levels at the same time last year as follows:
Roode Elsberg Dam: 2017 – 25% 2018 – 77%
Osplaas Dam: 2017 – 17% 2018 – 68%

This year we have received 90% more rain from April to July than we did last year. The average rainfall until mid July over the past two years compares as follows:
2017: 142 mm
2018: 270 mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green micropore humidity dispersers in our packhouse

Building on the high humidity conditions in which we cool, store and transport our fruit, we have also recently extended this high humidity atmosphere to our entire pack house. This hich tech system keeps our packing facility at optimum levels of high humidity which prevents the dehydration of the grapes and grape stems. This has made a discernable difference to the quality of our packed fruit and we now receive considerably less quality claims from our receiver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is early Spring and our vineyard planting process is progressing well. This year we are planting 16 hectares of new vines and these include Allison, Timco, Sugra35 (Autumn Crisp), Ara 15 and Arra 25. These are all new red and white seedless varieties, chosen to best serve market preference.

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During the past two months the Western Cape has experienced winter weather that is beneficial for grape production. The cold temperatures have provided the much needed cold units to ensure a good dormancy period for the vines, which in turn hold the promise of good growth during spring and summer.

Helicopter waterbombing fireThe professional fire fighters and the helicopter teams worked together with remarkable skill and courage in Sandhills yesterday. They undertook a very successful controlled burn to safeguard farm buildings and homes in our area. The precision water bombing of the pilots is incredibly accurate and we owe them and the ground fire heroes a big thank you for their help in safegauarding our property. The helicopters and ground crew worked together throughout the afternoon until early evening. The ground crews have been fighting the fires around us for three days and are back again this morning. They were also assisted by our own Kriegler Farms management and staff. The morning has dawned on our very blackened mountains but the farm buildings have survived unscathed. A very big thank you to all these teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our new Sheehan Genetics grape varieties are all named after women and they certainly are beauties. Magenta, Krissy, Melody and Allison grapes have been ripening in our vineyards over the past 3 weeks and they also taste as good as they look! This beauty is Allison.

 

The Kriegler Farms Clinic Team, from left to right: Petra Nel, Social Worker from Procare, Michael Bester, General Manager at Kriegler Farms, Alet Coetzee, the Colors Foundation Coordinator for the Implementation of the Family Development Programme and Sister Helene Loubser, newly appointed clinic sister at Kriegler Farms Clinic

 

 

 

 

“From now on I will smile and sing on my way to the clinic as we now have our own clinic, right here on the farm,” said Rose Erasmus, Kriegler Farms community leader and medic at the launch of the new on-site clinic service at Kriegler Farms table grape farm in South Africa’s Hex River Valley. This pioneering new venture was launched on 30 August by Kriegler Farms in collaboration with the Colors Foundation and with assistance from the Western Cape Department of Health.

Due to the country’s overburdened government health care system, patients currently often wait hours before receiving treatment at state hospitals or clinics. Patients who are dependent on receiving on-going chronic medication regularly spend hours queuing for their prescriptions every month. This includes pensioners many of whom have physical difficulty to get to the clinic and wait in line.

The benefit of this new resource on the farm will alleviate this problem, providing direct health care for the farm workers and their dependents as well as the retired farm workers living on the property. Patients will have free access to the clinic service on the farm three mornings a week. The clinic will service between 70 and 80 permanent employees and their families throughout the year and this number increases to around 150to 180 before and during the harvest. The clinic visit also provides the patient with the opportunity to discuss any related social problems which can then potentially be referred to the social services also facilitated by the Colors Foundation on Kriegler Farms.

”We are truly grateful and excited about getting our own clinic, says Rose. “This will be good for both us as farm workers and the farm as our healthcare needs will be met right here. Going to the clinic will no longer be a time-consuming drag and waste of time where we spend ages sitting around and waiting for attention.”

The festive launch and ribbon-cutting of the new clinic was attended by the excited farm workers as well as role players from the Department of Health, the Colors Foundation and its service providers and Kriegler Farms.

“The implementation of this on-site clinic has been a long-held ideal for us,” says Johan Kriegler of Kriegler Farms. “It is good to know that we will be able to provide a comprehensive health service for our employees on the farm and that our workers healthcare would no longer be jeopardised by lack of timeous access. We will also no longer have to lose many hours of productivity due to the usually slow service at the local clinic. This will be of huge benefit to all on Kriegler Farms and the collaboration with the Colors Foundation and the cooperation with Department of Health have assisted us to achieve this win-win situation.”

“This is a great day for the Colors Foundation as this is the first time that we have been involved in establishing a new clinic service from the ground up,” explained Susara Nortje, CEO of the Colors Foundation. “This would not be possible without the buy-in and commitment from Kriegler Farms who are providing the establishment and on-going operational costs. We are also very grateful to the Department of Health for their enthusiastic involvement and to INCON Health for their valued time and service.”

 

 

 

 

Delighted Kriegler Farms crèche and after-care children visit Birds Paradise in Robertson during the April School holidays.

During the April holidays the crèche and aftercare organised an outing to Bird’s paradise in Robertson. Kriegler Farms provided the transport and (number) of children had a fantastic experience during this outing. The children saw exotic birds, monkeys and crocodiles, animals which they had never seen before and this was a very memorable experience for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An after-school care facility has been established in the same building as the Kriegler Farm’s crèche. This is a place where school children receive supervision and assistance with their homework in the afternoons.  The youngsters have the opportunity to complete their homework as well as socialise and play outdoors under supervision while their parents are still at work.  The venue has tables and chairs for them to work at as well as some necessary stationery and colourful posters on the walls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

During January our harvest has progressed well. The dry, warm weather has prevailed throughout the month and this has kept the grape healthy. Here is picture taken of our Sugraone grapes on 21 January, ripe and ready for harvest.

  • Excellent rains and snowfalls are good news for our region and industry

      July 25, 2018 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

                    During May, June and July our region has received excellent rains and several good snowfalls. This much needed precipitation is excellent news for for our drought stricken region, for our our environment and our industry. The cold weather associated with the precipitation is also very important of […]

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  • Our investment in state-of-the-art technology is showing the expected results

      February 15, 2018 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

                Green micropore humidity dispersers in our packhouse Building on the high humidity conditions in which we cool, store and transport our fruit, we have also recently extended this high humidity atmosphere to our entire pack house. This hich tech system keeps our packing facility at optimum levels of high […]

    Continue reading →

  • We are planting 16 hectares of vineyard

      September 25, 2017 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

                      It is early Spring and our vineyard planting process is progressing well. This year we are planting 16 hectares of new vines and these include Allison, Timco, Sugra35 (Autumn Crisp), Ara 15 and Arra 25. These are all new red and white seedless varieties, chosen to […]

    Continue reading →

  • Cold, wet Winter conditions are good news for coming harvest

      August 16, 2016 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

    During the past two months the Western Cape has experienced winter weather that is beneficial for grape production. The cold temperatures have provided the much needed cold units to ensure a good dormancy period for the vines, which in turn hold the promise of good growth during spring and summer.

    Continue reading →

  • Kriegler Farms survives mountain fire threat

      February 6, 2016 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

    The professional fire fighters and the helicopter teams worked together with remarkable skill and courage in Sandhills yesterday. They undertook a very successful controlled burn to safeguard farm buildings and homes in our area. The precision water bombing of the pilots is incredibly accurate and we owe them and the ground fire heroes a big […]

    Continue reading →

  • Sheehan Genetics varieties bear stunning crop

      March 3, 2014 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

                      Our new Sheehan Genetics grape varieties are all named after women and they certainly are beauties. Magenta, Krissy, Melody and Allison grapes have been ripening in our vineyards over the past 3 weeks and they also taste as good as they look! This beauty is Allison.

    Continue reading →

  • Kriegler Farms Clinic opening – 30 August 2013

      September 10, 2013 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

              “From now on I will smile and sing on my way to the clinic as we now have our own clinic, right here on the farm,” said Rose Erasmus, Kriegler Farms community leader and medic at the launch of the new on-site clinic service at Kriegler Farms table grape farm […]

    Continue reading →

  • Outing to Bird’s Paradise in Robertson

      April 23, 2013 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

            Delighted Kriegler Farms crèche and after-care children visit Birds Paradise in Robertson during the April School holidays. During the April holidays the crèche and aftercare organised an outing to Bird’s paradise in Robertson. Kriegler Farms provided the transport and (number) of children had a fantastic experience during this outing. The children […]

    Continue reading →

  • Kriegler Farms Crèche and Aftercare structure

      April 23, 2013 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

                        An after-school care facility has been established in the same building as the Kriegler Farm’s crèche. This is a place where school children receive supervision and assistance with their homework in the afternoons.  The youngsters have the opportunity to complete their homework as well as […]

    Continue reading →

  • Our harvest is progressing well

      January 22, 2013 /   Uncategorized  /   0 Comment(s)

                During January our harvest has progressed well. The dry, warm weather has prevailed throughout the month and this has kept the grape healthy. Here is picture taken of our Sugraone grapes on 21 January, ripe and ready for harvest.

    Continue reading →