The pest control specialists

This vineyard puts 800 happy ducks to work every day

A wine estate employs hundreds of ducks as daily pest control specialists, to the delight of visitors.

Jaymi Heimbuch

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A South African vineyard and a flock of around 700-800 ducks has a win-win situation going on. Every day, the Vergenoegd Wine Estate moves its huge flock of Indian runner ducks into the vineyards, where they spend the day feasting on slugs, snails and other pests that threaten the vines. As an added bonus, the ducks also fertilize the vineyard with their, um, leftovers. Read more.