Home / Viticulture / Preparing the vineyard pruning season like you would a sports season

Preparing the vineyard pruning season like you would a sports season

By Vitisphere December 15, 2022
Preparing the vineyard pruning season like you would a sports season
The hundred or so participants at this particular workshop learned, for example, that it is better to get closer to the vine, to bend the branches so as to work lower down, and to pull the wood towards the ground.  - crédit photo : Alexandre Abellan (Vitisphere)
&

ldquo;From equipment, diet and hydration to recovery time, you have to prepare yourself like a high-level athlete to last the entire pruning and bending season”, claims Bruno Farthouat, a consultant with the French farmers’ health scheme MSA. Every year, he organises workshops to raise awareness among Charentes vineyard workers of the risks they run during winter vineyard work. In the wine industry, one in two accidents occurs during pruning and bending, followed by planting, trellising maintenance, tying up, de-budding and lifting. He gave growers tips on how to avoid musculoskeletal disorders. “As we are in Charentes, I focus on the upper limbs. In Champagne, where the vines are low, it would be the opposite”, he explains.

Bruno Farthouat insisted on the importance of having good footwear. “You can add a sole to your boots to insulate your feet from the ground. You can also wear sports socks or thick winter socks, it's up to each individual to find what suits them best”.

Share
All Comments (0)

No comment to this article.
Vitisphere 2023 - Tout droit rserv