Hops are picked annually in February and March with a completely different process to most other fruits, here the vine is completed chopped and and taken into a warehouse / plant for picking. During the winter hop stringing occurs along with other administrative farm work to prepare the hops for harvest the following year.
Hope Picking and Stringing Tips
Each farm is different but from what we understand first year hops can be harvested by hand but 2nd year hops can be cut from the bine. Please listen to your boss and continually ask for help if you are ever confused.
Hop Picking and Stringing Locations
Myrtleford Ulverstone New Norfolk Scottsdale
Ulverstone New Norfolk Scottsdale
Things you’ll need when working with Hops
Work will be typically be in hot conditions so remember to stay cool and hydrated unless you’re working in a Greenhouse.
- Non slip sturdy footwear.
- Long Pants or Shorts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Broad Brimmed Hat
Did you know?
Hops are commonly referred to as the ‘spice of beer’!
Pay Information for Hop Picking and Stringing
Pay rates will differ from employer to employer, payment can be on an hourly, weekly or fortnightly basis. It is not uncommon for employers to also have a per piece pay agreement, pay will depend on how productive you are.