Already, we have regular weekly hunts scheduled for the whole truffle season…. there are limited days available, so please contact us now for hunts.
2017 Season Update
2017 - what a year for truffles in the Southern Highlands and Tablelands. We’ve been finding twice as much truffle as last year and more extra class. The girls have been working their little noses off and are getting only one or two days rest per week. The weather is perfect. Frosty and cold overnight and lovely blue sky days with little wind. Great hunting conditions. If you are around Canberra, take in some of the annual Truffle Festival. Or visit Blue Frog Truffles on a truffle tour and see Sirius, Peri and Caph in action.
TruffleDog already has bookings for the 2017 winter and limited days for searches.
Contact us now for availability.
TruffleDog was asked to see if a grower’s dog was doing a good job. Late in the season, he’d found about 400g - the first truffle ever, so very exciting. Sirius and Peri hunted 400 trees and found another 2.5kg that had not been located. If you are concerned that your dog may be missing finds, call us for an independent search.
Another successful season in NSW and Victoria. The weather was wetter and warmer than the previous year. We found more growers starting to find truffle. We’re always pleased when a growers first truffles are found after years of work.
New Dog Caph
Welcome to our new truffle hunter in training, Caph. Named after a star, Caph is a Belgian Shepherd, a Malinois. She is two years old and super smart. She’ll be ready to hunt in time for the winter and we are looking forward to her finding lots of truffle.
Strange but true. Had a call from a grower who had an oak with truffles under it in January. We went with Sirius and Peri to have a look and found what looked like very immature truffle with faint odour. The grower sent the truffle away for testing and the result came back - Melanosporum! One very confused tree. Let’s hope that the other trees produce in the winter.
2016 Truffle Season
Though it’s still the middle of summer and very hot, start planning your winter truffle hunts. If you are a grower and don’t have your own dog, or if you want to check that your dog is finding truffle, contact us now to arrange hunts for the coming season.
Queanbeyan was the venue for the 2015 ATGA Conference. It was a very interesting, well attended event and we met old friends, growers, buyers of truffle, scientists, dog handlers and others associated with the industry. We spent a great day with respected, expert dog trainer and handler, Steve Austin and learned new skills and training methods. We highly recommend truffle growers to join the Association and benefit from all the expertise and knowledge found in its membership.
Cold weather, with plenty of frosts and even snow. Good finds in NSW in the last few weeks. Hard-working Sirius and Perigord sniffed out plenty of truffle. Happy truffle producers with finds of between three and six kilograms of quality truffle. Some quantity of over-ripe truffle, mainly on the surface. But digging produced good quality truffle further down.
One tree produced eight beautiful truffles totalling around 750 grams. Other trees have unripe truffle waiting for harvest. Most trees producing truffle are Ilex, aged between six and fifteen years. Next hunt at the beginning of August. Contact us now for a search.