Shade and protection from Excessive Heat and / or Ultra Violet Radiation can reduce stress and improve production in both plants and livestock. Netpro design and build protective Shade canopies for agricultural, nursery, industrial, domestic and stock applications.
Covering crops with any form of net or shadecloth will achieve varying degrees of protection from UV Light and PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation), much like the leaf canopy of a tree.
Different Nets or Shadecloth can provide different levels of protection, as tested to Australian Standards. The exact amount of shade achieved also relates to design and installation variables.
More information on moderating and adjusting environmental factors to increase production (particularly related to plant crops) can be found in the "Technical" section , Microclimate Under Permanent Net and in our Library.
NetPro has developed a selection of proprietary products specifically for use as stock shade – generally used in intensive situations such as Feedlots. NetPro shade materials have also been used in the aquaculture industry for heavy shading of abalone, and by a worm farm for the same purpose. Articles that were published in Alpha Lotfeeding and other newspapers can be found in our Library.
In 2004, NetPro launched its SmartShade range, aimed at the domestic market in Australia. This product is essentially designed for use as “people shade” but is very versatile and comes in a range of shade ratings, from 30% up to 95%. NetPro has installed Shade canopies in private gardens, in car-parks, retirement villages, kindergartens and schools.
Shade canopies designed by NetPro are certified by a qualified engineer, and are subject to Q-Build inspection.
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As major investors in the Australian horticulture industry, Rewards Group Ltd needs to ensure maximized returns on all funds invested, particularly in orchard infrastructure. Accordingly, our choice of contractors is critical to the final success of any project.
We currently have 250 acres of net – about 80% of our orchard area. Without the protective canopy, we wouldn’t be able to supply our market requirements. Quality is important to us and we wouldn’t be able to meet the specifications of our customers without net.
We particularly liked the product offered by NetPro – high quality was our main criteria. The option of wooden posts was also an important feature because of the highly-corrosive conditions in the feedlot environment. We were able to work through the construction plan and the materials options during the quoting process.
We chose NetPro to construct our protective canopies, as we know NetPro have been around for some time, we know their work and there are plenty of examples of their work around – we like the consistency of standard. In addition, NetPro are recognized by the Finance bodies, and it is much easier to get finance for a structure.
I think it has made all the difference to the quality of our product – it has saved us from bird attack and from hail damage." Since 2001, Robert Channon Wines have won 23 trophies, 17 gold medals, 26 silver and 55 bronze medals.
We live in North Queensland and have a nine metre pool. We needed to replace the pool cover but most local businesses we contacted wanted to replace it with a shade sail and the one quote we received to fabricate a new cover to our design seemed exceedingly high.
In 2003, Golden Valley Orchards were offered the opportunity to work with the NCEA (National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture) and NetPro Pty Ltd on a research project evaluating the effectiveness of (amongst others) NetPro's dam-covers.
"I think it has made all the difference to the quality of our product – it has saved us from bird attack and from hail damage." To date, Robert Channon Wines have won 23 trophies, 17 gold medals, 26 silver and 55 bronze medals since 2001."
Initially the idea of the net canopy over the landfill was discussed with Netpro as they are a local company and at the time Netpro was considering advancing into this area (protection of landfills). Netpro assisted Council with a very reasonable price which allowed the project to proceed.
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