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1. (WO2007009178) FOLIAGE LIFTER
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CLAIMS

1. A vineyard trellis system including
at least two spaced apart ground anchored posts, each having a lower portion and an upper portion,
at least one foliage wire extending laterally between the at least two
spaced apart ground anchored posts,
each post having a supporting member in sliding engagement therein, the supporting member adapted to securely engage the at least one
foliage wire, and
a lifting means to effect lifting or lowering of the supporting member, such than when in use each supporting member is operated at least substantially at the same time so that the at least one foliage wire can be raised or lowered with respect to the ground anchored post.

2. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the supporting member has a sliding portion and a foliage wire holding portion.

3. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 2, wherein the foliage wire holding portion is remote from the sliding portion.

4. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 3, wherein the lifting means is a first wire rope attached to a winch, and a second wire rope, the
second wire rope having a first and second end, wherein the first end is attached to the first wire rope and the second end is attached to the
supporting member, such that by applying tension to the first wire rope, tension is applied to the second wire rope.

5. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 4, wherein the supporting member is of integral construction.

6. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 5, wherein the supporting member is adapted to at least partially reside within the ground engaging post, such that during lifting or lowering the sliding portion of the
supporting member travels longitudinally along the inside of the post.

7. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 6, further characterised in that there is a pulley system located within the post.

8. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 8, wherein the pulley system is further characterised in that the sliding portion has an upper portion with an aperture there through and a shaft passing through said aperture supporting at least one pulley wheel thereon and the post has at least one pulley located on the lower portion and at least one pulley located on the upper portion and a wire connecting said pulleys in an operable manner so that lifting of the sliding portion is facilitated.

9. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 9, wherein the ground engaging post is "C"-shaped.

10. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 9 wherein the lifting means is electronically controlled.

11. The vineyard trellis system as claimed in claim 9, further including a
remote controller for controlling the winch.

12. An apparatus for lifting a vine plant substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.