Map­ping a bet­ter path

AgForce work­shop shows new tech­nol­ogy

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Jack Lawrie

COM­PUTER map­ping could soon take off in the re­gion as in­creas­ing ac­cess to dig­i­tal re­sources al­lows pro­duc­ers to un­der­stand and man­age their prop­er­ties with greater ef­fec­tive­ness.

AgForce, with North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil, held work­shops in Monto and Eidsvold last week that were ded­i­cated to teach­ing lo­cal pro­duc­ers the ins and outs of com­puter map­ping.

Trainer Noel Brins­mead said the lessons were de­signed for peo­ple who were un­fa­mil­iar with map­ping pro­grams to help ease them into us­ing them.

“The first ques­tion I asked at the begin­ning of the day was ‘who’s used a map­ping pro­gram be­fore?’ and not one hand went up,” Mr Brins­mead said.

“They need to work out what method they’re go­ing to learn from it that will be most suitable to them.”

At­ten­dees learned to use AGDATA Phoenix Map­ping soft­ware to des­ig­nate pad­docks, chart wa­ter points and de­ter­mine graz­ing ef­fi­ciency.

Ev­ery­one was taught us­ing map data from their own prop­erty as a base, mean­ing they could get a head start in the work­shop on how to make the most of the soft­ware.

Noel Kelly from Yar­rol said he was able to learn ex­act sizes of his cat­tle pad­docks and how many he could run thanks to the pro­gram.

“It’s all pretty new to me but the teach­ing’s been good – I’ve picked up on it,” Mr Kelly said.

The at­ten­dees were glad to see more re­sources be­come avail­able for them.

Mur­ray Wil­liams, also from Yar­rol, said he’d make a go of con­tin­u­ing after the work­shop fin­ished.

“I love maps and map­ping be­cause of the amount of in­for­ma­tion it con­veys and this makes it that much eas­ier,” Mr Wil­liams said.

After eas­ing them in with the ba­sics, the work­shop moved on to map­ping out dif­fer­ent sec­tions based on pas­ture or live­stock type.

Mr Brins­mead said he would con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to at­ten­dees after the work­shop fin­ished up.

“I’m only a phone call away,” he said.

“We did one of th­ese days in Gayn­dah last Oc­to­ber where a pro­ducer rang me a cou­ple of days after the work­shop and within half an hour she had the map recre­ated on her com­puter to use in man­age­ment at home.”

AgForce hopes to con­tinue of­fer­ing the work­shops in the North Bur­nett, with ses­sions at Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah planned for a later date.

❝ I love maps and map­ping be­cause of the amount of in­for­ma­tion it con­veys and this makes it that much eas­ier.

— Mur­ray Wil­liams

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