Mapping a better path
AgForce workshop shows new technology
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