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TAS Country : May 3rd 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012 Tasmanian Country 7 News Agfest McGrath to set the pace GLENN McGRATH CRICKET legend Glenn McGrath is set to carve through a Tasmanian side. A chef, a butcher and the bowler-turned- ambassador are the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association's formula for a crowd rush at its Agfest pavilion (501 Fifth Avenue) today and tomorrow. Bob Dewar, aka. Bob the Butcher, will be at TFGA's stand at Agfest to show people how to divide a carcass into its various cuts. With him will be chef Daniel Alps from Alps & Amici, who will take the cuts and prepare them for people to taste. A celebrity visitor today will be Glenn McGrath, not only the most successful fast bowler in Test cricket history, but also a farmer and ambassador for the Australian Year of the Farmer. The sessions for the chefs: Today: 11am- 12.30pm, 2pm-3.30pm. Tomorrow: 10am- 11.30am. View the farm in comfort, inside ROGER HANSON A Tasmanian dairy dairy couple have gone high-tech to see what is happening on their property. Upper Derwent Valley dairy farmers Tom and Michelle Brown, of Ouse, are monitoring their farm wirelessly using real time high-definition live video streaming, without leaving their lounge room. Using ground-breaking superfast wireless internet technology and solar en- ergy, a local technology firm has devised a unique way to ''bounce'' high bandwidth internet such as NBN. The Browns can now view eight crucial remote points around their dairy property via their internet- enabled high-definition TV. Business Development Manager at Industrylink Culinary School of Excel- lence, Nina McMahon, who is also the project manager for the E-Learning NBN VET Together project, said the project was started to help students in remote areas. ''We have discovered the innovation also has appli- cations for farmers,'' Ms McMahon said. ''The potential appli- cations for farmers around the country of this Tas- manian innovation when used with the NBN and other superfast broadband types are limitless. ''Regardless of topogra- phy in regional areas where no superfast broadband connections ex- isted previously, we can now link projects and real- life applications. ''All this in areas that previously, at best, had access only to the 3G net- work, a notoriously unre- liable connection lacking the upload speeds to sup- port the continuous streaming of high- definition video.'' ''Even if the farmer goes away from the property, for example for a holiday, they can still see the farm by linking in with a smart- phone or tablet app.'' During calving season, beef producers and dairy farmers can keep an eye on their cows around the clock. ''Irrigators can monitor machinery remotely,'' Ms McMahon said. Also if someone is steal- ing their stock, police can zoom in on the finest de- tails, like licence plates or perpetrators' faces. Ms McMahon said poppy growers could guard all their boundaries. Mr Brown said in the past they have had prob- lems with equipment being stolen. ''We can reduce the number of staff we need at any one time. We also use the footage for training new dairy workers,'' Mr Brown said. NBN E-Learning Program's project partners are Andrew Davies and Rodney Richardson of Principal Technologies in Hobart. Mr Davies will be talking to farmers at Ag- Fest at stall No. 911. Getting it straight LAST week's edition of Tasmanian Country listed Lesley Young with an in- correct title. She is the media representative and International Officer of CWA Tasmania. The State CWA president is Jenny Ivey. SHOW TIME: Umbrellas and gumboots were the day's fashion, as school groups flocked to the displays, left. Pictures: ROSS MARSDEN patrons too,'' she said. ''People who are reg- ulars at Agfest will put on their boots and coats and they'll still come along.'' Own a bright future The offer to end all offers Ends June 30 2012 The summer s biggest blockbuster will be even bigger in autumn. From April through to June 2012, you can take advantage of an unbelievable offer across our entire tractor r ange -- from our utility TT through to the broadacre powerhouse T9 4EWD. You ll marvel at the standard 3-year warranty -- be awed by our 3% finance rate*. Critics say the styling, ergonomics and technology of our range is inspiring , award winning , the best yet . But there s only one way to find out for yourself. Visit brightfuture.com.au/3Dsuperdeals now and see how you can take part in all the action. But hurry, these must-see super deals are only around for 3 short months. 3 Year warranty 3% Finance 3 Month limited offer *30% deposit, 3 year term monthly repayments. Offer is available to business customers only and subject to credit approval. Terms and conditions apply. Contact your local dealership for full details.
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