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Training

With a proven history in agribusiness along with delivering professional training services to the farming sector, we offer the highest quality service with a realistic approach. Over the past 20 years Ben has worked with  leading agribusiness  organisations and world leading processors to understand the complexity of the global agricultural industry. With experience as a manager for corporate investors combined with running our own operations, Ben understands agricultural systems and the needs of investors.

Training

Ben is a fully qualified trainer with over 20 years experience teaching as part of BRALCA as well as for TAFE and Universities. The courses delivered through BRALCA are a range of short courses focused specifically on managing your farming enterprises. These courses are run on an as-needs basis to suit your business requirements. Some of the most popular courses are shown below. If you have specific needs please contact us.

Drone over corn

Drone over corn

Over the past 12 months Bralca has worked with importers of light weight multi copters to develop a training package to assist people to formulate ideas about how drones can assist their agricultural enterprise and to understand the safe and effective use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft.

This includes:

  • How to control your drone – get it to return home
  • Basic maintenance and repair of your drone
  • Overviews of available drones on the market
  • Australian laws related to the use of RPA’s for private use
  • Setup, procedures and safety checks

STAGE 1 - Collecting and managing aerial images

STAGE 2 - Advanced computer control options

STAGE 3 - Overview of Agricultural applications

crop-mapping

 Capturing imagery at key times of crop emergence, tillering and flowering can assist a farmer to more accurately monitor crop density, health and to predict the variability in yield from any set of plantings.

Any one field, even the most even looking field from the side often shows significant variance when viewed from above. Standard digital cameras known as RGB (Red, Green, Blue) paired with the right software can provide information on features not visible by the human eye. These features can include biomass and nitrogen variance.

Mounting a camera fitted with filters to collect near infrared imagery provides detailed information represented through the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index. This index provides a live snapshot of which plants are actively photosynthesizing. Whilst NDVI maps are available from satellites, these are often on a weekly or fortnightly basis and can be effected by cloud. Also satellite maps are generally on 250m – 500m pixel size.

Drone mounted systems can generate NDVI maps on any given day (outside of days of rain) at an accuracy of 1- 5cm pixels. This provides up to date information on individual plants across a field that would not be visible for another 10 days if we were to wait on traditional visual assessment.

Early identification of plant stress allows for timely identification and treatments to prevent spread of disease or early treatment of deficient nutrients before significant yield losses are caused.

By using high definition maps throughout the growing period rather than looking at a yield map post harvest, we can take a proactive approach to matching inputs where required with the aim of maintaining input costs whilst increasing yields – The result being reduced cost of production.

A hands on course

A hands on course

+PLUS training “Introduction to Ultrasound Course”. This course is for Animal breeders, vets, agricultural contractors and university students who are interested in a practical approach to ultrasonography. It focuses on the theory of Ultrasound and the specifics of using the Draminski Ultrasound Equipment.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Accurately outline an Ultrasound program to get the most from your breeding animals.
  • Identify the critical pieces of equipment required to undertake scanning of sheep, cattle and pigs.
  • Identify various stages of pregnancy and
  • Successfully care for and maintain your equipment.

The focus is on using the equipment and gaining hands on experience with a variety of animals including sheep, cattle and pigs. It includes Reference notes and standard operating procedures.

UPCOMING COURSES:

Courses are run every 6 to 8 weeks based on demand. For more information or to register your interest

Contact us.

MOLONG November 2016

We help put the pieces together

We help put the pieces together

If you have a particular training need for your business contact us. We can create a package specifically for you.

ANIMAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION

Gaining a better understanding of Animal health and nutrition is one of the keys to improving animal production. At Bralca we are working with researchers to implement cost effective health programs in line with Best Practice guidelines. By using tools such as Fecal worm egg counts producers can reduce dependency on chemical products which in turn reduces business running costs.

 PRODUCTION CALENDERS

The use of planned breeding calenders assists clients to plan reproduction and shearing based on feed supply curves. This not only improves animal production, but also minimises the need for supplementary feeding.

ANIMAL HANDLING TECHNIQUES

Bralca has Experience in designing portable yards and handling equipment to suit remote area requirements combined with low stress stock handling; making the job easier on animals and staff.

The team at Bralca can advise on what equipment can add efficiency to your system. It is the little tricks learnt from operators around the country that give Bralca the edge in animal handling facilities.

Photo courtesy of AWI

Photo courtesy of AWI

2017 NMC – Melbourne | Saturday, 27 & Sunday, 28 May

The NMC is an Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) initiative designed to allow young people to engage with the Merino industry by developing their knowledge, skills and networks, and involves presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals. Students participate in seven ‘mini-challenges’ over two days, testing their knowledge of Merino fleece, production, breeding and selection.

Techniques from several well-known industry initiatives, such as MERINOSELECT, Lifetime Wool, Bredwell Fedwell and Visual Sheep Scores, are used throughout the NMC, giving students a realistic and practical insight into the tools available to growers to make more informed decisions.

The Challenge has two sections – late secondary and tertiary – and is open to years 11 and 12 and tertiary students, Australia-wide. The tertiary sector includes university students and those studying through TAFE or another RTO.

Students can choose to do as much or as little work in the lead up to the NMC as they like. Materials are provided to all participants and their teachers to create a more even playing field.

Teams from schools, colleges, universities and TAFEs across Australia met in Dubbo, NSW for the inaugural NMC in 2013. Since then, AWI has run the NMC three times (2014 in Melbourne, 2015 in Adelaide and 2016 in Sydney), with each year attracting more participants in increasing interest and industry support around Australia.

The 2017 NMC will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds on Saturday, 27 and Sunday, 28 May 2017. Students are required to attend the two-day workshop, which incorporates an industry dinner to allow them to meet key industry figures and have a bit of fun!

 

Why Choose Us

Ben has been recognised at the highest levels for his involvement in the sheep industry including:

  • Program Manager of the National Merino Challenge for Australian Wool Innovation
  • Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership program 2010 – present
  • Sits on the advisory panel for NSW Sheep Connect
  • Currently writing units of Competency for delivery through University of New England, NSW Australia
  • Vice President of the World Council of Sheep Breeders 2007 -2010
  • Finalist in the IWTO World wool awards for his streamlined supply chain program.
  • Ben Watts holds a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, a Diploma in Rural Business and a current TAA.

What Client’s Say

Collaborating with like-minded people turns work into play – the ideas just flow. Ben is one of those special, eternally optimistic vital people who makes things happen and who sees opportunities everywhere. He is a great person to have on your team!
Jane Lovell, Tasmania
The team at BRALCA has an understanding of what it takes to build a truly sustainable farm business.From the enterprises matched with the land to the business planning, they understand what it takes to produce a product that the market needs
Greg Sawyer, NSW
The team at BRALCA have been key in assisting me to implement new thinking to improve my farm business
Tom Tourle, KYD Pastoral Company
Ben’s friendly and unique training style has meant I have used him to provide training to my clients in the use of the Draminski scanning system.
Phil Schoeffel, Advanced Farm Services
BRALCA’s ultrasound training has provided us with the skills to accurately and efficiently scan our thousands of breeding cows allowing us to improve our calving rates.
Tom Murphy, Collinsville QLD