Mapping Mowing Tracks


Straight lines for boundaries and subdivisions are the most efficient way for the farmer to go. Trees and stones can interrupt farmer labour and cause never mown places.

The grass of the residual paddock is concealing a large number of stones. Granite stone is common in this environment and unremovable during clearings of the late nineteen twenties. As a result, this land became a deposit for more stones and at the same time a perfect hiding spot for quails. Tim Garstone, the farmer maintaining the land of The Farm Margaret River, is explaining the efficiency of his mowing movements. The mapped GPS tracks are making visible the unmown part of the paddock. The grass on this paddock of The Farm Margaret River can be mown once a year in the spring. During the summer the grass will dry out. A rotational grazing system is required; having a balance between the amount of grass and cows. The mowing of the paddock is not always without consequences. Stones concealed in the grass can interrupt the mowing. As a consequence, the farmer must remove the stones. Depositing stones under solitaire trees in the paddock is the most efficient place.


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