A NEW improved sheep condition scoring app has been released in Western Australia to help boost productivity in the states sheep meat and wool industry.
The app, developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, enables producers to monitor the condition of sheep and readily access information to manage sheep nutrition.
Accurate condition and consistent condition scoring helps producers determine if sheep are in the best condition for joining and lambing – making it a key tool for this time of the year.
The updated app allows users to add multiple records to a mob and add multiple mobs, as well as calculate averages, generate graphs and email raw data for more analysis. It also features instructional videos and explanations on how to condition score. The data can be emailed to the user’s account to allow further recording. The score pad can be used in either the left or right hand. The app can also be used for scoring other traits such as wrinkle and breech score or for any application that requires a score profile of 1 to 5.
DPIRD said condition scoring is an easy and accurate measure of estimating the nutritional wellbeing of sheep, and is the best method for monitoring pregnant and lactating ewes. Condition score should be used in combination with the available pasture to run feed budgets.
WA’s agriculture and food minister Alannah MacTiernan said tTechnical innovations such as the new sheep condition scoring app help drive productivity and growth in WA’s sheep and wool industries, particularly in more challenging seasons such as 2018 for our south-eastern and south coast farmers.
“Poor or delayed starts to the season make decision tools such as this app particularly useful for sheep producers to review their supplementary feed programs.
“The app is the perfect tool to get ahead of the game – to monitor sheep condition and adjust feed programs to maintain a minimum condition rather than allow animals to lose condition and then try to regain it,” Mrs MacTiernan said.
Visitors to DPIRD’s shed at Woolorama recently were able to test out the app and watch the videos on condition scoring and assessing feed on offer to give them an edge heading into lambing season. The app is available on the App Store or Google Play.
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