Staff from the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC), leading breeders and farm consultants will man Telstra stands at upcoming agricultural field days, starting with AgQuip in Gunnedah next week.
The roadshow will then head to Dowerin Machinery Field Days in WA in the last week of August and the Henty Machinery Field Days in the NSW Riverina during September.
“The web-based app, RamSelect.com.au is a game-changer for the sheep breeding industry in Australia, and together with Telstra, we want to make sure as many people as possible are aware of this valuable genetic selection tool,” Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe said.
“At the field days the team will have the app on display on a number of iPads at the Telstra site, allowing producers to engage directly with the people who helped develop this tool, and learn how they can maximise the benefits it offers.”
RamSelect.com.au has been developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) in conjunction with Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications provider, and Pivotal Labs in San Francisco, one of the leading software development companies in the world. The NSW Department of Primary Industries has also had extensive involvement through the development of the app, providing expertise from the initial concept to the final product.
It allows commercial sheep breeders to search for, and list the most suitable rams available for their production system, drawing on powerful Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) data through software that is extremely intuitive and easy to use.
RamSelect.com.au allows ram buyers to quickly rank rams available for sale against their breeding objective prior to sale day. On sale day the buyer only needs to check the visual traits before making their purchase decisions.
The web-based app builds upon the popular RamSelect training workshops which have helped thousands of sheep producers to use profitably use genetic technologies to bolster their production.