Smart Merino is a decision support software system designed to assist in planning a Merino-based wool production enterprise, using four integrated tools:
Merino vs Terminal Flock Calculator – estimates numbers of ewes to allocate to self-replacing Merino matings and first cross matings, with the aim of maintaining a sustainable self-replacing flock.
On-Farm Fibre Measure (OFFM) Calculator – assists to determine whether fleece measurement is likely to be a profitable practice for the flock. Based on flock structure and performance, likely profit is shown in four areas of production, hogget clip preparation, adult clip preparation, ewe selection and wether selection. A graphical format is provided over a ten year period along with suggestions for increasing profit by altering structure or selection method.
Wether Calculator – estimates the optimal economic proportion of wethers within the flock.
Flock Structure Tool – examines potential flock changes over time and estimates economic results from changes in selection strategies and flock structures.
Optimal numbers of ewes joined to Merino and Terminal sires for a self-replacing Merino flock.
Optimised hogget clip preparation, adult clip preparation, ewe selection and wether selection.
Optimised proportion of wethers within the flock.
Optimised flock age structure.
This software relies on macros to complete the calculations. For older versions of Excel, the default settings in Microsoft Excel have security set to high. To enable macros to run, this needs to be set to medium prior to opening any tools. This process is detailed below. These security settings will only need to be changed once, but ensure that macros are ‘enabled’ when prompted every time each tool is opened. To enable macros Microsoft Excel security must be set to medium or low. To do this: Open a blank MS Excel spreadsheet. Choose: Tools>Macro>Security. Select: Level > Medium.
If you don't already have Winzip installed on your computer, you will need to download it to unzip the Smart Merino software - CLICK HERE TO VISIT WINZIP.
When downloading these files for this tool please save them in a single folder on your computer (this will enable the links between files to work eg. the tool and the instructions).
After downloading all of the files into the one folder, please select ‘Smart Merino (v4.0).xls’ to start using the software. There are instructions on the first page within ‘Smart Merino (v4.0).xls’ on how to access the other tools from this point.
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