Web-based apps used by sheep producers and their advisors will draw on weather data to predict pasture production, feed budgets and risks from parasites, cold and heat stress.
This data will allow better decisions on culling, supplementation, management groupings etc. at joining, pregnancy scanning, weaning and shearing and ultimately determine what needs to happen to individual animals to improve wellbeing and productivity of the flock.
A large proportion of this work will focus on on-farm testing of the wellbeing App.
These tests will validate algorithms used in the determination of risk profiles and determine the efficiency of data transfer to and from farm management software providers.
As part of this process a benefit:cost analysis will also be completed which will provide the basis of the development of a sustainable business model for the App and the data platform.