New ways of predicting risk to sheep wellbeing and productivity will be developed based on an integration of past and present information about individual animals or segments of the flock.
This will be done through the development of a data platform that will provide the capacity to collect and collate information (eg liveweight, condition score, fleece weight, health treatments, rainfall, temperature etc.) from various sources including Farm management service providers and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
Using this information and in-built biophysical models (feed availability, internal parasite burden, flystrike, weather extremes) the platform will facilitate generation of risk profiles for individual animals or management groups.
This information will then be distributed to producers through farm management system providers or in a more generalised way through an APP and can be used to inform management decisions involving culling, nutrition and animal health treatment.
As part of the platform there will also be the capacity for the producers to use a Productivity index to rank animals on the basis of phenotypic information about wool production, growth and reproduction history.