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Online EBLEX Calendar to Help Flock Management

20 August 2014

UK - An online flock management tool will help to structure sheep farmer workloads, says the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).

Taking farm planning a step beyond 'scribbling' into calendars and diaries, the EBLEX Better Returns Programme (BRP) has launched an electronic tool monitor time keeping onfarm. 

The Flock Management Calendar provides a simple, free-of-charge solution for recording time-sensitive important tasks. Once a tupping or lambing date is entered into the calendar, key production dates, such as when ewes should be scanned, when certain vaccinations should be given and when ewes and rams should be condition scored, are automatically set throughout the year.

Weekly reminder emails for upcoming tasks are then automatically generated every Sunday.

Multiple calendars can be created for different groups of sheep (early lambers, main flock, ewe lambs etc) simply by adding different lambing or tupping dates. Each group will then have its own specific calendar linked to that date.

As well as essential, time-sensitive tasks, the calendar also flags up things which should be considered at different times of year, for example the risk of liver fluke or worms. In addition, there is an option for producers to add their own bespoke tasks, such as specific veterinary treatments which need to be administered to an individual or a group. The Flock Management Calendar can be used on smartphones, tablets and computers – meaning you can keep it in your pocket at all times.

Katie Brian, BRP project manager, said: “This tool is simple to use and offers farmers convenience and peace of mind, as it works out all of the important dates for action and sends reminders for them. We are seeing more of an appetite for technology to assist the industry and this is an excellent example of that. ”

Anyone can register by visiting EBLEX BRP Flock management calendar.

The flock management calendar is part of a range of resources that EBLEX BRP makes available to English beef and sheep producers to help them identify improvements to their businesses in terms of animal performance, cost reduction and environmental impact. These include regular newsletters, technical manuals and videos, as well as a busy programme of events around the country, covering the themes of breeding, selection for slaughter, health, fertility, nutrition, forage, systems and costings.

In addition, a range of more advanced ‘BRP+’ publications are now also available. These online documents are based on industry research, enabling producers to further develop their knowledge.

For more information or to sign up visit our Better Returns Programme section.

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