Lambing Planner: App developed by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and ASHEEP

Planning for lambing has gone digital with the popular paper-based tool, the Lambing Planner, now available as an award-winning mobile app.

The Lambing Planner is a best practice guide for lambing, developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Esperance-based farmer group ASHEEP.

Department senior development officer Mandy Curnow said the Lambing Planner had been one of the most popular tools.

“It is a simple tool that allows producers to change a lambing date or a joining date to see the impacts of that on other key times in the reproductive year. It has had strong uptake as a hand-held, paper-based tool and is now available as an app in both Android and iOS formats,” Ms Curnow said.

The Lambing Planner calculates other key milestones in the reproductive year based on producer entries and sets out key management operations that make up the breeding cycle, providing information on ewe and ram nutrition, condition score targets at different stages and reproductive management.

It is a simple tool that allows producers to change a lambing date or a joining date to see the impacts of that on other key times in the reproductive year

Senior development officer Mandy Curnow

The calendar displays the stages of pregnancy or lactation and current recommended activities with more detailed information at the click of a button.

The lambing planner app recently won gold at the 2017 TECH Design Awards.

ASHEEP committee member Bob Reed said he appreciated efforts to convert the planner into an app, after the success of the paper-based tool.

“ASHEEP’s original intention with the planner was to sequence a system that made 100 per cent lambing outcomes an expectation rather than a surprise.

Such outcomes are now becoming a reality for many Esperance farmers,” Mr Reed said.

The app is free on Android and iOS and more information can be found at agric.wa.gov.au/management-reproduction/lambing- planner. P

aper copies of the Planner remain available from the department’s Katanning office, by contacting katanning.customerservicecoordinator@agric.wa.gov.au.