Eblex devises digital aid for sheep farmers

Sheep producers can now make the most of a new digital tool from The Eblex Better Returns Programme (BRP) which helps to manage flocks electronically.

Eblex said flock management involves a significant amount of planning to ensure key tasks are completed when they should be, and the free-of-charge Flock Management Calendar provides an electronic solution to make the process simpler.

The organisation added: “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.”

Users can create multiple calenders for different groups of sheep, while the calender will also flag up seasonal issues – for example the risk of liver fluke or worms. Bespoke tasks, such as specific veterinary treatments, can be added, and the system can be used on smartphones, tablets and computers.

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  http://www.flockcalendar.com/

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