PRODUCTION TOOLS & CALCULATORS
for Sheepmeat & Wool Producers
We have rounded up the tools that can help you have a better understanding of your business and to assist you in planning, growing and strengthening your enterprise.
Tools have been classified under the following TOPICS:
MLA STATISTICS DATABASE (MLA): Access up-to-date market information and statistics to help you make more informed decisions about breeding, buying, selling and exporting stock.
MANAGEMENT CALENDAR (Making More From Sheep): Maps out key management events throughout the year and contains a worked example for south-east Australia (for both merino and prime lamb production).
LIVESTOCK GROSS MARGIN ANALYSIS (Tasmanian Government): Helps to calculate GM for low and high rainfall districts in Tasmania for crossbred ewes, store lambs and wool sheep. Includes a worksheet that calculates the feed demand profile for different production systems.
AUSFARM (Horizon Agriculture): Software system that allows you to configure different simulations depending on different models of your farming operation.
WOOLCHEQUE (AWI): Based on wool characteristics and daily or historical prices, the calculator prices a wool clip.
STOCKING RATE CALCULATOR (MLA): Based on a paddock's carrying capacity, the calculator determines the number of sheep to stock in that paddock.
ON-FARM FIBRE MANAGEMENT (Sheep CRC): Calculates fleece measurement profitability through the likely profit from hogget clip preparation, adult clip preparation, ewe selection and wether selection.
SELECTION ASSIST (Sheep CRC): Predicts the likely outcomes of different breeding strategies.
RAM SELECT: "A web-based tool that enables ram buyers to more easily rank rams according to your breeding objective."
SMART MERINO (Sheep CRC): Four integrated tools to assist in planning a Merino-based wool production enterprise — a Merino vs Terminal Flock Calculator, On-Farm Fibre Measure Calculator, a Wether Calculator and a Flock Structure Tool.
SHEEP PERFORMANCE KPI (Beef and Lamb UK): Calculator developed to help producers collect key measurements and identify strengths and weaknesses in flock performance.
FLOCK PRODUCTIVITY & GOAL SETTING (University of Guelph)
WOOL & SHEEPMEAT ENTERPRISES (Making More From Sheep): Calculates cost of production per kg dwt and per kg wool clean (must do one enterprise at a time if have dual systems i.e. terminal and Merino sires).
CLIMATE & WEATHER
RAINMAN STREAMFLOW (DAF QLD): Enables analysis of rainfall and other climate variable at individual locations.
CLIMATEDOGS (NSW DPI): Uses sheepdog animations to explain the main drivers of climate variability in NSW.
METACCESS (Horizon Agriculture): Provides users with probability of specified weather patterns, long-term probabilities or specified weather events.
AUSTRALIAN CLI-MATE (Commonwealth of Australia):
BUREAU OF METEROLOGY OUTLOOKS: Access rainfall and temperature outlooks, the latest 3 month outlook video, climate models and the ENSO Wrap-up.
The Farm Table recommends you visit CLIMATE KELPIE, a website that rounds up climate tools for farmers.
SGS PASTURE MODEL (IMJ Consultants): A simulation model that predicts pasture growth in response to climate and management decisions.
GRASSGRO (Horizon Agriculture): A decision support tool to examine variability in pasture and animal production and analyses performance of different grazing enterprises.
PASTURES FROM SPACE (CSIRO): provides estimates of pasture production by means of remote sensing.
FEED DEMAND CALCULATOR (MLA): assists in matching pasture supply with livestock demand.
GREEN FEED TACTICAL MANAGEMENT CALCULATOR (Evergraze): compares the economic benefit of different uses of green feed, accounting for stock on hand, available green feed, lamb prices and feed prices.
FEED ON OFFER LIBRARY (AWI): With over 500 records collected, the library helps users estimate FOO and the nutritive value of grazed pastures.
RAINFALL TO PASTURE OUTLOOK TOOL (MLA, ABARES): presents rainfall and soil indices of moisture and pasture growth for last nine months and an outlook for the next three months.
PASTURE IMPROVEMENT CALCULATOR (Evergraze): Calculates the costs and benefits associated with resowing pastures compared to the current situation.
FEED BUDGET ROTATION PLANNER (EverGraze): Excel tool to assist in rotational planning, stocking rates, calculating pasture growth rate, economical rations and fertiliser rates.
DEFERRED GRAZING CALCULATOR (WA Government): Calculates how may days it will take for a pasture to meet a particular growth rate.
GROW MORE PASTURE (Making More From Sheep): Module 7 has a number of tools including fertiliser test strips, interpreting soil tests and pasture assessment techniques.
STRIP GRAZING CALCULATOR (DAFWA): Online calculator that helps to determine the area of strip in a paddock required for your sheep to increaseFOO during winter.
CALCULATE THE VALUE OF NITROGEN AND GIBBERELLIC ACID (Evergraze): Calculates the costs of applying these additives, which may assist pasture production during winter.
PHOSPHOROUS TOOL (MLA): Assists in determining suitable levels of P-fertilisation on acid soils in Southern Australia.
SUPPLEMENTARY FEEDING & FEEDLOTTING
DROUGHT FEED CALCULATOR (NSW DPI): An app that helps farmers in any location to determine minimum feed requirements for animals.
GRAZFEED (Horizon Agriculture): Computer program that provides a straightforward way to calculate the nutritional requirements of sheep and cattle.
FEED BUDGETING FOR EWE FLOCKS IN THE DRY SEASON (Lifetime Wool): Some 'rules of thumb' to guide supplementary feeding in dry periods.
FEED COST CALCULATOR (NSW DPI): Calculates and compares the protein and energy component of different livestock feeds and mixes.
FEED COST CALCULATOR (DAFWA): Calculates the lowest cost option for a number of different sheep feeds.
SUPPLEMENTARY FEED CALCULATOR FOR PREGNANT AND LACTATING EWES (DAFWA): Assists in the calculation of need for supplementary feed when low green feed is available.
FEEDLOT CALCULATOR (DPI NSW): A gross-margin calculator to assist with the decision to commit resources to feedlotting sheep.
ANNUAL FEED BUDGET (DAFWA): Assists in calculating a broad estimate of the feed requirement for a sheep enterprise.
FEED BUDGET TABLES FOR DROUGHT/DRY CONDITIONS IN SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA (Lifetime Wool): Assists in the decision of ewe maintenance requirements, calculated using Grazfeed.
NUTRITION, HEALTH & REPRODUCTION
CONDITION SCORING (LifetimeWool): Assists in estimating the nutritional wellbeing of your flock.
FAT SCORING (Making More From Sheep): Explains the fat scoring system and how to apply it.
SHEEP CONDITION SCORING (WA Government): App that allows you to enter condition scores, see averages and email data.
LAMBALIVE (Horizon Agriculture): excel spreadsheet that helps determine mortality risk.
SHELTER INVESTMENT TOOL: (Evergraze): analyses the return on investment in establishing shelter (via perennial grass hedges and shrub nurseries) to improve lamb survival.
RAM CHECK LIST (Making More From Sheep): A simple, go-to list to understand soundness of rams and the number of replacement rams needed.
SHEEP GESTATION TABLE AND CALCULATOR (Raising Sheep): easy-to-use sheep gestation calculator to be a useful tool when estimating the lambing date for the ewes in your flock.
LAMB GROWTH PREDICTOR (Sheep CRC): Predicts how many lambs and when they will reach a target weight.
LAMB EFFICIENCY CALCULATOR (Aberystwyth University): UK-based tool that enables sheep farmers to evaluate their own flock's performance and compare against other sheep enterprises.
SCANNING CALCULATOR (Flockscan): Based on a 5-6 week joining, this calculator gives a range of dates for scanning in order to achieve the most accurate results.
DISEASE & PESTS
FLYSTRIKE CALENDAR (FlyBoss): Assists producers to document their integrated approach to the management of flystrike.
FLYSTRIKE DECISION SUPPORT TOOLS (FlyBoss): Helps to calculate flystrike risk and optimal treatment time as well as comparing management systems for control.
FLYSTRIKE ASSIST (WA Government): Management tools to assist with decisions about the appropriate chemical for flystrike prevention.
LICEBOSS TOOLS (AWI, Sheep Industry CRC): A decision support system that helps to identify, treat and prevent lice.
WORMBOSS: Assists with drenching decisions.
TIMERITE (AWI): Predicts the best time to spray in spring to control red legged earth mites.
SHEEP LICE COST CALCULATOR (Farm Advisor - Bayer): Calculator to help you estimate the financial impact of lice in your flock.