Livestock

Software nearly ready

By Country News

ASKBILL is entering a final testing phase ahead of its commercial release to the sheep industry later this year.

The web-based software has been developed by the Sheep CRC to provide producers with timely and accurate predictions of sheep wellbeing and productivity using climate, stock and pasture information.

An extensive user trial of ASKBILL began last year, with the feedback provided by sheep producers and advisers critical to a raft of improvements and additions which go live on the system soon.

The most important change is the incorporation of short and long-term weather forecasts to complement actual measurements and the long-term historic averages.

‘‘The feedback provided to the Sheep CRC development team by producers and farm advisers participating in the pilot trial has directly resulted in a number of other changes to enhance ASKBILL’s performance,’’ Sheep CRC chief executive James Rowe said.

‘‘The changes include fewer and better-targeted alerts, faster synchronising of predictions and new features such as feed budget predictions out to six months to help producers plan from joining to lambing in a single step.’’

The latest version of ASKBILL has been made live to the producer testing group for final validation ahead of the full commercial launch later this year.

■For more information, visit: www.sheepcrc.com.au