What’s the best sheep data software for me?
As the sheep industry becomes more high-tech, farmers are turning to electronic technology to record and manage large amounts of flock performance data.
To help producers choose the software package that is right for them, a new on-line survey has been launched seeking feedback from users.
The survey which takes around 20 minutes to complete is available through the Australian Sheep CRC website: www.sheepcrc.org.au . Facsimile copies can be obtained by phoning the project manager, Tim Dyall, CSIRO Livestock Industries on 02 6776 1463.
Mr Dyall said industry advisers frequently received inquiries from producers about the best software programs for them to use.
“Until now it has been possible to find out what programs are available but there has been no independent assessment of which ones may be best suited to individual needs”, Mr Dyall said.
The survey is being conducted by CSIRO Livestock Industries and the NSW Department of Primary Industries to help fill this information gap. Survey results will be a helpful guide to product selection and will also provide constructive feedback to existing users and service providers.
“It will evaluate the various commercially available software packages for sheep producers by understanding the software’s uptake and usage,” Mr Dyall said.
Once the information has been collected, the data will be analysed after which it is planned to summarise this information on the Sheep CRC website. A list of service providers and their products is currently available at: www.sheepcrc.org.au/manufacturers .
In order to direct enquirers to a range of products focusing on wool or meat production and/or genetics, the survey will provide an impartial evaluation of the available products.
“There are numerous data management applications available – all with well-built features adapted to particular applications,” Mr Dyall said.
But which one is best for the individual? The aim of the survey is to find this out.
Mr Dyall said sheep producer’s cooperation and feedback in completing this survey will be welcomed.
“Sharing their experience will help make the best possible use of the technology that is available,” he said.
- Once the information has been collected, the data will be analysed after which it is planned to summarise this information on the Sheep CRC website
- A list of service providers and their products is currently available at: www.sheepcrc.org.au/manufacturers