The latest version of the popular Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) smartphone app is now available with various updated features.
With more than 1500 downloads of the original application, significant feedback has been incorporated into the latest version.
This includes cloud capability to aggregate farm information from multiple users, new pasture assessment data to match both perennial and annual based pastures from across Australia, location settings and a new feed on offer assessment tool.
A free application for both Apple and Android phones, the LTEM App is a digital extension of the popular Lifetime Ewe Management course offered through Rural Industries Skills Training (RIST). The course trains woolgrowers to maximise productivity by accurately measuring and managing the energy requirements and inputs of their ewe flock through the reproduction cycle.
So far LTEM has directly involved more than 3000 woolgrowers, more than 8 million ewes and has influenced more than 25% of the national flock.
The course was developed by RIST from the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Lifetime Wool research project and as the major funder of the research and extension; AWI has contributed more than $12 million to LTEM and the Lifetime Wool project over the past 14 years.
The average LTEM participant manages just more than 3500 ewes and has increased whole farm lamb marking by 10%, reduced ewe mortality by 33% and increased stocking rate by 12%.
The Lifetime Ewe Management App is now free and is available for iPhones via the App store and iTunes. For android users the App will be available through the Google Play store in coming weeks. A series of tutorials within the App takes users through the new features contained within.
This App was created and built in-house at AWI with assistance from various LTEM trainers around Australia who helped roadtest it in paddocks and sheepyards across the country. The team included Marius Cuming, Marcus Majass and Pollapee Sroysuwan from AWI and Lifetime Ewe trainers Megan Rogers, Daniel Schuppan and Darren Gordon.
AWI acknowledges the contribution of the following parties towards Lifetime Wool: CSIRO, Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Primary Industries and Regions SA, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Tasmanian Government and the Department of Agriculture and Food WA.