ADVANCES in Electronic Identification (EID) systems are making precision management of sheep even more simple and affordable.
New hardware options have meant that complex EID tasks can be undertaken with a bare minimum of equipment. The key to designing your system is knowing what information you want from EID and understanding how to correctly use it for the best benefit of you and your farming business.
Independent advice on equipment and a well-planned approach to an EID system is now available to producers, through the course ‘Using EID for Sheep Management and Breeding’ being rolled out in NSW and Victoria in the coming months.
The course, developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC), is available through a number of licensed training providers.
Wellington stud breeder, Norm Smith, Glenwood Merinos, recently completed the course through NSW TAFE as a part of his involvement with the SRS Group.
“At Glenwood we have been pedigreeing for seven years, and collecting data for more than 20 years but there is always more to learn,” Mr Smith said.
“The more data you collect, the more you have to manage and analyse and this is where the training is invaluable.
“If you decide to go down the EID track, you can make a lot of mistakes at first if you don’t go through the proper training and get advice on correctly setting up your system.
“There is a raft of EID products on the market and the course will help you understand what equipment you need to achieve your objectives, as well as the right management software and tips on analysing and using the data on farm. The course helps to ensure that you capture the benefits from the capital outlay.”
‘Using EID for Sheep Management and Breeding’ is an intensive course, delivered through three face-to-face group sessions on farm, followed by a one-on-one session with the course facilitator to ensure that the outcomes are customised to your individual requirements.