Late December born and early January born lambs are now in the weaning weight bracket (between 66 – 120 days old) and breeders will need to get these uploaded before the end of April/beginning of the first week of May. Late February born lambs are now in the 40 day weights bracket (between 20 – 65 days old), so LambPlus breeders with lambs of this age need to get their 40 day weights uploaded within the next 2 weeks in order to avoid missing out on gaining valuable DQI marks, click here to read more on the DQI and why it is important. Using the LambPlus App to record weights makes recording more convenient and quick with information being uploaded to the database straight away.
Recording Health & Weights on the LambPlus App
Sheep Ireland updated to a newer version of the LambPlus App with modifications and testing currently underway. Sheep Ireland have taken into consideration all the feedback from LambPlus users since the first version of our app was launched. Previously breeders could record their health data under the heading ‘Inspections’ however a new version of the app was released a number of months ago, now recording your inspections can be found under the heading ‘Health & Weights’. Around weaning of lambs is one of the ideal times to inspect and record health data on all animals, especially ewes. Where there are any incidences of mastitis, prolapse or lameness at this stage it can recorded. Using the LambPlus App makes the practice of recording performance data much easier for breeders.
Recording Health & Weights on the Website
On this screen breeders can record their health data as well as their weights. Any incidences of lameness, mastitis (females only), prolapse (female only) or laryngeal chrondritis can be recorded as well as body condition and dag scores. The management group of the animal (ie outdoor vs indoor) can also be recorded. After logging in, breeders should go to the management tab, click on ‘Health & Weights’ and a data of inspection must be entered. Once the date is entered, there is a choice to select only lambs, ewes and rams and the animal’s ID can be typed into the search bar. The details of the animals can then be entered here, once satisfied that all data on inspected animals has been entered, the preview animals tab at the top right of the screen needs to be selected and all details of animals need to be confirmed before being moved out of the flock.
Take a look at the video below on how to use the health and weight ‘inspections’ screen