To get a movement licence, I just tap in the app, scan or attach the tag numbers and email. It is very intuitive and easy, so even I can do it. I like the fact that I no longer have to do the movement licences after work. We all have a smartphone and in each vehicle there is a charger, and we have EID readers that plug into the same USB chargers. All the devices plug into all the vehicles, so even if you go in a tractor or lorry, you can load sheep, do a licence, unload and it is all done. Saving a lot of time. It has also revolutionised my medicine book.
Ewes are easily identified in the field with large management Zee ‘flag tags’ cross referenced to EID. We tag lambs at birth, recording weight, sex, birth date, maternal ability and any problems etc. Parentage is pre-populated onto the mothers individual animal record from the tupping groups or AI groups and then 8 weeks later, we record weight again. At weaning ewes and lambs are weighed again. Gradually, it builds up a picture of which animals are efficient and which are not. Then, by sending all of this information to Signet, the sheep are ranked. This data can be exported, analysed on spreadsheets and imported back into iLivestock, so you can draft animals depending on their indexes or any other filters you need to apply. If you are breeding your own replacement ewes, it is really rewarding to identify and breed from your high index animals and watch your flock further improve.