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Stock Monitor assists farmers

Accurate records of stock numbers and animal production with comparable data.

WHO:
Stock Monitor is a computer programme which was developed for Konsortium-Merino, in consultation with IIQ Consultants to aid stock farmers. This project is being financed by both parties and managed by IIQ.

WHY:
The aim of this stock management programme is to enable the Konsortium-Merino farmer to capture his stock numbers accurately and to measure his production. The animal production data will be gathered annually and then returned to the farmer, together with group averages (these are per district).

WHAT:
The stock management programme includes all herbivorous animals, but production data will only be entered for cattle, sheep and goats. Game will only be recorded once to ascertain the ratio between game and domestic animals.

Stock numbers, rainfall, sales, purchases, losses, consumption, births and wool production are recorded monthly for every production year. The system ascertains the total production value of every enterprise (woolled sheep or beef cattle) from information fed in monthly by the farmer. The direct costs of the enterprise are also entered annually to calculate the gross margin.

Typical information which will be forthcoming from this system: grazing capacity; rainfall; stocking rate; stock increases; kilogram wool and meat per hectare per LSU/SSU; accurate sales data and info (income per animal, slaughter %, marketing age); management of losses (theft, predators); the measurement of reproduction (rams to ewes, weight of ewes, scan %, lambs born per ewe mated/scanned, lambs weaned per ewe mated/scanned/lambed; kg liveweight weaned per kg ewes mated; Rand per ewe weaned less feed costs); and the measurement of direct costs.

WHEN:
The production year for the summer rainfall area is from 1 August to 31 July, and the winter rainfall area is 1 January to 31 December. Group averages will be available 60 days after the end of the production year.

WHERE:
To download Stock Monitor free of charge, visit www.konsortium-merino.com , go to The Merino and click on Computer Programme: Stock Monitor. Alternately, the programme is available from IIQ Consultants at R120 per CD or R250 per flash disc. A manual is included in the programme.

HOW:
The software is available free of charge to Konsortium-Merino farmers and IIQ clients. The group averages will only be available to Konsortium-Merino farmers and IIQ clients, providing they submit their information. The price of R300 + VAT will go towards financing the development and maintenance costs of the programme.
Demonstrations on the use of the programme will be undertaken in groups by IIQ or the Konsortium mentors. In due course the programme will be available in English as well. All information is strictly confidential.

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