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ASKBILL as a web-based program to enhance sheep well-being and productivity

LP Kahn, IR Johnson, JB Rowe, L Hogan, J Boshoff

Animal Production Science | Published : 2017

Abstract

ASKBILL is a web-based program that uses farm measurements, climate data and information on genetics to predict pasture growth, animal performance and animal health and climate risks. The program uses several biophysical models, which are customised by user inputs, localised daily weather updates and a dynamical probabilistic 90-day climate forecast to enhance sheep well-being and productivity. This approach can minimise the requirement for manual, auto and remote measurements, thus reducing labour requirements and complexity. In this article, the animal growth model provides an example of a biophysical model used to provide predictions. This is an energy-based model and the model parameteri..

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