OF FLOCK PRODUCTIVITY AND GOAL SETTING:
In order to fully understand how well (or poorly) a flock is performing, it is critical to analyze basic productivity and set goals for the future. The analysis can be very basic (required for this program) or very intensive (optional for this program). This is NOT a genetic evaluation program which rates individual animals within your flock - this evaluates the performance of the whole flock.
THE PAPER FORMS: The FP data form asks for simple numbers (e.g. number of sheep that died last year). The FP calc&goals form sticks those numbers into set formulae which are simple to calculate. It also provides space for the producer to set goals for the next 12 months.
THE SPREADSHEET: For those that own Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet is available for download and can substitute for the paper forms. The spreadsheet comes with example numbers which - if the space is white or beige - can be deleted before you start. When you start, under the File menu, use the feature "save as" to save the spreadsheet with your name and date. This way, you can keep several versions of your analyses over the years.
THE SOFTWARE PROGRAM: For those that own "Ewe Byte" version 3, the program will provide the same analysis under the menu option Create Reports>Flock Summaries>Annual Productivity
For flocks with only one breeding group that lamb once / year, then select the period starting the day the rams are joined with the ewes.
For flocks with more than one breeding group that lamb once / year (no accelerated lambing), then select a period that does not divide a group from when lambing starts to the end of weaning. We also encourage you to analyze productivity by breeding group (optional).
For flocks on accelerated lambing programs, select a 12 month period that makes the most sense to your management. We also encourage you to analyze productivity by breeding group (optional).