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New App for sheep producers to manage flystrike

The Department of Agriculture and Food has released its first smartphone app Flystrike Assist to help sheep producers manage flystrike from the palms of their hands. Department senior development officer Mandy Curnow said Flystrike Assist would make it easier and quicker for producers to access information about prevention treatments and crucial withholding periods. Ms Curnow said sheep producers used chemical treatments to reduce the risk of flystrike in their flocks. These treatments have strict withholding periods to allow the chemical to break down before the fleece is removed or the animal is slaughtered. “We’ve responded to the growing number of producers and stock agents who use smart phones and tablets in their every day decision making,” Ms Curnow said. “Producers can use Flystrike Assist to view the main chemical groups used to treat flystrike and their required withholding periods for shearing, slaughter and export. “The app also allows the user to record treatments for different flocks of sheep and schedule reminders of when withholding and protection periods have finished.” Flystrike Assist is currently available via iPhone and iPad applications and work is progressing to also make it available via android applications. Ms Curnow said the department was committed to making its information and tools accessible via a range of channels. “Technology is changing rapidly and it’s important we make the best use of what’s available to connect our information to those who need it in the most meaningful way,” she said. “That’s why we’ve used a range of channels to ensure growers can get their hands on Flystrike Assist in the way that works best for them.”

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