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Beyond the Bale : December 2014
ON FARM 39 Anew app for the iPad is publicly available which contains a shearing tally and wool book that enables the user to enter, store, automatically calculate and display data associated with sheep shearing. This includes property details, mob details, shearer, wool handler and staff employment details. The user is able to enter sheep tallies being shorn, calculated on an ongoing daily basis, and details of the bales of wool being produced, including all branding requirements. The app, known simply as the Shearing App, has been privately funded and developed, and is something which the developers anticipate will prove to be popular with a range of people, from contractors, woolgrowers that don’t use contractors, and individual shearers. The app is made up of two versions which allows the user to choose between Team and Personal use. The Team version is used for the setting up of a shearing team required for a particular property, including the property owner’s details. The user can enter as much or as little detail required to record and calculate all relevant shearing operations data, on an ongoing daily basis, until the job is complete. The user can also generate a payslip report for each employee, for a specific date range, which includes all gross, tax, super, allowance and deduction information. The app even includes an incident report section for the entry and storage of any workplace event as required. The Personal version does all that the Team version does (except include the incident report) but in a single person format. What the Personal version has extra is the ability to generate personal shearing statistics that are updated on a daily basis. This provides the user with up to date information on their personal shearing performance, detailing averages, best and worst performances and the day and date these milestones were achieved. There is also a diary and daily planner section, as well as the ability to capture and store photos and footage for social or employment purposes. Both the Team and Personal versions also include an updated information section providing the user with a Bale Description guide for branding, and the latest summary of the Pastoral Award relevant to shearing. The app, suitable for an iPad, can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. You can download the app for a month’s worth of tally and wool book use for $3.79 per month. When the month expires, you can renew again for another month at the same price. A new shearing tally and wool book app – the Shearing App – that provides a singular destination to record and display shearing information has been commercially launched on the market. NEW SHEARING APP The developers of the Shearing App – which has been privately funded and developed – say it is suitable for a shearing team or for personal use, and is quick, simple and easy to use. The app contains two versions which allows the user to choose between shearing team and personal use. Tim Barry of 'Lord Clyde' at Clunes, Victoria, using the Shearing App while shearing some crossbred lambs. MORE INFORMATION The developers welcome feedback and can be contacted on email@example.com