SIBI – Pedigree matchmaker | Department of Agriculture and Food WA


With a wool prices as they are at the moment
and lamb you want to know what ewe is producing the most amount of profit to your farm. I’m Thomas Pengilly I’m farming on the family
farm with Trudy and Bruce Pengilly where about 102 kilometres north-west of Esperance out
at Cascade on about a 4000 hectare property we run about 1800 ewes. We bought the pedigree Matchmaker about 5
years ago and it’s been really good as an ability to select better genetics down the
track in ASPV’s. Across Australia pretty much the way to go
is you stick to ewe’s on one side and the lambs on the other and try to mate them up. That does have flaws in just human error and
that was between 1 1/2 to 2 labour units so you’re tying a couple of people up right at
the middle of seeding. With the Matchmaker all they have to do now
is we set up in the paddock, it collects the data for us. We have the Matchmaker set up so that foods
on one side waters on the other, they walk through to get one, back to get the other. We set it up as is the black panel there is
the Pedigree Matchmaker when the lambs drop we tag them, bring them in with their moms and as mum comes through the tag gets read by the panel, gets collected on the back by
little white box and then it reads the lambs tagged as follows through with mom. Once all of that’s done and we’ve run them
through enough I then bring the laptop in and connect it up via Bluetooth to download
the file then crunch that through the software, our management software. So it’s all really simple, really straightforward. Our ability to then no who mum is and select
on that pedigree knowing whether she has had a good lamb or not over the last 5 years or not. We sat down and actually looked at the labour
savings we ended up ahead. Hi I’m Peter Rowe and I’m an agricultural
economist and I’ve been working in the field for over 20 years. I was asked by the Department of agriculture and food to look at the economics of the Pedigree Matchmaker. The Pengillys spent $3400 purchasing the system,
over 10 years it returned $3.20 for each dollar they’ve spent. The payback sure this investment is three
years meaning that after three years there ahead of their initial investment. Waving a wand over an ear tag and bringing
it up on software is so much simpler than flicking through pages and pages of books. Sheep in our environment are definitely a
critical diversification and especially with how the sheep are looking at the moment. There’s a common knowledge that sheep are
hard work, the way the industry is moving and the sheep that the industry is trying
to breed that’s nearly a thing of the past. Yes there are common times when sheep do need
looking after but the type of animal that we’re leaning towards the work just isn’t
there any more. And especially with these technologies coming
in and making life easier yeah it might be the turn of a misconception. The Department of Agriculture and Food WA,
through its Sheep Industry Business Innovation project, made possible by Royalties for Regions
is supporting and sharing new technologies in the sheep industry. This is improving labour efficiency in the
sector and making it easier all round, to run sheep.

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