The Lambing Planner

Page last updated: Friday, 8 March 2024 - 8:07am

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The Lambing Planner is a simple tool that allows you to change a lambing date or a joining date to see the impacts of that on other key times in the reproductive year. It also features a short best-practice guide for lambing. It is available as a hand-held, paper based tool or as an App in both Android and iOS formats.

Developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and the ASHEEP & BEEF group of Esperance, the Lambing Planner brings together best practice guidelines in one easy-to-use tool.

The Lambing Planner sets out key management operations that make up the breeding cycle, providing information on:

  • ewe and ram nutrition
  • condition score targets at different stages
  • reproductive management
  • lambing guidelines.

Lambing Planner App

The Lambing Planner App has all of the same functions and information as the paper based tool but allows you to save your choices for future reference.  The calendar displays the current activities and stages of pregnancy or lactation with more detailed information at the click of a button.

New upgrades have improved the functionality of the app, and allows users to register, save plans to the cloud, be notified of upcoming tasks, share plans with others and save plans to their calendar.

Lambing Planner app home screen Lambing Planner app plans screen

It is available at no charge on:

IOS app store logo Android app store logo

Note - Upgrades to Apple version are complete, upgraded Android version coming very soon.

Lambing Planner paper based tool

The easy-to-use dial design allows you to select a joining date and from that point, gain a series of guidelines and recommendations including the use of teasers, ram preparation, joining ratio, ewe feed requirements and the timing of worm egg count and lamb vaccinations. 

Cover of the Lambing Planner

For a free copy of the paper-based Lambing Planner, contact the department's Katanning office on +61 (0)8 9821 3333 or email

The Lambing Planner paper tool is supported by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).