The Lambing Planner

Page last updated: Tuesday, 24 January 2023 - 11:47am

Please note: This content may be out of date and is currently under review.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The app is being revamped to remove a date glitch.  Please use dates for 2022 if needing the app prior to the new release.

Developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and the ASHEEP 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

* We are aware of an issue with the lambing planner app affecting joining date selection. We are in the process of updating the app and welome any feedback on features to be updated via this link *

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.

screens in the lambing planner app
New Lambing Planner App brings together best practice guidelines in one easy-to-use online tool

It is available at no charge on:

The Lambing Planner App has been made possible by the Sheep Industry Business Innovation project (SIBI), supported by Royalties for Regions.

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 funding from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Contact information

Katherine Davies
+61 (0)8 9690 2169
Danny Roberts
+61 (0)8 9892 8535