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About the App

Background

Stocktake GLM is a production decision support app developed using funding from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland (DAF).

Stocktake GLM is based on the previously, well respected Queensland government Stocktake monitoring package that allows the user to complete their monitoring and calculations in the paddock on their mobile device for an immediate response.

Importantly, Stocktake GLM will work without the need for mobile phone reception. You can store information and get results while you are in the paddock. This means your monitoring and feed budget data as well as your stock and rainfall data are with you at all times. All the reports on your device can be printed and/or backed up when you return to the office.

It’s FREE – thanks to DAF

Stocktake GLM is a vehicle for promoting the best management practices (BMPs) of monitoring grazing land condition, and undertaking shot-term forage budgeting, for more proactive management of pasture and livestock. The overall aim is to make these practices easier and more immediate for graziers.

The value and hence future measure of the success of the app will be linked to greater adoption of these BMPs. Therefore, this decision support tool is being offered free to all users.

Design & functionality

The app was designed to be visual, logical and intuitive for ease of use, and importantly to work in remote areas without the need of 3G/4G/5G phone reception.

Stocktake GLM:

  • Assists in monitoring grazing land condition by logically guiding the user through the process
  • Stores monitoring information and produces reports, including long-term carrying capacity calculations (based on the user’s inputs)
  • Guides the user through basic or detailed forage budgets
  • Stores rainfall records
  • Stores stock number (converts different animal types and classes to relevant Adult Equivalents, displays current stock on Land Condition reports and can import figures into the ‘demand’ section of a forage budget
  • Helps the user identify their land type(s), using the latest land type mapping of Queensland
  • Backups all information securely to the Cloud, that is only accessible by the registered user(s).

The app is more than a digital log, it has many in-built support tools including:

  • Land type factsheets
  • Pasture growth tables
  • Ground cover photo standards
  • Accessible yield calculation sheets
  • Pasture photo standards

Everything you need to do your monitoring in the paddock is now within your smart device – there is no need to carry around your pasture photo standards, your GPS, or your camera to complete your assessment!

Made for northern Australia, useful nation-wide

Stocktake GLM has been developed specifically for graziers and agri-business advisors in northern Australia, but has partial functionality elsewhere. Users in other areas can establish their own monitoring sites and produce report in the same manner, however the reports will not calculate region-specific pasture growth and long-term carrying capacities. Forage budgets, rainfall records and other reports have full functionality irrespective of user location.

Multiple devices, one Stocktake GLM account

If you would like someone else to help with your Stocktake GLM monitoring, calculations and reports, such as a family or staff member, they can access and add to the property information from their own device using the same account details.

It is not recommended that companies, agri-business advisors or NRM groups use a single account as you will end up with too many properties and reports within the app, and data may consume to much space on your device. If more than 8-10 properties are likely, it is better to have separate accounts and if property information needs to be shared, this can be done by exporting the reports.

The science

The techniques of grazing land condition monitoring and forage budgeting promoted in the Stocktake GLM app are not new. The techniques and inbuilt support tools within the app are based on sound, published rangeland science and, research and development undertaken in cooperation with the northern grazing industry.

The process of monitoring grazing land condition and the ABCD grazing land condition framework has been well documented. For more information, please see Rolling ball model – a slippery slope to poor productivity or attend one of the Stocktake (grazing land management) workshops – contact your local DAF beef extension officer.

Using paddock condition indicators together with grass growth predictions for local land types - Stocktake GLM allows managers to quantify the effect that sub-optimal land condition is having on their long-term paddock carrying capacity. The basic calculations for determining long-term carrying capacities are complex and have been automated within the Stocktake GLM app.

The forage budgeting technique provides a dynamic tool for land managers to adjust stock numbers based on seasonal forage supply. See What is forage budgeting? for more information on why and how to do a forage budget. The Stocktake GLM forage budget works solely on user input – it does not draw on any modelled data – view the basic calculations for the Stocktake GLM forage budget.