Flystrike Risk Simulator (Downloadable)

This is a comprehensive program that allows you to compare two different management systems. It will need to be downloaded with local flystrike data risk files from within 5 kms of your chosen location. 

This program estimates the risk of flystrike then makes adjustments for:

  • management options such as: shearing; crutching;
  • breech modification;
  • chemical preventive treatments; including optimising the timing of treatments;
  • effect of breeding for reduced breech strike.

If breeding is not required, get an on-the-spot answer, but with less location specific data, with the Online FlyBoss Quick Tools.

Please note: There are a number of steps to get the separate program file and your specific location flystrike risk files to the right place on your computer.

Please carefully follow the instructions provided.

The program will not work on 32-bit systems.

FlyBoss Desktop Tools - Windows Installation

1. Download the Installer

Depending on your Web Browser, you may get a message such as "FlyBoss Tools Setup.exe is not commonly downloaded and may be dangerous." If you do, click on the "⌃" arrow and select "Keep".

(The program is safe and was created by Brian Horton of the University of Tasmania)

2. Open the Installer

The file you just downloaded was called FlyBoss Tools Setup - Win.zip.

Find this zip file (likely in downloads folder) and open it to show another file: FlyBoss Tools Setup.exe.

Open the FlyBoss Tools Setup.exe file to start the software installation.

3. Approve the Installation

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You may be told that Windows Defender SmartScreen didn't recognise the application. Click on "More Info".

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Then click on "Run Anyway".

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Once the installer starts, click on "Next".

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Click on "Next" when asked to "Select Start Menu Folder".

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Click on "Next" when asked to "Select Additional Tasks".

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Click on "Install".

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Do read any instructions in the installer, then click on "Next".

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Click on "Next".

 

Click on "Finish".

4. Find the Installed Files

The installer created files in two places:

  • In your "Program Files (x86)" folder you will find a folder called "FlyBoss" with an application called "FlyBoss3".
    On most systems the full path will be "C:Program Files (x86)FlyBossFlyBoss3.exe".
    • This is the program/application you will open to use the tool.
  • In your "Documents" folder you will find a folder called "FlyBoss".
    On most systems the full path will be "C:Users[Your Username]DocumentsFlyBoss".
    • This is where you can find the FlyBoss Manual.
    • It is also where you should save the location flystrike risk files you download in the next step.

5. Download a Flystrike Risk File

You will need to save the file to your "DocumentsFlyBoss" folder.

Click here to find a flystrike risk file for your location.

  • On the map page, when you choose your location, enter a name you will remember, such as a property or a paddock name and then download it (choose Retrieve Flysrike Risk from Here button).
  • Find the downloaded file (likely in your downloads folder).
  • Move the file to the FlyBoss folder in your Documents directory.

6. Open FlyBoss

You should now be able to open the "FlyBoss3" application.

Look for it in your program folder and click to open.

 

In the Property tab you will be able to choose a flystrike risk location file:

1. Select a stored Flystrike file (if you have already downloaded a location file). or

2. Download a flystrike risk file from the internet (you can have multiple location files on your computer).

FlyBoss Desktop Tools - macOS Installation

1. Download the Installer

If you have a previous version of the FlyBoss application on your computer you will need to delete it from your applications folder.

Likewise, delete any FlyBoss files from your downloads folder before you start.

Open the file below.

2. Open the Installer

The file you just downloaded was called FlyBoss Tools Setup - Mac.zip

Find this zip file (likely in downloads folder or in the bottom corner of your browser window [choose Show in Finder]) and open it to show another file: FlyBoss Tools Setup.pkg in the same folder.

Open the FlyBoss Tools Setup.pkg file to start the software installation.

3. Approve the Installation

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Click on "Continue".

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Click on "Install".

Because of the folders the FlyBoss installs to, you may be asked for your administrator password. Enter it.

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If you have macOS 10.15 or above, you will be asked if "Installer.app" can access files in your Documents folder. This is so it can create a folder called "FlyBoss" there with the manual and initial chemical file. Click on "OK".

 

Click on "Click here to find a flystrike risk file for your location.".

4. Find the Installed Files

The installer created files in two places:

  • In your "Applications" folder you will find an application called "FlyBoss3".
  • In your "Documents" folder you will find a folder called "FlyBoss". This is where you should save the flystrike risk files that you download for your lcoations.

5. Download a Flystrike Risk File

You will need to save the file to your "Documents/FlyBoss" folder. If you didn't already do this from the installer, click on the link below.

Click here to find a flystrike risk file for your location.

  • On the map page, when you choose your location, enter a name you will remember, such as a property or a paddock name and then download it (choose Retrieve Flysrike Risk from Here button).
  • Find the downloaded file (likely in your downloads folder or at the bottom of your browser).
  • Move the file to the FlyBoss folder in your Documents directory.

6. Close the Installer

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Click on "Close".

You may move the installer to the bin afterwards.

7. Open FlyBoss

You will then be ready to open the "FlyBoss3" application, from your Applications folder.

In the Property tab you will be able to choose a flystrike risk location file:

1. Select a stored Flystrike file (if you have already downloaded a location file). or

2. Download a flystrike risk file from the internet (you can have multiple location files on your computer).

Flystrike Risk Simulator Instruction Manual

Download the Flystrike Risk Simulator Instruction Manual 

Quick User Guide

Open the FlyBoss Flystrike Risk Tools application

Property Tab

  • Select a previously stored location file or choose a different location file  
  • Click on ewes, rams, wethers, hoggets or lambs as required. Only select Mixed Sheep to run tests for the whole property with all types of sheep at once.

The strike risk graphs below the tab sheets show the risk of strike through the annual cycle of two different management systems. These update as you select management options.

Use Management System 1 for your current method and Management System 2 for a method you might consider changing to.

Wool tab

  • Test the effect of a specific shearing time by clicking on the box next to Shorn1 and/or Shorn2 and selecting the date.
  • Test the effect of a specific crutching time clicking on the box next to Crutch 1 and/or Crutch 2 and selecting the date.
  • Use the drop down box to select for breech modification (mulesed, unmulesed, clips or intradermal).         

Chemicals tab

  • Use the drop down box to select one or two chemical treatments. Read the help tips for information on limitations on time of application and optimising time of treatment.

Scores tab

  • Enter breech scores or fleece rot for your current flock.
  • Click on each tabsheet in turn to enter scores for breech wrinkle, breech cover, dag score and fleece rot.

Breeding tab

  • Use the sliders to test the effect of changes that could be made by breeding for breech traits compared with your current flock.

Summary tab

  • Gives a summary of the management selections, ignoring management options that were not used.

Click on the blue question mark found in each tab for more detailed instructions.