The Home Screen Dashboard
The Home screen Dashboard gives you at-a-glance summaries of livestock numbers and production information. It also provides quick access to data entry screens and key reports.
FarmWizard Dairy Main Screens
|Navigation link to the home screen dashboard|
|Herd Manager menu: screens for managing animal identities, BCMS submissions, medicine and feed stocks|
|Beef Manager menu: screens for entering and viewing animal data for enterprise performance monitoring|
|Reports menu: access to all report categories – statutory, management and analysis|
|The name of the current selected herd|
|BCMS notifications panel: displays BCMS reporting errors for passports, movements and deaths that have been notified by the system|
|Summary of livestock numbers and KPIs|
|Quick links: a series of button links for common data entry tasks|
The Herd Manager Menu
The Herd Manager menu provides screens for entering animal data and managing records for statutory and farm assurance purposes. The most important screens include the following
The Herd Manager sub-menu provides screens for managing the animal identities in the current herd. The most important screens are:
The herd list enables you to search and view all animals in your account. Clicking an animal record will display it’s details to the right.
|Scrolling list of animal identities. Click on a list item to display the animal record|
|Search by management tag. Tick the Inc moved off box to include dead or sold animals in the search|
|Search by official identity number (will perform a partial match on the entered digits)|
|Animal list. Click on an ear tag to display the details to the right|
|Animal details panel|
|Data entry buttons for the current selected tag number|
|Breeding and medicine treatment history. An animal in withdrawal for a medicine treatment will show in red|
The Add Animal screen enables entry of a new tag number as a single record. You can optionally tick the Record Movement with BCMS button to automatically report the On movement to the CTS or APHIS system.
The Group Manager offers 45 group “containers” to which animal identities can be assigned. A Group in FarmWizard can be used in two ways:
1.As a Sub-Group to represent a batch of animals that are housed together under the same management regime. One animal can only be a member of one Sub-Group at one time
2.As a Report-Group to store a list of animals that has been generated by a FarmWizard Rule Report. One animal identity can be assigned to multiple report groups at the same time
The Re-Add Animal function has a dual-purpose:
1.Enables you to temporarily move animals off the herd holding, e.g for seasonal grazing
2.Provides the ability to add back animals that have been sold by mistake
The Batch Manager is a powerful tool that enables you to record data against a selected batch of animal ear tags. Using the Batch Manager will save you time when recording events like routine medicine treatments and animal sales.
Using the Batch Manger is a simple two-step process:
1.Select the list of animal IDs that you wish to record an event against. This can be done using several methods (see screen shot below)
2.Select the Event Type to record and define the detail. The defined event will be saved against each animal selected in Step 1
You can select animals using the following methods:
|Select “Ear Tags” or “Freeze Brands” (management tags) from the drop down and type in a comma (,) separated list e.g. 34, 35, 36. Click Select and the software will attempt to match and select the list|
|Select a date when the required animals had another event recorded on FarmWizard. Click Select to locate these animals|
|Define a filter using one or more criteria. Click Filter to select the matching animals|
|Select animals from the main List Box. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and left click on the required animals while scrolling down the list|
When you have all the animal identities selected, click the Record Event button at the top of the screen to select the required Event Type and define it’s detail.
Tip: when filtering animals by herd join date or date of birth, remember that you can just enter a month and year, instead of a specific date. For example, type “08/2015” into the Date of Birth box to select all animals born in August 2015.
The Dairy Manager
The Dairy Manager main menu provides access to sub menus for:
- Managing the cow breeding calendar, including AI sire semen stocks
- Managing milk production, including interaction with all the major milk recording agencies
The Reports Menu
The Reports menu provides access to the full suite of FarmWizard reports. The Reports menu is split into three sub menus:
- Fertility Reports
- Milk Records
- QA Reporting
- Rule Reports
This sub menu provides access to all reports for day-to-day breeding requirements plus in depth fertility analysis.
The Statistics sub menu includes all the standard measures of breeding and fertility performance. Many reports let you drill down to view the animal records that have been used in the calculations, for example 21 day pregnancy rate analysis lets you view the cows that were eligible in each 21 day period.
The Milk Records sub menu includes all standard reports and milk quality analysis (including cell count analysis) based on imported test results from authenticated milk recording.
QA stands for Quality Assurance and includes reports for the following statutory and management purposes:
- Herd Register
- Medicine Book – medicine stock control and usage
- Feeds – record of purchased feed and allocation to animal groups
All reports can be customised for presentation on hard-copy or electronic formats (spreadsheet and PDF). The report data can be controlled through the use of selection criteria.
The Rule Reports enable you to produce custom lists of animal IDs and medicine treatments. These lists can be viewed on-screen or downloaded to spreadsheet or PDF documents.