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Updating Mob Count

July 30, 2016 in Farmware Tip

For your data to remain useful, you need to keep your mob counts up-to-date. There are a few ways you can do this using Livestock Activities:

1. If you have discovered dead animals, you can use the Found Dead activity to record this, and these will be deduced from your total. [Mob Management > Found Dead]

2. You could perform a Count activity [Mob Management > Count].

3. A number of additional Livestock Activities allow you to update the head count as part of the activity, for example Jet [Treatment/Provision > Jet]. Make sure you tick 'Update Mob Size' if you wish the new count to be saved.

Note: If you have multiple sexes in a mob, you will be asked to assign the sexes of missing animals.

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Post written by... Jessica Beggs

Breeding Scenarios

July 21, 2016 in Farmware Tip

We get a lot of questions from people wondering how to handle births of lambs, calves and other animals in Farmware. Let’s look at the logic and a couple of scenarios on how to handle your newborns.

The most relevant activities here are Mark and Births [Add Livestock Activity > Breeding]. When you count the new drop of animals you would do one of these activities. But what happens after this is your choice, and it may well be different from the bloke next door depending on how you wish to view your offspring.

To make things consistent we’ll just use the example of sheep. Based on user feedback, these are the main ways people want to regard their mob’s offspring:

1. Lambs in the same mob as ewes
2. Lambs as a division of the ewe mob
3. Lambs in their own mob

Let's take a closer look at each of these scenarios:

 

1. Lambs in the same mob as ewes

Benefit: This keeps things really simple, when you do activities on the whole mob you only need to select the ewe mob.

Considerations: Farmware knows which age groups you have in the mob but it won’t know how many in each age group, unless you search your activities for the original mobs.

How:
After you create the lamb mob using the Mark or Births activities you then do a Combine activity [Mob Management > Combine].
Select the first mob (ewes) then hit the “+” button and select the second mob (lambs).
Combine method: Merge Together
Into this Mob: Ewes
Save

Farmware Tip - Breeding Scenario 1

 

2. Lambs as a division of the ewe mob

Benefit: This allows you to keep the lamb mob separate to maintain accurate numbers and treatment records, but keeps it closely associated with the mothers.

Considerations: Although a lot clearer in the Livestock Summary, it's still a bit tricky to see at a glance how many lambs you have when you have multiple mobs of lambs.

How:
After you create the lamb mob using the Mark or Births activities you then do a Combine activity under Mob Management.
Select the first mob (ewes) then hit the “+” button and select the second mob (lambs).
Combine method: Keep Separate As Divisions
Into this Mob: Ewes
Rename Mob and Divisions as necessary
Save

Farmware Tip - Breeding Scenario 2

 

3. Lambs in their own mob

Benefit: This method is the clearest way to keep track of the lambs as an age group. And especially useful if you combine all new lamb mobs into one mob.

Considerations: Keeping an association with the mother mobs will rely on a descriptive name of the mob or divisions. Eg: “Lambs of orange tag ewes”

How:  
The Mark or Births activities will have done it already!

BUT you may have multiple lamb mobs that you wish to combine into one, so in this case:
After you create the lamb mob using the Mark or Births activities you then do a Combine activity under Mob Management.
Select the first mob (Lambs of orange tag ewes) then hit the “+” button and select the second mob (Lambs of purple tag ewes).
Combine method: Keep Separate As Divisions
Into this Mob: choose any of the lamb mobs, say "Lambs of orange tag ewes"
Rename Mob: you could call it “Merino Lambs”
Other Division Name: The mob you just chose to combine into… this is now a mob division, so make sure it reads: "Lambs of Orange tag ewes"
Save

Farmware Tip - Breeding Scenario 3b

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Recording Extra Details

February 17, 2016 in Farmware Tip

Do you ever have more to say???

All Farmware activities include a space to record Optional Details, including operator, time spent, and general notes. Because we believe the more details you record at the time, the more useful your data will be to look back on!

 

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Choosing a Combine Method

February 15, 2016 in Farmware Tip

Combining mobs together - there are a number of variations that can be achieved using the Farmware 'Combine' Activity:
* Combine mobs together
* Combine divisions of a single mob together
* Combine divisions of different mobs together
* Combine a division and a mob together (if they are the same mob, use Promote Division activity)

The flowchart explains the different options you can choose to achieve the desired result for your mob management scenario.

TIP: You must keep separate breeds in mob divisions of a mob.

TIP: This activity assumes that there has been a gate opened between paddocks, so if Mob 1 and Mob 2 were on different paddocks then the resulting mob at the end of this activity will be shown to exist on the sum of all paddocks that the original mobs or divisions were present on.
If this is going to create an inaccurate scenario then you should consider doing a Move activity either just before or just after the Combine activity.

... and don't worry if you forget this; it's all in your app in the Help screen 🙂

 

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Adding multiple livestock activities at once

November 11, 2015 in Farmware Tip

You can record multiple activities for the same mob simultaneously. Click on the '+' under the activity selection box to add an additional activity.

(Note: this applies to "simple" activities such as feed, drench, shear, pregnancy test etc. Activities that change the structure/position of a mob are considered "complex" and must be done individually - move, divide, sell etc.)

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