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Feed Planning

Overview

This screen provides a simple view of all paddock and feed store details along with the number of animals currently assigned to each and the number of feed days remaining for assigned animals. It also provides a tool to help you determine the feed requirements per day for a group of animals, view which paddocks and feed stores meet the minimum ME requirement for the group and the number of days that the group can be fed in each Paddock and/or Feed Store.

With this information, you can assign groups of animals to paddocks and/or feed stores and monitor the number of days remaining. Note - there are many abbreviations used in this screen, click here for definitions.

This screen covers:

  1. How to view and interpret the information on the screen

  2. How to remove animals from a Paddock or Feed store

  3. How to analyze the feed requirements for a group of animals, determine where/what to feed them and assign them to a Paddock or Feed store

 

Notes: 

  • The number of Feed Days for an assigned group of animals will not be adjusted based on predicted animal growth per day or variances in ME level of assigned paddocks over the time that the animals are assigned to the paddock. The number of Feed Days will be adjusted based on changes to overall MJ Available for a paddock based on updated Paddock Inventories.

  • Release 1.8.0 - Nov 2019​

    • Add history section to track individual feed assignments and removals over time

    • Enable ability to remove individual feed assignments or all for a Paddock or Feed store

    • NOTE: Currently selecting REMOVE removes all previously feed assignments

 

View Details

The first time the Feed Planning button is selected after adding a few paddocks and feed stores, it will present a screen similar to what is displayed below. The displayed data is as follows:​

  • Type - either Paddock or Feed

  • Name - either the name of the Paddock or the combination of Feed Type and Feed Name
  • ​Current # - the total number of animals currently assigned to the Paddock (from previous assignments)
  • ME - the ME of the Paddock or Feed 
  • MJ Available - the current MJME available - currently this is adjusted based on the following scenarios
    • Paddock Inventory - paddock inventory is updated
    • Paddock / Feed Costs - Add Feed to an existing Feed entry
    • A calendar day passes and the amount is reduced based on the required feed for assigned animals
  • Feed Days - the number of feed days left for previously assigned animals
  • Remove - if animals have been previously assigned, this button will be Green. Selecting it will remove the Current # from the paddock and the associated daily MJME reduction. 
  • Assign - if an analysis has been completed (selecting ANALYZE button), the ASSIGN button will be Green and selecting it will assign the feed requirement for the analyzed animal group to the Paddock or Feed.
 

If animals have been previously assigned to a Paddock or Feed, the screen will look similar to what is displayed below with the Current # and Feed Days filled in along with the REMOVE button active (Green). 

Analyze Feed Requirements

The primary function of this screen is to help farmers accurately plan the feed requirements for specific groups of animals. To do this:

​1. Select the ANALYZE button 

2. This will open a wizard to enter

  • # of Animals

  • Type - Cattle, Deer or Sheep

  • Stock Class - options to select from will be based on Animal Type previously selected

  • Gender - options to select from will be based on Animal Type previously selected

  • Live Weight - current average live weight of animals being analyzed

  • Weight Gain - planned weight gain of animals being analyzed

  • Based on the Animal Category selected, the subsequent wizard screens will be different to accommodate the inputs required for the feed calculation. These currently include the following:

    • Pregnancy Status

    • Scan Result

    • Weeks Before Birth (pregnant animals)

    • Weeks or Months After Birth (lactating animals)

    • Calf Weaning Weight

    • Weaning Month

    • Current Month

  • Review - this will present a summary of your entries

3. After you select the COMPLETE button in the Review screen, the system will:

  • Remove the wizard

  • Present the inputs from the wizard along with the calculated feed requirement in MJME/Day and kg DM/Day for Flat Terrain and 10 ME forage

  • Present the number of days the analyzed group of animals can be fed in listed Paddocks and Feed stores. Note: this number accounts for currently assigned animals plus the analyzed group.

  • Highlight the ME of any Paddock or Feed store that has an ME that is insufficient to meet the feed requirements (red type)

4. To assign the analyzed group of animals to a Paddock or Feed store, simply select the corresponding ASSIGN button. If the ME is highlighted in red for the selected Paddock or Feed store, you will be presented a warning dialog.​

5. To split the feed requirement for the analyzed group of animals between a Paddock and Feed store, simply select ASSIGN on the Paddock row. This will remove the ability to assign a different Paddock but Feed stores ASSIGN buttons will remain active. Select the ASSIGN button for the Feed that you would like to split the requirement with. This will ask you to estimate the % of the requirement that will come from the Paddock and the Feed store and will recalculate the # of days based on this. 

 
 

The following section outlines new design details for Release 1.8.0

View Details

The first time the Feed Planning button is selected after adding a few paddocks and feed stores, it will present a screen similar to what is displayed below. The displayed data is as follows:​

  • Type - either Paddock or Feed

  • Name - either the name of the Paddock or the combination of Feed Type and Feed Name
  • ​Current # - the total number of animals currently assigned to the Paddock (from previous assignments)
  • ME - the ME of the Paddock or Feed 
  • MJ Available - the current MJME available - currently this is adjusted based on the following scenarios
    • Paddock Inventory - paddock inventory is updated
    • Paddock / Feed Costs - Add Feed to an existing Feed entry
    • A calendar day passes and the amount is reduced based on the required feed for assigned animals plus growth assigned to Paddocks in the Paddock Inventory screen
  • Feed Days - the number of feed days left for previously assigned animals 
  • Remove /Remove All - if animals have been previously assigned, this button will be green. If not it will be disabled (gray) 
    • The button will be labeled REMOVE if only one group of animals has been previously assigned.
    • The button will be labeled REMOVE ALL if more than one group of animals has been previously assigned
      • Selecting this will ​present the following dialog "Confirm Removal. This action will remove all previously assigned animal groups. Select the expand arrow to see specific assignments and remove them independently" The dialog will have a CANCEL that will cancel the action and REMOVE ALL button which will remove all assigned groups
    • Selecting either the REMOVE or REMOVE ALL buttons will:
      • Remove all currently assigned animals from the from the Paddock or Feed store along with the associated daily MJME reduction
      • Record the removal date for each animal group assignment in the history and remove the REMOVE button for that group assignment
  • Assign - if an analysis has been completed (selecting ANALYZE button), the ASSIGN button will turn Green (for Paddocks or Feed stores with at least 1 day of feed available). Selecting ASSIGN will assign the feed requirement for the analyzed animal group to the Paddock or Feed and add an entry in the history table.
    • Note: Removing an assignment made during an ANALYZE session will remove all history of the assignment
  • Expand Arrow - if this is selected, it will open the history of the Paddock or Feed store assignments and removals along with a REMOVE button for each current assignment.

If the expand arrow is selected, it will display a table below the primary row with all history of assignments and removals similar to what is shown below. 

Notes:

  • The MJME Available and Feed Days shown are updated on a daily basis based on consumption of assigned animals and changes made in the Paddock Inventory and Paddock / Feed Costs screens

  • Paddock growth defined in the Paddock Inventory screen (for paddocks with forages that growth applies to) is applied to the MJME available for each paddock per day before consumption is deducted. The MJME Available column for paddocks (collapsed row) incorporates this and assigned animal consumption.

  • Paddocks with forages that growth applies to also have defined maximum limits for kg DM/ha. If growth meets this limit, daily growth will only be applied up to this maximum. For example, if maximum limit is met on Monday and the daily growth for the paddock is 100 MJME, then the following scenarios would result in the following impacts on the Feed Planning screen on Tuesday:

    • No animals assigned ​assigned to the paddock - no growth will be applied

    • Animals assigned consume 50 MJME/day - 50 MJME of growth will be applied and the same number of feed days will remain

    • Animals assigned consume 150 MJME/day - 100 MJME of growth will be applied and the number of feed days will go down by the equivalent of 50 MJME/day

  • If a Paddock Inventory is completed for a paddock, it will reset the MJME Available for the paddock. Growth, if applicable will start being added the following day

  • Feeds purchased and added to the system will be added to the MJME Available as they are added to the system