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General Analysis

 

Overview

This screen provides the ability to quickly analyze any set of animals in the database with individual records. 

To do this, there are two primary steps: 

  1.  Define the subset of animals you want to analyze by filtering the database by common animal attributes. 

  2.  Selecting metrics to be calculated for the defined subset of animals

 

Filters

The first step to conducting an analysis on a subset of animals in the database is to define the subset using filters. To do this:

1. Select Animal Type ( Cattle, Deer, Sheep) - this will customize the list of available filters to the Animal Type (e.g. only wool filters for sheep)

2. Once this is selected:

  • A default Status filter will be added the essentially filters for live animals currently part of the farm - i.e. Sold or dead animals are filtered out

  • A count animals with individual records with that Animal Type will appear to the left of the " View Animal List" button. This count will be updated after additional filters are added.

​3. Now that you have selected the Animal Type, the ADD FILTER button is active. To select filters associated with the subset of animals that you would like to analyze, select ADD FILTER. This will present you a list of available filters for the Animal Type selected. 

​4. Find the filter that you would like to apply and select it (limited to one at a time). This will activate the NEXT button on the bottom right.

5. The next screens will vary based on the filter selected. The options are as follows:

  • Selections

    • Single filter selection (limited to one selection) - e.g. Animal Type - Cattle, Deer, etc.

    • Multiple filter selections (multiple selections allowed) - e.g. Birth Rank - Single, Twin, etc.

    • Multiple filter selections - Current (most recent entry for animals) - Group - 2018 Ewe Lambs - Current

    • Multiple filter selections with a date range - e.g. Condition Score - 2,3 or 4 between 1/1/17 and 1/1/18

  • Dates

    • Date Range - e.g. Birth Date between 1/1/17 and 1/1/18​

  • Text

    • Single text entry - e.g. DNA ID - 12345abcd

    • Text entry - Current (most recent entry for animals) - e.g. Comment - "Bad leg"

    • Text entry  with a date range - e.g. Comment - "Bad leg" between 1/1/17 and 1/1/18

  • Numbers

    • Exact number match - e.g. EID - 9821234567890123​ or Breeder Farm 12340408

    • Number range - most recent entry - e.g. Last entry weight 100 - 200kg

    • Number range with a date range - e.g. Weight between 100 - 200kg between 1/1/17 - 1/1/18

6. Review - this screen provides a summary of the filters selected to confirm before applying the filter with the COMPLETE button

7. Once you have selected a filter and COMPLETE, the system will:

  • Present the filter details below the header in the top section (in order that they were created)

  • Apply the filter to the database and update the count of animals that meet ALL defined filter criteria

8. To edit a filter, simply touch the filter details row.

9. To delete a filter, simply long press on the filter details row​ and confirm

10. The RESET FILTERS button will remove all previously added filters. If any metrics have been applied, these will be removed

 

View Animal List

To ensure that the filtered subset of animals is correct before selecting analysis metrics, the View Animal List button will provide you a listing of standard details for animals in the filtered subset. To do this:

1. Select the VIEW ANIMAL LIST button

2. This will present the standard view which contains (left to right)

  • System animal number - This is just a reference order number for this screen - it is not part of the actual animal data

  • VID - The VID (Visual Identification number) for the animal (if available)

  • VID Year - the VID Year associated with the VID (will be available if VID is)

  • Tag Color - The color of the tag (if available - this is optional for VID tags)

  • Weight - The most recent Weight (kg) recorded for the animal

  • Wt Gain/Day - The weight gain per day in grams between the last two weight entries for the animal

  • Total Weight Gain - The total weight gain (kg) for the animal between the 1st and last recorded weight entry

3. If you would like to see the full record of any animal in the list, just select any part of the row to the left of the vertical separation line which will bring you to the full animal record. From there, just select the back arrow to return to the list.

4. The CHANGE COLUMNS button enables the ability to change the data elements shown for all animals in the list. Simply select the button and select or deselect any of the data element listed. After you are finished, select NEXT to review and the COMPLETE button once satisfied with your selections.

5. This will change the headers in the list to correspond to the columns you have selected (NOTE: the 4 left hand columns will always remain). 

6. If you have selected more than 4 columns, the additional columns will be available to the right of the screen. To access these, simply swipe from right to left from the right part of the screen (right of the vertical column separator) to view the additional columns.

7. The CSV EXPORT button enables the ability to create a CSV file of the data shown on the screen and share the file via any of the methods setup on your Android tablet. Simply select CSV EXPORT and choose the application you would like to use to share the file. This will open the selected application and will place the file in the application for sharing.

Notes:

  • To ensure less than 2 second list creation time, we have limited the number of animal shown on the list to the first 200 of the filtered subset sorted by VID Year first (high to low) and Visual Tag # second (low to high). If you choose CSV EXPORT, all records and selected data will be exported, regardless of animal count. If the total records count is greater than 200, you may experience a short delay while the tablet is processing the file.

  • Data shown in View Animal List is the most recent entry for the animal for any specified data element. If a data element has more than one entry, only the most recent will be shown - e.g. weight, condition score, etc. 

 

 Metrics

Once the filtered subset of animals is confirmed using the tools above, you are ready to calculate metrics associated with all animals in the subset. To do this:

1. Select the ADD METRICS button

2. This will present you a list of available metrics to calculate for the filtered subset based on the Animal Type selected in the Filters section.

3. Find the metric that you would like to apply and select it (limited to one at a time). This will activate the NEXT button on the bottom right.

4. The next screens will vary based on the metric selected. The options are as follows:​

  • Metric selection - e.g. Av. Animal Age, Av. Birth Rank, etc.

  • Metric selection at a projected future date - e.g. Av. Weight At Future Date on 1/1/19

  • Metric selection with a date range or based on the latest value for the animal (Current)

    • e.g. Av. Condition Score or Av. Weight Gain Per Day between 1/1/17 and 1/1/18

    • e.g. Av. Condition Score for filtered group based on most recent entry for each animal

  • Metric selection with event and date range - e.g. Post Birth Survival Rate between birth event/date and later event (weaning, etc.)/date

5.​ Review - this screen provides a summary of the metric details to confirm before calculating the metric with the COMPLETE button

6. Once you have selected a metric and COMPLETE, the system will:

  • Present the metric details and calculated value below the header in the bottom section (in order that they were created)

  • Note: The value presented will also show the number of entries that had sufficient data to complete the calculation. This is provided to help understand whether the value is representative of the filtered subset. For example, if there are 100 animals in the filtered subset but only 5 entries associated with the calculated value, this most likely is not representative of the subset. 

8. To edit a metric, simply touch the filter details row.

9. To delete a metric, simply long press on the filter details row​ and confirm

10. The RESET METRICS button will remove all previously added metrics.

 Save As Group

A primary use case for this screen is to identify a group of animals with specific characteristics so that they can be managed (fed, bred, culled, drafted, etc.) or analyzed differently than other animals. To differentiate these animals in the system after the analysis is complete:

1. Select the SAVE AS GROUP button (active once a filter has been added)

2. Select a Group name from the list (limited to ID Groups associated with the Animal Type selected in filters)

3. Review and select COMPLETE

4. This will add the Group selected to the individual animal record for all animals in the filtered subset

 

 DB Export

To obtain a complete list of all animal data stored on the tablet, simply:

1. Select the DB EXPORT button at the top left of the screen

2. This will open a wizard where you can select the starting date for records to be exported

3. When you select COMPLETE from the Review screen, this will create a CSV file (timing will be dependent on amount of records) and present the applications available in to share the file. Once the application is selected, it will open the application and will place the file in the application for sharing.

4. The format of the CSV file is follows. Columns left to right:

  • Animal Type

  • VID Year (if available)

  • VID (If available)

  • EID (if available)

  • Data Element Name

  • Data Element Value

  • Date/Time stamp of entry