Feed Inventory

Overview

Capturing current Paddock and feed store details prior to planning where/what to feed different animal Groups can be accomplished using the following steps in StockManager: 

  1. Setup or update Paddocks in Paddock Inventory screen

  2. Add or update Feed Store data in Paddock / Feed Costs screen 

Paddock Inventory

Adding and updating Paddock details both before and after assigning animals to Paddocks enables:

  • Accurate feed planning for animal groups based on up to date information

  • Accurate production output captured for each paddock to be able to forecast future production and relative costs $/MJME

The Paddock Inventory screen displayed below shows a few examples of Paddocks that have been previously added. Just select the ADD PADDOCK button to open a wizard which will walk you through adding:

  1. Paddock Name

  2. Productive Area

  3. Forage Type, Forage and ME level (references provided)

  4. kg DM/ha - a variety of tools are provided to enter direct plate meter measurements, height conversions. Limits are provided based on guidance from Beef and Lam NZ and References are also provided for forages where these don't apply.

  5. Utilization level

After these parameters are entered, the system will update the details and calculations for the Paddock feed levels and maintain a history of entries that can easily be viewed by selecting the expand (down) arrow at the end of the row. 

To update the Paddock details, simply select the overflow buttons (3 dots) at the end of the row and select Update Paddock from the menu. This will present the same wizard as described above but will pre-populate all of the previous data except for kg DM/ha.

Feed Inventory

Adding and updating purchased or harvested feed details as it is acquired enables:

  • Accurate feed planning for animal groups based on up to date information

  • Accurate average costs in $/kg DM and $/MJME to compare against other feeds and paddock production

The Paddock / Feed Costs screen displayed below shows an example the of Paddocks added previously along with purchased feed entries. Just select the ADD FEED COST button to open a wizard which will walk you through adding:

  1. Feed Type & Name

  2. ME level (references provided)

  3. Optional text detail

  4. Amount (kg DM)

  5. Cost and Date Charged

After these parameters are entered, the system will update the details and calculations for the Feed and maintain a history of entries that can easily be viewed by selecting the expand (down) arrow at the end of the row.