Annual - Mating

Overview

Final evaluation and selection of breeding animals and drafting into breeding groups can be accomplished using the following steps in StockManager: 

  1. Setup Group(s) (if applicable) in the system using the Group Settings screen

  2. Collect animal data and draft animals using the Configured Events screen 

  3. Assign animals to mating Groups using Filtered Animal List

Setup Groups

By this point, mating Groups are typically already setup but additional Groups can be setup for the following purposes:

  • To assign animals to that have not met final mating condition - e.g. Cull or Non-Mating Keepers

  • To track animals with different attributes from the larger mating group

Collect Data and Draft Animals

The Configured Events screen can be used to collect data on animals in mating groups and use this to draft out any animals that have not met the minimum mating requirements.

The screens displayed below show an example of the setup (left) and event (right ) screen for a collecting data and drafting animals based on this. 

The screens displayed below show a similar setup for drafting event of non-tagged animals where weight is being auto-populated and used to drive drafting direction. After this event is completed, the count of animals and their average weight will be added to the Non-ID Group record.

To capture details on non-tagged animals in a Non-ID Group event by draft direction, simply select the navigation icon on the top left of the screen (3 bars) before you finish the event and select Event Metrics from the menu. This will display a screen similar to what is shown below. In this case, the details associated with Forward draft direction can be used to update the Mixed Age Ewes Non-ID Group record and those associated with First Left draft direction can be used to update a previously configured Cull or Non-Mating Keepers Non-ID Group record. Note:  Currently researching design ideas to assign metrics to Non-ID Groups by draft direction for Non-ID Group events.

Assign To Group By Draft Direction

The Filtered Animal List screen can be used to assign animals with individual records to previously created non-breeding Groups. Simply filter animals by Event and Draft Direction on a specific date then, after verifying animals using VIEW ANIMAL LIST, select SAVE AS GROUP and select the Group Name.