Annual - Post-Mating
Evaluation and drafting of animals into Groups for special treatment after mating can be accomplished using the following steps in StockManager:
Setting up Group(s) to assign animals to that require special treatment provides a simple way to collect data and monitor progress of these animals. If these types of Groups were setup previously for Pre-Mating, they can be re-used here.
The Group Settings screen displayed below shows a few examples of how special treatment Groups can be setup:
The Non-ID Group Mixed Age Ewes Conditioning could be setup to track the average metrics and counts of mixed age ewes that require special treatment to get to required gestation condition
ID Group Mixed Age Cows Conditioning could be setup to collect data and monitor the condition of mixed age cows that require special treatment to get to required gestation condition but may be managed with other animals or stock classes for feeding
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 animals into Groups for special treatment.
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 animals are drafted based on weight. 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 the Mixed Age Ewes Conditioning Non-ID Group record.
Assign To Group By Draft Direction
When configuring Drafting, you are also presented the option to assign animals that draft in a certain direction to a specific group. This is an optional screen presented after the Draft Direction screen. Simply select the Group from the available values in the list and then add drafting criteria for the direction. Any ID animal that is drafted to this direction will be assigned to the group. For Non-ID Group events, the metrics associated with animals that draft in this direction will be added to that Non-ID Group record.