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Out on the farm: Keeping cattle records is easier than you think

 The Stock Recorder is two tools in one - an EID tag reader and a handheld computer running our FarmWorks software. Press the side button to scan a tag, then use either the keyboard or touchscreen to record animal details.

This system works as hard as you do – outdoors, in all weather and year-round. The Stock Recorder travels with you to the shed, to the race or to the market. It’s tough enough to get dirty and wet, with a long-life battery you can depend on to keep working.

 
  • tag numbers
  • weights
  • dates
  • service
  • calving
  • movements off the farm
  • movements on the farm
 
 
  • deaths
  • medicine treatments
  • TB testing
  • sales
  • purchases
  • pregnancy testing
 
 
The Stock Recorder works as a portable record book too – look up individual calving records, weight gain, pedigrees, medical treatments, etc.

Collect as much information as you want to make management decisions with confidence. Collect as much information as you need to meet legislation.

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In the office: Use FarmWorks to connect to industry partners

Herd or holding registry, travel documents, medicines and treatment records might be required for government agencies, depending on where you farm. FarmWorks can do the paperwork for you, through internet links to BCMS, CTS, WLBP and the NLMD. You can submit electronic documents online or print them out and post them later.

Pedigree farmers using genetic improvement programs can enter EBVs straight into FarmWorks from Signet (UK) 

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Putting it to work: Put the power of EID to work for you 

Save time managing records

Paper records are slow to write and hard to read. Lists and scribbled notes just aren’t good enough for making management decisions in modern farming.

Instead, scan tag numbers, link them to births, deaths, weights, treatments, traits and movements, and then let the software do the work – organize, calculate and sort the raw data into reports you can analyse and act on.

Livestock managers face three big challenges – genetic selection to increase profits, animal handling systems that save time and labour, and keeping up with government requirements and paperwork. The answer is FarmWorks and EID together, so you can work smarter, not harder.

Speed up animal handling

EID ear tags make collecting information fast and accurate. Weigh, sort, treat, move, load – scan the ear tags and let the software do the rest. Draft animals as fast as you can fill the race!

Select superior breeding stock

Measure the traits that matter to you – fertility, milking ability, weight gain or carcass qualities. Then select the next generation of top-performing dams and sires to lift your farm’s profits.

Easily meet your legal requirements

FarmWorks can send animal movement records to CTS and BCMS over the internet. Or if you prefer, print out travel documents all filled in and ready for you to post. Use FarmWorks to record births, deaths and sales so your annual reports are always accurate, and ready for inspection.

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Shearwell is a founder member of ALIDMA, the industry body for UK animal identification manufacturers and suppliers
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