Getting Started Cattle(this page)
Your farm is as unique as you are.
FarmWorks allows you to customize every detail – add breeds, ailments and death reasons; enter details of the abattoirs and markets you do business with, as well as information on other farms, suppliers, vets, feed sellers and hauliers. FarmWorks is also compatible with many quality assurance schemes and organic certification.
Method 1 – Through a function in FarmWorks on the PC
Type in the tag number, sex, breed and date of birth for all cattle currently on your farm. Add dam and sire, or full pedigrees over many generations. Add animals one at a time, or enter multiple animals with similar details (age, breed, sex). Method 1 is not the fastest but it does allow for great detail, including purchase price and seller’s details. Your cattle records will be transferred from FarmWorks on the PC to your Stock Recorder when you sync.
Method 2 – Scan each cattle passsport with a barcode scanner
Use a barcode scanner plugged into your PC to enter tag, date of birth, sex and breed for each animal.
Method 3 – Import from a CTS
The fastest, morst accurate way to import all your cattle details. CTS (Cattle Tracing System) holds all the records of cattle on your holding and can download straight into FarmWorks.
Method 4 – Scan each animal with the Stock Recorder
Read the EID number; select the sex, breed and date of birth, and lock the EID to the animal. Add dams and sires later on the PC. Your cattle records will be transferred from the Stock Recorder to FarmWorks on the PC when you synch. This is the fastest method for getting your cattle records linked to EIDs.
Method 5 – Import from a spreadsheet
If you have been keeping records on a spreadsheet, or if you are currently using a different software program, then it may be easiest to do a mass import of your animal data using a specially formatted file. FarmWorks can import a csv file with all your tag numbers and details, provided all the information is in the correct columns and formatted properly. The FarmWorks User Guide provides clear instructions on how to format this file, and our support staff will be happy to help if you need assistance getting started.