The recently revamped Breeding section is a great tool on the farm. Here I will run through the nuts and bolts of how it works.
Why setting the calving season start date is important
In order to see the breeding records for the correct year, you double check that your Calving Season Start date is set to the correct date.
- Your calving season start date should be set as the date your first cow calved this year. To see your current Calving Season Start date when you enter teh breeding section click the 3 dots in the top right hand corner > Breeding Settings. Note: If you want to change the date simply click on the current date and select your new date and tap Save .
There are 10 different views in the Breeding module each view works in the following way:
Heats By Due Date
This is a list of cows that have had a heat observation recorded for them, animals can be quickly viewed either by there next expected Heat date or by there last heat date.
No Heat/Serve since calving
This is a list of cows who have calved more than 42 days and have not had any Heat Observation or Serves recorded.
It will identify the cows that may need attention before they go back in-calf.
- 42 days is the default setting but the number of days can be easily adjusted in the breeding setting's. You can select between 10 and 100 days.
All Breeding Events
This is a list of all serves and scans that have been recorded since the calving season start date.
You can filter this list by
- Serves/Pregnancy Scans
- Sources (ICBF or Herdwatch)
- Date from - Date To
This contains two Tabs Cows Served and All Serves
Cows Served: Displays a list of all cows served and how many serves each cow has received.
All Serves: Displays all serves ordered be latest serve date ascending.
To see more details of a serve a cow has got simply tap on the serve/cow details.
Both lists can be filtered in anyway you want by simply tapping on the Search icon and press "Filter". You can filter on the following
- Date Served From - To
- Number of Serves From - To
- Cow Lactation
- Cow Breed
- Bull Served To
- Whether or not to show off herd animals (in cases of contracting rearing)
This section again has two tabs. The main one been Served Females. This list gives you a list of females that have been served by a certain length of days which you can change in the breeding settings that have not yet been scanned.
If you don't record serves in Herdwatch don't worry! The second Tab "Breeding Females" shows a list of all breeding females so you can quickly see what animals may need to be scanned.
Scan results are broken into the following tabs
This view displays cows that have been scanned in calf along with the there calving due date.
This gives you a list of cows that have been scanned not in calf.
Due to calve
This shows all the cows that are due to calf based on the breeding information you have recorded. It will use either the date the cow was served or the pregnancy scanning information.
This list allows you to quickly identify the cows that have calved during the calving season.
This list shows the cow, the date she calved and the number of days shes calved.
Most lists within the breeding section can be filtered further if you were looking for a more in specific case. To do this simply click on the Search Icon when on a list and click "Filter"