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Applied pastoral information technology project final report



Applied pastoral information technology project final report


National Landcare Program (Australia)


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assessed in terms of the number of dry and empty females on the first round as a percentage of those recorded and the number wet and pregnant as a percentage of those recorded at that time also (as presented in Table 1 and 2). 4. EID tagging and data recording: The job of tagging all cows with EID tags adds significant time to that needed to muster and process the large number of cattle on a lease the size of Auvergne. At least one extra day is needed at each muster to get all cows tagged. If a producer was tagging cows in a large commercial herd, they might consider initially tagging only the dry cows at each muster to spread this extra time over a number of musters. Whilst this reduces the power of the analysis of recorded data initially it would reduce stress on staff and cattle significantly. There is also a requirement for a recording person in addition to staff that would normally be required to process mobs of cattle. 4. Data management: A significant amount of additional time and resources is required to implement a herd recording program such as this. It is vital then that the information recorded is stored safely and integrated in a timely manner into decision making processes. 4.1 XR3000 data files: A new file is usually created at the beginning of each day or mob and is labelled in a way that makes for easy reference. For example the file containing the information about calves from Junction paddock being weighed and branded on 22 May 2007 might be called JunctionCalf22May07. Alternatively if weighing and branding a mob of weaner heifers that have been stockpiled from a number of paddocks you might just use the yard at which the work is being done to label the file eg HayesYardWF22May07. The data files recorded into the Tru-Test XR3000 are easily downloaded onto a computer using the software (Link 3000) supplied with the units. This program is also available as a download from the TruTest website. The downloaded files are in comma separated value or csv format and are easily opened for viewing of data in MS Excel. The XR3000 can store up to 50,000 file data records and up to 20,000 file data records depending on the fields selected, so a number of days worth of work can be stored on the unit. We recommend however that the files be downloaded and backed up as often a possible. To date we have not deleted the files from the XR3000 and have not The downloaded files can then be uploaded in the StockIT program, commencing the process of getting all animal records together in the one place. 4.2 StockIT files: The breeder data is recorded directly into the StockIT program running on a Panasonic Toughbook laptop at the yards. As EID tags are read a new animal record is created and

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