Heifer or Bull? Last week’s software tip was on how to record pregnant with twins, but how about recording the sex of the calf after you see your ultrasound results. A function key can be created for this by following the steps from last week’s tip, but choose a different function key to name 5H for “pregnant correct date heifer” or 5B “pregnant correct date bull”. If you are recording twins and sex when creating your function name it 5TWHH or any combination that you encounter.
The ultrasound results are in and you have cows pregnant with twins. Today’s Software Tip is Recording Pregnant with Twins by setting up a function key when recording vet results. First you must click on “Enter Adult Results or Enter Heifer Results” under the Health Tab. Select the correct date of the ultrasound and you will be brought to the screen where you enter vet results. In the yellow box by the letter D it says define function key. Hit D, type in the number of the function key you want to set, and enter content “5TWINS”. 5 is “pregnant correct date”, which is already defined in the yellow box. The item will be saved so that next time you want to record an animal pregnant with twins just press the correct function key.
CowCards (F2) are a great tool and this week’s Thirsting for Knowledge Software Tip highlights how conveniently you get view your cow data. When you open a CowCard the events shown are from the current lactation, but what about data from the previous lactations? To show events or test days from the previous lactation press F3 on your keyboard. If she is in her 3rd lactation you can press F3 again to view her 1st lactation.
Week 4 Thirsting for Knowledge Software Tip: Recording Uniform Remarks
First you select the Event from the menu and cow’s ID from the list. Next you are prompted for the event date. Once you have entered the date you have the option to enter an 8 character remark. The format to record the remark is [drug][days][quarter].[severity] for example: mastitis event, SPC4LF.2 meaning Spectramast LC for 4 days, Left Front Quarter, Severity 2 = off milk & hard quarter. Dairy Comp users can set up default remarks which will automatically format this for you and prompt you for each item from a pick list.
Thirsty for Knowledge Thursday software tip - The Bulk Tank SCC Analysis Report calculates the impact that one cow has on the bulk tank SCC. To view this report go to your Mast dropdown menu and click on Bulk tank SCC or type econ on the command line and select #6 from the menu that pops up. To change the milk price or settings for this report, after typing in econ on the command line, choose option #3.
Happy Thursday! This week’s Thirsting for Knowledge Software Tip is:
The Multiple Ways to View Cow Pages
1. The Lookout Bar on the left side of the screen
Note: If you do not have the lookout bar there is an icon under the menus with a yellow bar and a red +/-. This acts as a toggle switch for the lookout bar.
2. Cow card tab at the bottom of the page
3. Under Menu Events1
Note: Dairy Comp Menus are changeable so it may be in another location if you have moved it
4. By hitting the F2 Key on your keyboard. From anywhere in your program you can get to a cow page by hitting this key.
Note: Some keyboards you must hit the Fn Key located next to the control key before hitting F2
Know your cows by knowing where to find your cow pages!
Thirsting for Knowledge Thursday! Do you have Dairy Comp 305 or Scout, or are interested in learning more about dairy management software? Every Thursday Minnesota DHIA will be posting on our facebook page and website a software tip of the week. This week’s tip:
*, Duplicate, or Ditto Key
The * ,referred to in the software world as the ditto key, can be used when you have an event that happened to more than one cow that is exactly the same. On most standard keyboards the * is the shift key and the number 8. An example of this would be multiple cows on a timed AI program.
Cow ID Date Bred Sire Tech
45 5/15/15 7H08081 1
84 5/15/15 7H08081 1
To use the * enter in the information on the first cow. Next type in the ID of the second cow, but DO NOT PRESS ENTER. Once highlighted hit the * and your event will be repeated.