How do I backup my data?
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New users – For more information about Sheep Manager read the Getting started and Enhancement guides. These can be found under the Guides & manuals tab. You will also find answers and useful information under the FAQs tab.
Existing users – For more information about this update please read the Enhancement guide carefully before updating. Before you start the installation process check that your licence is up to date and that you have taken a backup of your data. You will also need to make sure the program has been closed.
Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 operating systems only
*Please note – Windows 7 will not be supported by Microsoft from January 2020. Future versions of Sheep Manager will not install onto Windows 7 machines after this date. Please contact Farmplan to discuss upgrading your PC if this is applicable.
Summary of changes
If you have a hand held device please also update your Animal Logger and Virtual Stick Modules
This must be updated at the same time as the main program. Please ensure all information is read from the device before you update.
Handheld device update
How do I backup my data?
How often should I back up my Sheep Manager data?
When to Backup will depend on the volume of data that is being entered and individual circumstances. However it is recommended that a portable copy is made frequently and kept away from the computer.
Additional copying will depend on the user – perhaps make a hard disk copy every hour and a portable copy at the end of the day. But do not overwrite these copies immediately; rotate a series of 3 backups always overwriting the most out of date copy.
It is extremely important to label each copy clearly with the exact details of what is on it – the dataset name, date/time and, for example, some details that remind you of the last entry made.
Which stick readers are compatible with Farmplan?
The below stick readers are compatible with Farmplan (please note this may not include all models):
To select which stick reader you are importing tag records from please go to Tools, Options and Stick reader from within your program.
If you are looking to purchase a new stick reader and it is not listed above then please contact Farmplan prior to purchase.
How do I use the Eziweigh 7?
How do I retag sheep using the Workabout Pro (Psion)?
Why can’t I import into the program from my stick reader?
Check that you have selected the correct model of stick reader within Tools > Options.
How do I use the speed mode on the Workabout Pro (Psion)?
I have a ewe that has given birth to a lamb which has died.
To record the birth of a non-viable lamb against a ewe:
The ‘Lambing History’ report will include all births marked as Stillborn.
I’ve linked the wrong lamb to a ewe. How can I correct this?
Click on OK and Save in the next window.
How do I import weights from a compatible CSV file?
To import weighings from a File:
If you are having difficulties importing please check the file format shows with the columns Date (DD/MM/YYYY), IDTag (with either the official tag of EID number) and Weight
Is it possible to report on homebred animals only?
To report on homebred animals only select the required report then click ‘Next’. Now within the ‘Animal Filters’ area right click the word ‘Purchases’ then select ‘Exclude’.
The screen now shows ‘(Ex) Purchases’ rather then the normal ‘Purchases’.
When the report is run it will only show homebred animals.
How do I know what version of Sheep Manager I have on my computer?
To establish which version of Sheep Manager is in use:
The program version and your Farmplan customer number will be displayed.
I am trying to delete a Batch containing animals that have all left my holding. I am getting a message that says the Batch cannot be deleted because the sale of some of the animals is linked to it.
This link can be broken by doing the following:
To find the linked animal:
Once all sold animals in the sale are not linked to a batch, the batch can be deleted by clicking the ‘Delete’ button.
I’ve purchased a medicine, but it’s not available to select when I want to record its use
There are 2 things to check here:
The second thing to check:
You should now be able to record the use of this medicine
How do I record a treatment for a not-owned animal?
It is possible to enter a treament for animals which are on your holding but not owned by you.
Open a treatment record card and record the date, product used etc in the usual way. Click ‘Select Animals’ and in the ‘Show’ box at the top change the selection displayed from ‘My animals only’ to ‘On my holdings only’. This will allow you to select not-owned animals for a treatment.
I have treated a group of animals with the same drug, but at different rates. Can I record this in the same entry?
Yes. Record the treatment as usual and select the animals that were treated.
On the right hand side of the entry screen, ensure that neither of the two options ‘Enter total quantity used’ or ‘Use same quantity for all’ are selected.
Click ‘Enter Quantities’, select the animal(s) and enter the amount in the ‘Quantity used per animal’ box.
Click ‘Update’, ‘OK’, then ‘Save‘.
Is there a quick way to record a course of treatments to a group of animals?
Record the first treatment as usual and Save.
To repeat the treatment:
Here you can enter a different Date and time of treatment: and a different Product used: or Batch number: if necessary.
Once the changes have been made, click on ‘Save’.
NB Once the Drug Treatment is saved, you can edit the selected animals.