Sheep Manager

Sheep Manager

v1.44

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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

  • Holdings – various enhancements  to support the changes in the way holdings are recorded
  • Group Services for batches of animals
  • Put to Sire – select not owned and reference animals
  • Woodhead Brothers – FCI Declaration Form
  • Lambing Status report – ability to add date of birth of dam

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

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Getting started guides

Enhancement guides

Backup

Backing up data

Click here for a printable document.

When to backup your 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  But do not overwrite these copies immediately; rotate a series of 3 backups always overwriting the most out of date copy.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.

Backing up data

To backup your data click ‘File’ then ‘Backup’. There are 3 tab options:

Local Backup

This allows you to backup your data either on your computer or a removable device such as a memory stick.

  1. On the left hand side of the screen check that the correct business is displayed
  2. On the right hand side of the screen browse to the desired backup location. To expand the tree view click on the +
    (to create more folders right click on the folder and select the option to create a new folder)
  3. Highlight the desired folder click Backup Now
  4. Enter notes if desired (a date and time will be automatically added) then click OK.

Rotation of Backups

Keep a minimum of 2 backups at different stages in time on different sources. We suggest making sub-folders and use them to rotate your backups.
NEVER just rely on one backup – for example a single memory stick, which could get lost or broken.

Private Web Backups

This is the ability to back up your data to a remote web server across the internet. The backup can be restored to any computer with internet access regardless of its location, (providing it has been registered with your licence details and web access code – subject to your Farmplan licence agreement).

A password provides additional security.

NB – Farmplan do not have access to the password. If it is forgotten Farmplan will be unable to help.

You are provided with ten free Private Web slots which are available providing your support contract is up to date. (More slots are available – for more details please contact Farmplan on 01594 545000)

  1. On the left hand side of the screen check that the correct business is displayed
  2. Select the tab called Private Web Backups
  3. Highlight the slot that you wish to use
  4. Password (optional) – put a tick in the box ‘Use Password’ and enter the password in both boxes
  5. Click on Backup Now
  6. Enter notes if desired and click Confirm
    NB – You are transferring data across the Internet so the time taken to make a backup will depend on the size of your data and the speed of your Internet connection.

Other Web Backups

This tab allows you to make Web backups which are available to Farmplan Support staff.

Support Slot – you are allocated ONE free Support slot which can only be accessed by yourself or a member of Farmplan staff.

If you contact us with a query, we may ask you to backup a copy of your data to this slot so that we can restore it for investigation.

  1. On the left hand side of the screen check that the correct business is displayed
  2. Select the tab called Other Web Backups
  3. Highlight the slot that you wish to use, the type should show as SUPPORT
  4. Password (optional) – put a tick in the box ‘Use Password’ and enter the password in both boxes
  5. Click on Backup Now
  6. You may enter notes if desired. Don’t forget to tell any recipients the password if relevant

EID

Compatible stick readers

The below stick readers are compatible with Farmplan (please note this may not include all models):

  • Agrident stick reader (including AWR100)
  • Allflex stick reader (including RS340 and RS420)
  • Farmplan virtual stick (Psion/Workabout Pro)
  • Gallagher stick reader (including HR3 but not the HR5)
  • Shearwell stick reader (including SDL 400 and SDL 440)
  • Syscan stick reader
  • Trutest stick reader (including XRS, XRS2 and SRS2)

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.

Retagging sheep on the Workabout Pro (Psion)

Click here for a printable document.

Importing from a stick reader

Check that you have selected the correct model of stick reader within Tools > Options.

You can then read from the stick reader within the Select Animal screen when entering a movement/treatment/action by clicking Stick Reader and then Read Stick

Speed mode on the Workabout Pro (Psion)

Click here for a printable document.

Ewes and lambs

Entering a stillborn

To record the birth of a non-viable lamb against a ewe:

  • Open the Ewes’ animal record card
  • Click the Breeding tab
  • Click New Lambing and enter the date of birth
  • Record the number of ‘Stillborn’ or ‘Died before identified’ animals

The ‘Lambing History’ report will include all births marked as Stillborn.

Wrong Dam

  • Open the Animal Record Card for the lamb
  • Click on the Parents and progeny tab across the middle of the lamb’s card
  • Here you will see the detail for the wrong Birth dam
  • Click on the box containing 3 dots to the right of this record
  • In the next window that opens either click on the Clear button at the bottom left of the window to break the link to the wrong ewe, or simply select the correct ewe from the list

Click on OK and Save in the next window.

Import

Import weights from a compatible CSV file

To import weighings from a File:

  1. Select Import/Export Wizard from the File menu and select Weighings from the category list.
  2. Highlight Import Cattle/Sheep Weighings from a compatible CSV file.
  1. Click on Next.
  1. Click on the box with three dots located at the top of the screen next to specify the name and location of the file that you want to use.
  1. Click on the drop down arrows in the look in box and navigate to where you have stored the file.
  1. Click on the Read button.
  2. After checking that the list is correct click on Next to continue.

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

Licencing

Licencing Farmplan software

Your software can be licenced by going to File and selecting Licence.

You will be given a new screen where you will have your details entered. Providing your Web Access Code has been entered, you can click Get Key followed by Register. 

Your licence will then be updated. To allow Farmplan to update using this method you will need to be connected to the internet.

If you do not have a Web Access Code or internet connection please contact Farmplan.

Reports

Excluding or filtering reports

If you are looking to run a report but you want to filter by a group of animals or you want to exclude a group of animals you can do this by following the below steps:

1. Open the report library
2. Select your report
3. Select the required information, for example Sort by: Official tag or DOB
4. Select the group of animals you want. This can be done by ticking the required filter on the right

5. If you would like to select all animals except animals in a particular filter you can right click on the heading and select Exclude. Once ticked, these animals will then not be shown in the report.

 

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’.

exclude_purchases

When the report is run it will only show homebred animals.

Setup

My program is showing Demonstration Data, how do I access my data?

If your program is showing Demonstration Data you will need to go to File > Select Dataset within the program and click the drop down arrow (shown below in red) and select your own business before pressing Ok. This will then take you into your business.

If your data is on a Network please ensure you have access to the data location from outside the program.

Version number

 

To establish which version of Sheep Manager is in use:

  • Go to the Help menu
  • Click on About Sheep Manager

The program version and your Farmplan customer number will be displayed.

Deleting a batch containing sold animals

This link can be broken by doing the following:

  • From the List Bar on the left side of the Homepage, select Setup and click on Cattle (or Sheep)  Batches
  • Double click on the Batch to be deleted to view the animals in it

To find the linked animal:

  • Double click on an animal in the Batch to open its Animal Record Card
  • Select the Life History Tab
  • Double click on the line recording the Sale of this animal to open the Sale Record
  • Click Edit Animals
  • Click on the animal in the sale
  • At the bottom left of the screen there is a drop down list headed Batch, make sure this says <No batch>
  • Click on Update to save any changes

Once all sold animals in the sale are not linked to a batch, the batch can be deleted by clicking the ‘Delete’ button.

Treatments

Medicine not appearing

There are 2 things to check here:

  • Click on Treatments on the List Bar on the left of the main screen, then select Products
  • Make sure the drop down list on the main screen toolbar is selected to show All products
  • Double click on the product line where it appears on the main screen to open the record card
  • At the bottom left of the window, under the heading Licencing and usage,  make sure the option I want to use this product on sheep is ticked
  • Below this option, under the heading Product status, tick the box to show that this is an Active product
  • Save any changes that have been made then Close this window.

The second thing to check:

  • Click on Treatments on the List Bar on the left of the main screen, then select Medicine Cupboard
  • Make sure the drop down list on the main screen toolbar is selected to show All stock
  • Double click on the product line with the correct batch number where it appears on the main screen to open the record card
  • Click on Edit on the Toolbar of the Medicine Cupboard window that opens
  • Make sure there is a tick in the Active stock option at the top of the next window
  • Save any changes that have been made then Close this window

You should now be able to record the use of this medicine

Recording 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.

Treatments with different rates

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.

Repeat treatments

Record the first treatment as usual and Save.

To repeat the treatment:

  • Click on ‘Treatments’ on the List Bar on the left of the main screen, then select ‘Drug Treatments’
  • Double click on the treatment to repeat on the main screen to open the record card
  • Click on the ‘Repeat Treatment’ button at the bottom right of the window.

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.