Herdman – com: For Large Commercial Dairy Farms


• About the software

• Modules

• Data Networking

• Data flow

• Short Brochure

• Brochure-literature

• Cost benefit

• PTT of screens

• List of clients

• Download


About the software

Description: Parents DetailsThis is herd management software for commercial dairies rearing 50 or more cows and or buffaloes. The software provides facility of defining parameters for different breeds of cows and buffaloes and analysis based on species and breed is also possible. Herdmancom is a total solution for the dairy as it maintains lifetime records of animals that have spent even one day in the farm. Animal registration is easy and old records, if available can be entered. The records of the animals that have left the farm are transferred to the archive file which could be mined for purpose of data analysis. In order to help the farm management implement precision management, action and alarm lists are generated daily and these can be sent to the cell phones as prompt or text SMS to remind the farm staff on various jobs to done in the farm. The software also predicts the management and physiological events based on default values for each species and breed. Data can be sorted for various parameters and reports can be generated. The reports can also be viewed as simple but informative graphs.

 

Modules

Core Modules:

Administrator and Master entry module:  Description: Parents DetailsThe default values and master entries can be created. The Administrator can assign access rights and password for the farm staff. The default parameters for the farm can be defined Similarly, the farm management parameters can also be defined.

Animal Registration, Details and Data entry: Herd, lot and animal registration can be undertaken.  The registration process is fast and easy as many common entries can be master defined.  Previous parities and lactation records can be entered. The module also enables easy data entry from multiple levels.  Specific single-purpose data entry option is also provided.  For example for entering milk records of animals a common milk data entry form with ID number of milking animals in the herd / lot can be generated.  Data entry is also possible from ‘Action Lists’ or from individual animal file.  Lifetime records on breeding, health and production as well as movement to other premises are maintained. 



Listings and reports:  Description: Parents DetailsThe lists of daily action, alarm (under-performing animals), registers and reports can be generated.  The reports could be status or periodic wherein the period of report can be defined.  The daily action list provides details of daily work schedule of the farm which is based on event prediction.  This increases farm efficiency. Health listings provide list of animals due for health management actions, such as, vaccination, deworming and disease testing.  Custom Report is the novel feature of the software wherein using more than 100 variables and the breeding, production, health and other parameters various reports can be generated.  These reports can also be adjusted for various levels of performance indicators.

The reports can also be converted to easily readable graphs.  Milk production of individual animals can be depicted as lactation curve.    



Custom Report:  Description: Action List

The custom report option permits generation of various reports by selecting more than 120 variables for breeding, health, production and other attributes.  The animals can be selected for cut-off levels of attributes to generate association reports.  This is the most powerful option provided in the software, which allows manager to screen the data for combinations of parameters.  

Add-on modules:

Accounts and inventory:  The farm input and output and distribution inventory can be maintained.  List of all the clients from whom material is purchased or product is marketed facilitates inventory and accounts management easy.

Feed formulation, scheduling and economics:  The module provides the feed composition database of commonly used feed and fodder which can be used to formulate cost effective but balanced feed for animals.  Based on the predefined default parameters feeding schedule of individual or groups of animals can be formulated.  The cost of feeding with other variable costs leads to calculation of cost of milk production for the farm as well as individual animal.  This enables deciding culling program of the farm.


Metabolic profiling:

The module provides the feed composition database of commonly used feed and fodder which can be used to formulate cost effective but balanced feed for animals.  Based on the predefined default parameters feeding schedule of individual or groups of animals can be formulated.  The cost of feeding with other variable costs leads to calculation of cost of milk production for the farm as well as individual animal.  This enables deciding culling program of the farm.

Auto-back up, Change password:  These are usual facilities for the farm management.

Online Help, FAQs and web-help: The operating manual is available on line.  FAQs section gives answers to common queries of the users.  In case of additional queries or technical help in interpreting the data and the reports, users can visit our website www.vetware.in and our herd management specialist will get back to you to help you solve the problems.  Your questions are updated in FAQs so that even other users can also be benefitted.

Our website also provides interesting articles and tips on productivity enhancement, genetic improvement, farm management tips and global trends in herd management will be available.  In addition if you want to receive soft copy of monthly ‘VetwareNews’ you may register with us (visit www.vetware.in).

For details of the software please read Herdmancom brochure

 

Data Networking

 

Data flow

Lifetime records; culled – died animal data in archive – data sorting – technical and performance report – lactation curve

 

Short Brochure

 

Brochure-literature

           

 

Cost benefit

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Herdman-Cattle / Buffalo Breeding Farm (India case study):
(Average- 60 Indian rupees = one US $)

Following are the direct and tangible benefits for farmers using Herdman-com:

The software –led management of the dairy farm has cost benefit ratio of 1: 12

The details are as under:

Breeding management:  As per our experience with institutional as well as commercial dairy farms the first and immediate benefit is improvement in fertility.  We have observed that with the following of action and alarm lists there is more than 20% improvement in breeding efficiency in Indian farms.    Even if we consider 10 % improvement in oestrus detection and correct breeding, for 250 animals in the farm, this will amount to reduction in 525 dry days and saving of Rs. 52,500 in feeding (@ Rs. 100 per day) and additional milk @ average 8 L per day (for 525 days) i.e. 2625 L which will give additional Rs. 52,500 /- (@ Rs. 20 per L).  

You spend on yearly registration fee for Herdman.com data services (@ Rs. 150 per animal per year for a farm having > 250 animals), Rs. 37,500 only per year. 


Feeding and feed formulations:  With use of software it will be possible to calculate balanced ration and feed animals as per production levels on group basis.  This has shown enhance milk production by at least 5%, which means  for 250 animal producing average 8 l milk per day the increase 1000 L will add income of Rs. 20,000/- and saving in feeding cost of around  10 ton a year which will save additional Rs. 150,000/ per year. 


Thus with use of e-farm management system in the first year itself the saving would be- around 3.5 lakhs every year as against investment of Rs. 37,500 per year (cost benefit 1:12)   

In addition there are indirect benefits:

– It will be possible to select superior genetics animals for purpose of breeding with imported or genomic tested bulls – Even if we assume 25 such heifers being produced every year the genetic gain will be immense.

– The farm will be able to generate several performance data of several generations’ hence high pedigree bulls can be sold to breeding companies along with performance records.  This creates additional income to the farm and the brand image.

– Data of farms with key performance indicators will be available to demonstrate efficiency of the farms.  

– In case animals are tagged with QR code and your products are also labelled with QR code (Please contact us for details), traceability about the farm and animals to your clients can be given.

– In case you are selling organic or A2 milk brands with QR code-labels you can provide access of data to the clients.


 

PTT of screens

 

List of clients

 

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