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Tips from the helpdesk

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With every newsletter we send out a tip of the helpdesk. For your convenience we will gather all tips here, so you have an overview of the latest tips.

 

In UNIFORM In UNIFORM, it is possible to let the program make an estimated serving date. This is useful when a cow has been with a bull, for example. This estimated serving will be added at the time the cow is declared pregnant in Daily Events. Here are a few steps to take:
First, check if the following setting is active in General Settings: “Ask for days in calf when PD+”

Ask for days in calf when PD+

In this example, an animal has been with a bull. Next, there has been a pregnancy check. She is declared pregnant in Daily Events. The program now asks for the amount of days the animal is pregnant. When this is used, the program is inserting an estimated serving date.

Daily events

On the Animal Record the estimated serving is added as shown in the following picture:

Animal record

The advantage of this is that the animal will get a more accurate estimated calving date.

It happens regularly that customers call about the supply of new cows, with the question: "How can I add those new animals to my UNIFORM-Agri program?" We thought it might be a good idea to pay some attention to this subject.
Here’s an easy way to do this is:

Go to 1.1 ‘Daily entry’ and then ‘group entry’ and click on the first option ‘enroll animals'. In the first screen you can choose the data regarding your company.

Animal Enroll Wizard

Then you see this screen (image below), if you bought milking cows and the UNIFORM program is linked to a process computer, then it is important to fill in these two items (circled in red):

Animal Enroll Wizard

After that you see the screen where you can add all data about the cow(s). If you entered all the data correctly, you’ll see at the end of the line a Light bulb yellow light. If it concerns imported animals please remove the ‘NL’ (in these example below) and replace it for another country code.

Animal Enroll Wizard

The UNIFORM App is now included in every UNIFORM Global license. According to the users of the UNIFORM App, it is a great addition to the software on your PC and since 2020 there are no extra costs involved. Therefor we would like to encourage everyone to start working with the app! If you are not using the app yet, please contact our helpdesk to activate the app in your license.
After activating the UNIFORM App in your license, you can either have the helpdesk installing the app for you, or do it yourself. We will explain you how to install the app below.
First, go to ‘help’ and click license. You will see this screen:

Licentie

If you do not see the App, click on ‘Update License’. If you still do not see the UNIFORM App, please contact our helpdesk for assistance.

When you do see the App, please click on App icon at the left side of your screen. When clicking this icon the screen below will appear:

QR Code

Click in this new screen on ‘new’ and make a username and password, click ‘ok’ and open the screen again.

Settings on your phone

On your smartphone it is important to download the UNIFORM-App in the Playstore or App store. When the download is finished, you will see this screen:

QR Code

Click on the QRcode (see picture) and face your camera to the QRcode in your computerscreen. The username (1) will pop up at user. Please enter the password yourself.

At last click on the button ‘connect’. Now the app is reading in the data, so you can work with the app. If there are problems or if you need help, please ask our helpdesk!

A new overview in the program is 5.18: The Grouping Analysis

grouping analysis

In this overview you can see the all the cows with their current and previous group number, it shows the number of days that they were in these groups and the date they changed group. You are also able to generate this report on a specific day by selecting the date option on the bottom left hand side.
When you generate this report for the first time you will see all the cows (milking cows and youngstock), but if you want to see a selected group you can make a choice in Properties shown below. Here you also have the option to choose ‘use days withdraw milk’ and ‘use days withdraw meat’ if you want to calculate this in the report :

grouping

In both reports you can see the summary of the days that cows are making part of that group (in the select period). The default setting is the last 12 months but you can select the period you require in ‘properties’ and ‘feeding groups’. There you can also change the end date off the summary:

settings

Finally, you can make a print preview of the four different tabs!

This part of the software is developed to give a good overview in the dry off treatments.
You find this part at: Management -> Health -> Treatments -> Dry off analysis -> Dry off treatments/milk production.
When you press on that button you get an overview like below.

dry off treatment

There is a possibility for different options. First you choose for: Treatments only. This farm has an easy setup for dry off treatments. It is dry off with antibiotics or dry off without antibiotics. That is why you see two bar charts.

There 4 colours shown in these bars:
White/Healthy: Cow has a low cell count in the last milk control before dry off and a low cell count in the first milk control after calving.
Green/Cured: Cow has high cell count in the last milk control before dry off and a low cell count in the first milk control after calving.
Purple/Chronical: Cow has a high cell count in the last milk control before dry off and a high cell count in the first milk control after calving.
Red/New: Cow has a low cell count in the last milk control before dry off and a high cell count in the first milk control after calving.

You can find the settings for a high cell count as follows:

settings

After that you will see the next screen (at point 3 you can set up what you consider a high cell count):

settings

The chart of dry off without antibiotics is white. This means that the farmer dryed off his cow with a low cellcount without antibiotics and that those animals after calving still have a low cell count.
Which information can we get out of the ‘’dry off with antibiotics’’ chart? The colours white and red actually may not appear in the chart: ‘’dry off with antibiotics’’. This because you normally don’t dry off cows with a low cell count with antibiotics. In this chart it should be only green and purple (preferably as much green as possible).
It is possible to see an analysis per different medicine as follows, for example when you use more than 1 medicine for drying off. In this case noroseal and orbeseal are used.

settings

We now can see the milktests of previous lactations in the UNIFORM App. In the next pictures we will show you how to check this in your app. We get started at an animal record.

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1. Click the tab figure
2. Select milk recording
3. The milk recording results of current lactation will be shown when you click on the minus
4. The milk recording of the 1st lactation will be shown as follows:

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Also the health and treatment record works likes this. We will show you in the pictures below:

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From UNIFORM version 5.3 and higher it is possible to set up a different dry off period for 1st lactation cows and cows who are in there 2nd lactation and above. You can do this as follows:
Enter your UNIFORM-Agri program and go to “Programm settings”, select “General settings”.

Herd management program 206

The screen below will be shown. Click on the option “Cow Calender” and go to the tab “Dry off” as in the example in the image below.

herd management program 207

In the print screen you can see that in this case there is chosen to give the 1st lactation cows a standard dry off period of 49 days and that all other cows have a standard dry off period of 42 days.

Be aware when using these settings it also influences the following lists:

- The decrease before drying off (when you are using the in/decrease from feed settings)
- Dry off actionlist

In the UNIFORM App we have the possibility to see the herd summary. This will give you an overview of the different statuses on your farm.

To activate the herd summary, you need to go to the dashboard. In the dashboard you go to the ‘wheel’ (1). On the new screen you put a check mark behind ‘show herd summary’. With the check mark at the bottom of the screen you can save the settings. See here below with steps you need to take:

Herd Summary

The latest 5.4 version brings a new ‘Silo Indication’ for concentrate feed. This feature is available with feed intake coming from a process computer link. To find it, follow these steps:

Silo indication

In 8.9 Silo Indication, click ‘Edit’ to add a new silo. Enter the total capacity for the silo, the actual content (1) currently and the minimum content (2) for a warning level. For example:

Silo indication

Want to see the silo indicator picture above on your Dashboard? Here’s how!

Go to the settings icon (sprocket in upper right) of the KPI’s on your Dashboard and select the checkbox for Silo Indication. Click OK to save. Now you can easily track the stock of your feed silo(s) right from the Dashboard!