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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 :


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:


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:


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


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.


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.


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:


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


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!