Commit ce0b6fa4 authored by Oogie McGuire's avatar Oogie McGuire

Updates

Lots of misc updates to handle new tables and expansion of DB for future Registry package
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\f0\fs28 \cf0 September is the main sheep evaluation time. Every individual sheep is looked at and graded. The culls are scheduled for butcher and any that are for sale are advertised. \
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\cf0 Caitlin sets up the system to evaluate the sheep based on which pen or pasture they are in. At this point lambs have been weaned and sorted into ewes and rams. The adult ewes are in one area and the adult rams in another. Each group gets evaluated on different characteristics. It\'92s reasonably fast to change the set-up so Caitlin didn\'92t worry too much about changing things.\
First up to evaluate were the ram lambs. This year there were over 50 ram lambs to evaluate. Caitlin set up characteristics from the pre-defined set of characteristics. Each sheep can be evaluated on up to 20 different criteria. The first 10 are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. 1 is worst and 5 is best.\
For the ram lambs Caitlin selected the following criteria for ranking:\
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Fleece Length\
The adults all know how to run through the handling system so moving and evaluating them is much simpler. \
When all the scores are in the sheep are ranked according to how they fit among their peers. Their rank within the cohort is saved in the database so that it can be reviewed later since the actual scores will vary a lot from year to year depending on what criteria are used in any given evaluation. \
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(* Loin eye scans, linear measurements etc. *)\
(* Need to talk about mating plans which are sometimes done here or in November *) }
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\f0\fs28 \cf0 January on the farm is one of the slower times of the year. Once the primary breeding period has passed all the rams are removed from the ewe bunch. Caitlin and Keith typically keep their flock away from rams for two weeks to ensure they can easily identify the sire of all lambs. Depending on your flock requirements you may choose to increase or decrease the time between primer and backup breeding periods. \
(* How do we handle a ram bank being used on a bunch of ewes? What about range flocks with multiple rams in a single ewe bunch? Could we use DNA or parentage verification data to determine the sire of any lambs produced then? *) \
(* How do we handle a ram bank being used on a bunch of ewes? What about range flocks with multiple rams in a single ewe bunch? Could we use DNA or parentage verification data to determine the sire of any lambs produced then? Decision is LambTracker is primarily based on a single sheep. Groups still do work based on individual sheep. *) \
Caitlin and Keith went out to pull the primary rams out of the breeding groups. It was a cold clear day. Catching the rams was fairly simple, they put in fresh hay and then called the sheep over. Keith grabbed the ram by the horns and marched him over to the gate. It took both of them to prevent the ewes from following out the open gate. Sometimes it is not a good thing to have smart sheep who can identify an open gate from across the pasture. Once he was out they stashed him in a temporary pen.\
They moved to the next breeding pen and retrieved the ram from there. \
One nifty idea they had discovered is that it was a lot easier to integrate a breeding ram back into the main ram bunch if you tricked everyone into thinking they were all new.\
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\f0\fs28 \cf0 February is one of the slowest months in the shepherding year. The biggest issue is keeping the sheep fed and filling water tanks. }
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\f0\fs28 \cf0 February is one of the slowest months in the shepherding year. The biggest issue is keeping the sheep fed and filling water tanks. \
If the flock is to be ultrasounded for pregnancy status or to count the number of lambs expected this is when it would typically be done. Lambtracker can track the pregnant or dry and the number of lambs due as part of an evaluation. \
Then an alert for sorting can be set up that will then be used to separate the flock into dry ewes that might go off to slaughter or the sale barn, ewes with singles that need one type of feed, ewes with twins that might be on a different feed and ewes expecitng triplets or more that will nbeed special care. }
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\f0\fs28 \cf0 LambTracker revision 4 Planned Improvements \
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Add a diary or general shepherd notes journal that is not related to a single sheep for overall flock notes.\
EBV data collection and display\
Add beeps from tablet when you press save scores so there is feedback that the data got saved\
Calculation of inbreeding according to Wrights Methods\
Wards Analysis of a population for clustering of sheep by relationship\
Additions to manage a registration database\
Database additions are partially implemented already. \
Printing registration certificates\
Handle owners membership data\
Pasture management and grazing plans. \
Use EID to run an automatic sort gate. \
Group sheep management that updates individual records as necessary\
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Desktop stuff not done. Have been using hard coded queries to create reports and then LibreOffice to print them as required.\
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What about genomics data?\
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\f0\fs28 \cf0 October is the start of the slaughtering and selling season on this farm. \
After evaluating all the sheep and ranking them decisions are made on which sheep to send to butcher and which will be offered for sale. Once those decisions are made each sheep gets a modified alert that indicates the keep, sell or slaughter status. \
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To enter in carcass dates first remove the sheep with a date of the day they are slaughtered.\
To enter in carcass data first remove the sheep with a date of the day they are slaughtered.\
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Then create an evaluation with carcass weight as the only characteristic.\
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Use the evaluate sheep , looking up by tag number to get the individual sheep and add their carcass weights as required then Save Scores.\
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The evaluation automatically calculated the age in days based on when the animal was butchered and enters that into the sheep evaluation record. \
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Rams who may be used for artificial insemination are brought in and semen colected. Data is gathered on the semen quality, externder used, motility and other crititcal characteristics including where the semen straws are located and stored. \
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\f0\fs28 \cf0 The heads up display Caitlin wore as sun glasses pulled up Jasmine\'92s record. \
\f0\fs28 \cf0 The heads up display Caitlin wore as sun glasses pulled up Jasmine\'92s record. (* If we can ever get a google glass style HUD that works and is reasonably priced this would be very cool to add *)\
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\f0\fs28 \cf0 LambTracker is helpful to set up breeding of a pedigreed flock. LambTracker Desktop can be used to print pedigrees and data on each potential sire and on all the ewes to be bred. The shepherd can select the matings based on any criteria that he or she normally uses. \
November is the month in which the entire flock is sorted into their respective breeding groups.\
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Automatic sorting gates are very expensive, too rich for their small flock, but LambTracker can handle that case if the shepherd has one. Due to the cost of the automatic sorting equipment some flocks have hired a custom sorter to come and do these tasks. LambTracker supports the export of a sort list that can be imported onto those systems and perform the automatic sorting. Currently there is no connection between the sorting and the location recording in LambTracker but even if you have to enter in the data manually it is easier than the old paper system.\
Once the ewes were sorted and placed into their respective pens they went to get the selected rams. \
Bringing the boys in to sort was also simple. They found the primary breeding rams, Mycroft and Natham and scanned their tags. Using the Put ram to ewes function the ram record was automatically updated with the date and time the ram went in to his group of ewes. \
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(* Fall deworming after a hard frost *)\
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(* If ewes are to be bred via AI there is the synchronization protocol that generally starts in November for a 1 December breeding. *)\
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Keith selected the Add a Note button and then selected \'93Messy Butt\'94 from the list of predefined notes. LambTracker comes with a number of predefined notes about sheep installed but the user can add new ones.\
A couple other items became alerts for next time. A ewe with a tooth abscess was marked with a new alert to re-check next time the sheep went through the sweep. \
Once all the sheep had been sorted the newly weaned ram lambs were herded into the weaning pen. The ewes and their ewe lambs were sent back out into the pasture. \
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Weights are collected as necessary. \
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Hand spinning market likes to buy wool from named sheep that are individually identified so it is important to know which animal any given fleece comes from. \
During some years Keith and Caitlin will send wool samples off for analysis of the fiber length, micron and curvature. For those years they use LambTracker to print three identical labels. One goes on the paper data entry form. One goes on the sample bag and one goes on the wool bag. \
Initially LambTracker was used to collect the shearing data at the time of shearing but it proved inadequate to the task. It was too slow to look up the sheep and fill out the form with details. So a simple paper system was set up to allow quick checking of critical data on each sheep. Things like good or bad behavior, sticky fleece, nice fleece are all important characteristics that are kept. \
After shearing the next set of tasks include deworming, vaccinations and toe trims. To get set up for these tasks all drug to be used are entered into the LambTracker desktop system. Every drug has full data about the drug stored in the system. Users can choose to leave off some fields but there are some mandatory fields. \
After shearing the next set of tasks include deworming, vaccinations and toe trims. To get set up for these tasks all drugs to be used are entered into the LambTracker database system. Every drug has full data about the drug stored in the system. Users can choose to leave off some fields but there are some mandatory fields. \
Mandatory fields include the drug type, official drug name, drug lot drug expiration data and the meat withdrawals. All drugs must have a withdrawal entered in. LambTracker will track both the official meat withdrawal and the unit of time that will be used as well as a user withdrawal. The user withdrawal cannot ever be smaller than the official one. A generic drug name is optional but highly recommended. The official drug dose must be entered and if the drug is being used off-label a veterinarian must be linked to the drug record. The other required data is the drug\'92s user task name. \
Optional fields include (* enter in the optional ones here *)\
Using the sheep management module Keith and Caitlin looked up each sheep, checked the various management tasks that they performed and saved the data. For all drugs and dewormers the slaughter dates are automatically added in as an alert that the sheep is on slaughter withdrawal until some defined timeframe according to the drug records. \
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\f0\fs26 \cf0 April is when the flock is on the final few weeks until lambing starts. On this farm the ewes are dewormed 24-48 hours before going out onto the pastures. Like any other management task this is done using LambTracker. The dewormer is just another drug type given to a sheep. \
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Federal flock scrapie inspections\
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Set up the counts for how many sheep in each pen.\
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\f0\fs26 \cf0 During July the flock is being moved to new pasture reguarly. (* When add the feeidng module will talk about that here. *)\
Lambs will start getting their series of vaccinations. The flock may need deworking. If the flock is using FAMANCHA the scores can be collected quickly and easily with LambTracker evaluation module. Because in the traditional FAMANCHA system 5 is bad and 1 is good but in the LambTracker system 1 is bad and 5 is good the scores are saved using the Lambtracker scoring system. So a score of 1 would be a sheep that is anemic and needs worming. Same for a score of 2. 3 may be a wormer candidate while 4 and 5 are ok. \
Mastitis can be a prob,em during July as well. Notes or treatments can be handled as required when the ewes are discovered. \
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