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So for me, calving season is right around the corner and I thought it would be interesting to share our calf record system and see ways others do it!

Basically as calves are born, we go to tag and vaccinate and record date, dam, sex, and then I record a score for temperament, calving ease, and a column for disposal ( sold, or died at birth, ect.) i also leave note space if one needs to be grafted so I can trace it back.
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We use CattleMax software. Have for many years now. We have to keep track of AI dates, genetics, weights etc. Got to be to much of a pain for paper and a pen. :)
 

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I cannot understand the screenshot. Also, about software, can you give me the link wherefrom I can download before I startup my farming
 

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However, until you really get into farming with lots of cows, it may be overkill. My dh didn't buy his until last year,\.

Just keep a notebook with a listing of your cows. Write down when they calved and any notes about that (if they needed assistance, etc.), an estimate of their calf's weight, the vaccines you gave them and when, and when you put the bull in with them. If you observe heat, you can record and track that. For the first few years, unless you're doing registered animals, that's all you need.
 

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When a cow loses her calf and another one is "grafted" I.e. Put on a new cow. For example, a heifer calved and lost her calf. Awhile earlier a cow had twins, we will skin the dead the calf, tie the hide on one of the twin, and "graft" the calf to the heifer.


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HerdOne (www.herdone.com) is a web-based livestock management application that I have been using. It has an updated interface and has many features included with it. It handles all livestock types and I can track vaccination, health, breeding, and offspring history with it. It also handles sales, purchases, and expense tracking which is very beneficial for tax season. The reporting section provides me with views of my cattle data which help me make many of my operational decisions. They also offer a free 30 day trial to see if you like its features.
 

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Appreciating your work on maintaining the records, from the date of born till the cow reaches the earth or reaches some area. I will definitely make this point and will suggest other dairy farmers follow the same, especially the milking intervals and the quantity can be calculated with every breed and at specific climates. And if possible you can even update everything as electronic documents to publish them on the internet. Will be much helpful for the readers!
 
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