The Evolution of CowCalf5
Software Program has evolved from the ideas of producers,
animal scientists, and veterinarians. The primary goal of
this record system is to incorporate areas of selection,
reproduction, nutrition, health, feedlot performance, carcass
quality, and cost of production into one record system.
With this program, each aspect of production can be evaluated
to provide objective information for future management decisions.
A few or many
of the variables presented in this record system may be
used for a specific herd. Most variables are optional
and some can be customized to a individual herd specification.
It is possible to begin using this program with minimal
herd data and add to it as the information grows.
Just as cows
are the heart of a good cow-calf enterprise, the records
are the core of the CowCalf5 program. The cow record
is divided into four categories: Permanent Dam,
Yearling (Replacement) Heifer, Yearly Production, and Calf.
Dam records are cow variables, most of which don't change
from year to year. Some of the variables contained
in the Permanent Dam information are dam ID, dam birth date,
breed, pedigree, number of calves, average value of calves
weaned, EPD's and accuracies, and dam MPPA (Most Probable
Producing Ability). Two optional fields are also available.
(Replacement) Heifer variables can be collected on heifers
following weaning. This record contains information
collected while the heifer calf is being developed and bred
to become a cow. Some of the variables contained in
the Yearly Dam information are breeding, pregnancy information,
next calving date, and dam weights, condition scores, and
is entered into the system with the appropriate dam.
Each of the dam's calves are easily accessible and can be
compared with her previous calves. Some of the calf
variables available are calf tag, birth date, sex, birth
weight, sire, health, weaning information, and value of
calf at weaning.
manages bull records. Permanent, yearly, and development
variables are available including bull ID, birth date, birth
weight, number of progeny, calving ease, progeny birth and
weaning weight averages, scrotal circumference, EPD and
accuracies, and sperm data. There are many bull variables
which can be adapted for individual ranch needs.
records can be stored. Some of the variables include
ADG, DOF, cost of gain, feed conversion, and carcass data.
CowCalf5 supports everything from grafting and twins,
to artificial insemination and embryo transfer.
To run CowCalf5 properly, your system has to meet these
16 Meg Ram50
SVGA Monitor (800 X 600)