We are pleased to tell you that the latest version of Farm Matters (Version 2016.4.4) includes a new feature called grid layouts. This feature will allow you to have multiple layouts of a grid and switch between them easily. You could have one layout with columns switched on about breeding, another layout with the weight columns, another for medication, etc.
To switch on this feature load a screen such as On Farm andGrid Layouts go to Tools->Layout Selector. You will see a small toolbox appear called ‘Grid Layouts’. To create a new layout simple click the add button and give the new layout a name (Note: nothing will initially change on the grid). You can then move the columns around as desired for the new layout. If you then want to view the original layout simply select it from the drop down and the layout will change. There is no need to save layouts, this is done automatically when you leave the screen. You can call on the different layouts at any time. This is available on most screens inc. Cattle On Farm, Individual Sheep, Fields, Sales, Purchases, Treatments, Products, etc.
If you are looking for a easy to use and cost effective EID solution, Tag-ie4 is the answer. For only £250+VAT the Tag-ie 4 includes:
• Batching of tag lists
• Weights recording
• 4,000 tag capacity
• Lightweight & IP66 rating
Tag-ie4 is fully compatible with Farm Matters. The software can download data directly from the handset either into your events or to display on screen. History data can be uploaded directly to the handset from Farm Matters with a choice of what data to upload. For more details about Tag-ie4 or to order one, please contact Neil on 0191 3000 189.
It has come to our attention that some sheep farmers think they need to record the individual chip number of slaughter/flock mark tags. This is not the case! The rule of thumb is you only need to record what you can see. The legislation is based on the visible identification at the point of the event.
Conversely some farmers think they don’t need to record when tagging animals with slaughter/flock mark tags. However it is a legislative requirement that all tagging events are recorded including slaughter/flock mark tags. This can be as simple as recording ‘250 x UK123456’ in your identification records (Section 3 of the Holding Register).
Farm Matters Tip: If you tag your animals as they leave your farm, you can simply enter the movement off/sale event into Farm Matters and answer yes to the ‘Record Tagging’ question. This will automatically create the identification records based on the tag numbers entered for the movement.
This is vitally important that all sheep producers read this.
We have been made aware of many farmers having experienced full RPA sheep inspections. To our shock and dismay we learn that the inspectors are out sourced to a company called HallMark Ltd. This has unearthed rather dangerous results in the inspectors application of the legislation criteria and therefore is causing many false inspection issues and breaches of cross compliance.
One of the issues raised is the fact that sheep producers must present a copy of the Holding Register in original booklet form as supplied by the RPA.
It is NOT a requirement to have the manual Holding register completed as an addition to any correctly presented print outs or correctly presented records. This is NOT a breach of cross compliance and if this is suggested by the inspector we strongly recommend protesting this issue and informing the RPA of the matter.
We are confident that Farm Matters Software will produce the correct records for RPA sheep inspections in accordance with cross compliance and government regulations.
If you have any experiences like this or wish to discuss the matter please get in touch.
Here at Farm Matters we are eager to promote our software solution but also advise all our customers on a regular basis about queries and problems we are finding with the industry, particularly confusion caused by crazy legislation and inspection worries.
A current issue seems to be the confusion of sheep record keeping, ARAMS and general identity issues. Well here are the basics which may help people make things a little bit more straight forward and clear.
A sheep can run around on the farm until it is 9 months old without any tag in its ear. When it becomes 9 months or it has to be moved to a new holding number irrelevant of distance it must be tagged. This tag can be a single slaughter tag EID chip number included but not visible or a double EID visible tag(s).
Basically if you intend to sell the sheep slaughter then a single EID slaughter tag is fine. If you intended to keep for breeding or the animal becomes older than 12 months it needs a double EID tag (s).
You do not have to record every separate tag when you move sheep in your keeper ship between holdings but you do need to keep a record of the flock numbers.
we can advise that anyone buying or selling a large number of mixed sheep with EID double tags needs to buy a EID reader, this can then be downloaded into the Farm Matters software and populate the tag identification element of your records.
There are many more issues regarding sheep legislation so if you need any advise just get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org