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Record keeping what to use?

Post by BryanM » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:54 am

Looking for suggestions on new record keeping apps. I am looking something for for computer/smart phone, what do you recommend?



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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by Brute 23 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:52 am

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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:18 am

Cattlemax is one of the top end programs. Directly links with a few of the main breed associations.
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But, there are others out there. Some breed associations offer record keeping programs. Simmental has some, but i have not tried it out yet.
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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by gcreekrch » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:44 pm

Pen and notebook or calving record book.
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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by greggy » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:34 pm

Livestocked.

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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by Randi » Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:57 pm

Excel files. For internet use Google Sheets or One Drive

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Post by WFfarm » Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:10 am

We us Excel spreadsheets a lot. Once you get the hang formulas and formating, you can make your own reports and customize exactly to your needs.

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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by Bigfoot » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:10 am

Lost all my records in 2006. Had a crazy couple years after that. All my records are on google sheets. I 'hope" they are backed up there enough to never lose.
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Post by crossbredcalves » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:48 am

I use Google Sheets and just have it set up to show the information that is important to me.
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Post by TXBobcat » Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:45 pm

CattleMax

I’ve been using it for years. Very economical and easy to use and access. You can access it from your phone, laptop, or desktop.
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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by greggy » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:28 am

How do you use or see the very expensive, way over priced, Excel ? Or, the better priced, but still hard to use, google be nice ? On a phone sized device in the field ?

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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by SBMF 2015 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:00 pm

Cattle Max. I've tried a couple others, they don't compare. Cattle Max on your smart phone,tablet, computer. Can be sinked to your tru-test scale.
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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by Brute 23 » Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:10 am

greggy wrote:
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How do you use or see the very expensive, way over priced, Excel ? Or, the better priced, but still hard to use, google be nice ? On a phone sized device in the field ?
I use a pen and pad still in the field and then enter my data in at home. I keep a tally book in the truck for day to day like calving. Some times I will print out sheets and use a clip board if working cattle or some thing.

With a cloud type, host service like onedrive you could pull it up off any device in the field and make changes... phone, tablet, laptop, etc.

You can buy the whole office 365 package of word, excel, etc for like $16 a mo. It has a file sharing system with in it also. I dont think that's very expensive at all. Especially since you can use excel spreadsheets for not only cattle, but tracking expenses, bank accounts, equipment service logs... the uses are endless.
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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by greggy » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:24 am

16 a month may be cheap if you have a business or other use that makes money from Excel etc....I am not donating that sort of money to them when it can go in my or my livestocks mouth :)

I would use openoffice or google before MS products anyways, but....

This sort of thing means people may not have used a dedicated app, there is so only much anyone who uses a boring clunky spreadsheet can do.....I can see hundreds of tabs and sheets....lol...not for this black duck.

Ok, so I vac half my 6 month old sheep, move 25% to another paddock, wean 10 calves off milk, vac 15 calves, bring 5 new animals in, buy 5 different products from 5 different suppliers, all in one day....

Good luck with excel, sheets or notepad, with a decent app, I select animals treated in paddock A, ones in paddock B, some in C, give 2 different products too C, track costs and dates from all suppliers, track new animals and where they are, and then I can search 6 months later, what animals, in what paddock got treatment A, or feed B, C etc, and how much was spent, and how much has come in ///etc etc

So, I understand simple, but I do these sort of transactions often, no way in be nice could I do them on a spreadsheet, unless sitting in an office and someone calling it in, and I am a newbie hack :)

What about your withholding for drugs, feeds, etc etc, what about...on and on..

I am not that old, my memory is good, my IT skills are way above most, the app I use smashes this all out of the park, and that is the free version, the paid one offers so much more, if I was making money, the app is so worth it, multiple users and multiple farms too....well, no way with the sheets, not unless your an excel expert, and if you were, the app would save you so much time, no way you would re invent the wheel.

I wish I started my own app years ago, I am too busy feeding now to even think about this :)

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Re: Record keeping what to use?

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:07 am

greggy wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:34 pm
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Greggy - never heard of it, but looking at info, it looks good and it's free.
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