It takes too long to add new cattle
Our goal with CattleMax has always been to make it as fast as possible for you to handle your cattle record keeping tasks. While CattleMax Online’s Group Update feature lets you enter information one time and have it recorded for multiple animals, there was never a quick way of actually entering those animals into CattleMax (outside of data imports).
Some of our trial users never actually got up and going with CattleMax because it was going to take too long to enter their cattle from paper records. In the past, we were able to help some of our customers by importing spreadsheets, but this was a manual process for us and often had turnarounds of several weeks during the busy time of year.
Today we are excited to announce the new CattleMax Bulk Add feature. This feature offers a quick way for customers to create individual animal records in a spreadsheet-style view instead of adding cattle one-at-a-time.
An easier way to convert from paper to CattleMax
Getting started with CattleMax Online has always been easy for those who were importing records from another cattle software program such as an older version of CattleMax or other cattle software since it was just a quick import. Many registered breeders not already using cattle software could import records from their breed association. However, commercial breeders often found themselves having to manually enter records one at a time.
A faster way of adding groups of purchased cattle
Another source of time sink we identified was in adding purchased cattle. Some of our customers buy cattle in groups… whether that is a couple dozen replacement heifers for breeding stock or buying weaned calves to put on pasture. In these situations, there is often a lot of similar information (animal type, status, purchase details, breed, etc) and just a limited amount of information that is different (ear tag, birth date, purchase price).
How Bulk Add works
The Bulk Add feature builds on a similar concept from previous versions of CattleMax while offering a streamlined interface. There are three steps to setting up your Bulk Add:
- Enter or paste in a list of tags for the new animals
- Enter the information that is the same for all cattle (eg. owner, breed, animal type)
- Enter the information that is specific to each individual animal (birth date, purchase price)
Accessing Bulk Add is easy… just click the”Cattle” tab and then click “Bulk Add Animals” in the toolbar area. After you have created your new cattle records, you can begin recording breeding, pregnancy, treatments, and more as well as importing weights and EID tags.
What you see today is the first iteration of Bulk Add. As you can see in the demo, it greatly reduces the time involved in entering new animals. In the coming months, we plan to add additional column choices and additional ways to add information. As always, we welcome any comments and feedback on new features.