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SheepGoats LogoFrustrated with your current record keeping?Are you frustrated with your current recording system for your sheep or goats? Can’t you find the records of when an animal was inoculated, or when it has lambed, or how her lambs performed? Are you struggling to keep up with your record keeping and administration? Do you need accurate, reliable data to select your animals for selling or breeding? Don’t you get the best prices because you can’t provide the needed information to prospective buyers?

Do you need to know with the push of a button how many animals are in the flock (per camp and/or category); what animals are pregnant and when they are going to lamb; which breeding animals reproduce poorly (e.g. never lambed, long inter-lambing period, long time since last lambing, few/ twins, poor reproduction index); what is the pregnancy, lambing and weaning percentage; the progeny of which breeding animals produces poorly (e.g. low weaning weights, low weaning indices and/or poor breeding values); how many and what animals were born, sold, purchased, died, with a certain period of time (with values/prices where applicable); what is the total and average weight and income of animals sold; what is the production and income per hectare or per LSU? Read further and see how BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS can assist you.

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS provides an easy to use, tried and trusted alternative to using your own recording system. It is your all-in-one on-farm sheep and goats management information system. It was developed for easy and efficient record keeping, administration, performance testing, selection, breeding, marketing and general management. The program is specifically designed for the needs of the South African sheep and goats farmer and it caters for all aspects of sheep and goats flock management: from purchase data, matings, pregnancy tests, lambings, weights, performance testing, pedigrees, vaccinations, diseases, injuries and treatments, photos, documents to sales, mortalities and camp activities, including feed put out per camp. It even has a very handy rainfall calendar.

For the stud breeder, BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS provides, except for the above, also for embryo flushings and implants, inspections, visual scoring, etcetera.

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About BenguelaSoft

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS is developed by BenguelaSoft, a South African company specialising in livestock and game software. BenguelaSoft has a track record of 12 years in the farming industry. BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS is one of the modules of the BenguFarm package with modules also for beef cattle, game and pigs. All modules are developed on the same platform and principles – if you know one, you will easily master all the others. Each module is however customised for the needs and requirements of the specific species. BenguFarm is used by more than 900 breeders across 14 countries and 4 continents. BenguFarm is endorsed by SA Stud Book as well as 19 breeders’ societies.

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS was developed with the inputs of various prominent animal scientists and institutions like SA Stud Book, universities, DNA laboratories, etc. to ensure that the software complies with all scientific and technical standards. The ongoing inputs of our clients ensure that the program is custom-made to suit the needs of all beef cattle farmers, breeders and related institutions. The development approach is very much user-driven: users’ requests and suggestions enjoy high priority in the ongoing development and upgrading of the software. In this way we ensure that the programme suits the needs of all farmers and institutions.

Stud and Commercial

BenguFarm is equally suitable for both stud and commercial herds/flocks and can be used either as an independent herd management programme or as an integral part of stud breeding and/or performance testing through SA Stud Book or the ARC. More than one herd/flock (e.g. stud and commercial) can be set up on the programme at no additional cost.

Most of the management functions BenguFarm caters for (e.g. linking of animals to camps & management groups, matings & AI, pregnancy tests, births, weighs, horn measurements (for game / wildlife), vaccinations, dosing, diseases, injuries, treatments, photos and documents, camp activities, animal sightings, purchases, sales, culls, mortalities, stock register and rainfall) and all related calculations and reports apply to all animals, irrespective if they are stud or commercial.

The few functions (e.g. data sending to and importation from a service provider such as SA Stud Book, ARC, BreedPlan or breeder's society) and data fields in BenguFarm which are only applicable to stud breeding can be hidden for commercial herds to keep the program simple and make it user-friendly.

Main Window

A unique feature is that the main window can be used to view the data of animals. There are two options: With the single animal view option all data, photos and documents of an animal can be viewed quickly via various interchangeable view windows (e.g. birth data, pedigree, photos, horn measurements, reproduction data, progeny, inoculations, health and notes), without the need to create a report. With the herd option the important data of the entire herd or a selected group can be viewed.

Importing and Creating Animal Records

It is easy to populate the programme’s database with your animal data using various methods. Data can, for example, be imported from Excel or files received from SA Stud Book (Logix), Breedplan, ARC (Intergis) or a breeders’ society. Data can, for example, be imported from certain other farm software packages or it can be entered easily and quickly by hand via a screen specifically developed for this purpose. (If you need assistance with preparation and importing of Excel data, please contact Mr Leslie Bergh at 082 801 2026 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). When animals are purchased, the seller can create an electronic file in BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS and send to the buyer which he can import into his BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS and immediately have the animals' full information on record.

Importing and Creating Weight and Other Data

BenguFarm makes provision for the importation of weights, etc. from electronic scales. Most electronic cattle scales have a function whereby you can create an export file of recorded weights, etc. This file can then be imported into BenguFarm. A comprehensive integration function is also available for Tru-Test XR5000 scales. Through this function, the XR5000 scale fields can be updated, BenguFarm fields linked to scale fields, animals uploaded to the scale and data imported from the scale. Full integration with EID use is implemented with this function.

Integration with Electronic Tag Readers

Data such as new animals, matings, pregnancies, lambings, weights, vaccinations & dosings, diseases & treatments, camp movements, RTU measurements, sales and deaths can be recorded on an Agrident APR500 electronic ID reader (available from RFID Experts). This data can then be imported directly from the reader into BenguFarm.

Diary and Management Calendar

The programme has an internal integrated diary and management calendar that the farmer can set up according to his specific needs. Management tasks requiring attention is displayed in the diary to make it easier for the farmer to remember important tasks.

Camps and Groups

Animals can be linked to lambing seasons, camps and management groups which the farmer can set up himself. The groups enable quick and easy selection of animals to display on a screen or to include in reports and recording lists. Animals can easily be moved between camps and/or flocks to keep track of what animals are or were in a specific camp and flock.

Data Send and Import

The stud breeder can easily send data like matings, births, weights, wool data and transfers & cancellations to the applicable service provider (e.g. Stud Book and/or the applicable breeders’ society) in the correct format. Reproduction, growth and wool data, as well as breeding values, can easily be imported into the programme.

Reproduction and Growth Calculations

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS automatically does various reproduction calculations like age at first lambing, inter-lambing periods and days since the last lambing. Expected lambing dates are calculated using specie-specific reproduction parameters and flock-specific settings.

Regarding performance testing, BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS is the only sheep and goats cattle management software which calculates various reproduction and growth traits (e.g. adjusted weights, growth per day and growth indexes) in exactly the same way as the Logix system of SA Studbook, irrespective if it is for a commercial or stud flock. This valuable information can be used by the farmer for selection, breeding and management of his animals.

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS provides for extensive data verification to ensure that only correct and complete data are recorded and, for stud breeders, be submitted to their particular service provider, for example, Stud Book or the applicable breeders’ society.

Inbreeding

Inbreeding is a very an important aspect to consider in breeding. If parentage is recorded, high levels of inbreeding can easily be avoided, as inbreeding coefficients are estimated for the progeny of planned matings, including warnings where a specific mating will result in high inbreeding. The programme automatically also calculates inbreeding of all existing animals.

Stock, Used and Costs

BenguFarm provides for stock registries for vaccines, remedies, supplements, medicines and semen. With the recording of vaccinations, dosings, supplements, treatments and inseminations, the stock in question is automatically updated. The total amount and cost are also calculated. Feed and lick stock can also be recorded. Feed and lick can be recorded per camp. By dividing the total amount and cost per camp or group for a certain period by the number of animals in the camp, the average usage and cost per animal can be calculated.

Prices and Values

Apart from purchase and selling prices, book, market and tax values of animals can also be recorded.

Notes, Appearance and Scores

General notes, appearance comments and scores (like conformation and wool scores) can also be recorded.

Photos and Documents

An unlimited number of photos, documents (e.g. DNA certificates, invoices, fertility certificates and vet reports) and videos can be saved and displayed for an animal. Photos of an animal can be displayed on certain reports.

Feedlots

BenguFarm makes provision for capturing, processing and reporting of all feedlot data on the newly developed Feedlot Manager window. On this window, pen groups can be created, animals linked to pen groups and quantities of feed put out per pen captured. Individual animal records can be kept for purchase information, vaccinations, illnesses and treatments, weights and sale/slaughter data, including live weight, carcass weight, dressing percentage. Calculations are done per animal for weight gain, last two ADGs, costs, income and net profit. Pen group summaries are provided for total feed quantities, average feed conversion ratio, average ADG, total costs, income and net profit.

Veterinary Network

Veterinary Network is a network of veterinarians that focus on the maintenance and improvement of livestock health, production and welfare in South Africa. All participating members own and operate independent veterinary practices providing livestock health services, but these veterinarians spend most of the day rushing around to help and save sick animals. There is never enough time to provide the livestock owner with information on disease prevention plans and cost-effective livestock remedies. Veterinary Network was set up to provide support to the network of participating rural veterinary practices and their livestock clients. This is done by monitoring livestock disease trends, supplying relevant livestock health information and a structured computer program for the development of cost-effective disease prevention management plans for each livestock client.

Participating veterinarians can assign a standardized management plan(s) to a client or can, in consultation with the client, set up a custom management plan. Management plans are e-mailed to clients by participating veterinarians at the start of each month.

By means of the Veterinary Network functionality in the BenguFarm BEEF and SHEEP & GOATS modules, clients of participating veterinarians can integrate the management plans into BenguFarm as an interactive Veterinary Network Calendar. This calendar also includes performance test dates and custom diary entries you may have created in the standard BenguFarm calendar. A user can click on an item in the Veterinary Network Calendar. This will display information such as the group of animals to which the action is applicable, age, cycle stage, description of the action, how often the action should take place and where applicable, which treatment or action should be applied together with suggested dosage. In some cases, additional information is available in the form of a PDF document that can be downloaded and viewed. The Veterinary Network Calendar will also list the animals which are currently applicable to the action. The user can then print work lists, linked the animals to groups or open them in a My Animal Data report. It should be evident that the Veterinary Network Calendar is an alternative to the build-in BenguFarm Management Calendar. The two is not meant to work interactively, with the Veterinary Network Calendar supplying more functionalities and information. The Veterinary Network Calendar will also be in upcoming versions of the Veterinary Network Daily Observation Card (DOC) app. The DOC app is available for Android phones and tablets from the Google Play Store.

You need to log in to be able to use the integrated Veterinary Network Calendar. To login, use the same username and password as you use on the Veterinary DOC App. You can register for free with Veterinary Network with the DOC app. As stated above, to be able to use these integrated functions, your veterinarian has to set up a custom management plan(s) for your herd(s) or either assign one of his/her default practice plans to you.

Reports

The program has more than 50 reports and recording (kraal) lists for general and health management, breeding, recorded traits (e.g. horn measurements), selection, sales and flock administration. To name but a few:

  • Several recording lists (for weights, matings, pregnancies, calvings, vaccinations, etc.) for easy recording of data in the crush or in the field.
  • The Flock List report for easy and quick checking which animals are in the flock and to verify their basic information.
  • The Animal Numbers and Values report gives a summary of the animal numbers (within or across flocks) per category, including total book, market and tax values as well as livestock units.
  • The DNA Services Request form can be printed and send with the DNA samples to a DNA laboratory (currently only available for Unistel).
  • With the Log of DNA Samples Sent report, you can keep track of which animals’ DNA samples were sent for analysis and which results were received.
  • The Related Animals report enables you to see instantly which animals in the flock are related to a specific animal and what the relationship is (e.g. sire).
  • The Ewes near Calving report enable you to be prepared for females which are near lambing.
  • The Breeding Flock Selection report makes it very easy to quickly select ewes on reproduction and production figures according to norms that the farmer can choose according to his standards.
  • The Weights and Gains report is very useful to monitor and evaluate the weight gains and growth per day for any given period. This is especially useful for feedlots and on-farm growth tests for rams.
  • The Performance Test Results report makes it easy to select and evaluate lambs and their mothers using the performance test indexes (e.g. Weaning index).
  • The Animal Summary report combines all the important information of an animal on a one-page report.
  • A Sale Catalogue report makes marketing (out of hand or at auction) of animals by breeders easily and efficiently. Lot numbers can be allocated and remarks added. The farm's logo can be printed on the report.
  • The Animals per Camp report list all the animals in a camp for the selected camp(s) and flock. The user can customise the layout of the report and save his favourite layout(s) for later use.
  • Purchases and Sales reports with date, buyer/seller, price, event, etc.
  • The Animal Numbers Reconciliation report gives a list of all animal movements for a specific period in and out of the flock, e.g. animals purchased, lambs born, animals sold, mortalities, with income and expenses where applicable.

The user can also compile his own tailor-made reports – including criteria for animals to be included, traits and data fields to display and how the data should be sorted or grouped. The criteria and layouts of tailor-made reports can be saved for easy future use. It can, like all other reports, be exported in various formats, including Excel and pdf.

Computers and Language

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS can be installed on any computer or tablet with Windows 7, 8 or 10. (On an Apple Mac a virtual Windows can be installed and then BenguFarm can be run on it). The programme can be set up in both English and Afrikaans. It can be used for all more than one flock and on more than one computer of the same owner without any additional cost. Owner and farm manager, office and home computers, desktop, laptop or Windows tablet, can have BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS on it. Various options are available to sync the BenguFarm database on these computers and your BenguFarm agent will determine the best option taking into consideration your specific circumstances and needs.

User-friendliness, Support and Training

After sales support and training is very important for all software users. BenguelaSoft has agents in most provinces and in Namibia. When purchasing the software, BenguelaSoft assigns one of our agents to the client. The agent will help with installation, importing of data, training and support where needed. BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS is very easy to use with the help of a user-friendly manual and a step-by-step help function on most screens. Training courses are held on a regular basis country wide in SA and in other countries. The most common feedback from people who attended courses is that the program is much easier to use and offer much more than that they expected.

Development of the Software

BenguelaSoft continuously develops new and improved functions and reports in BenguFarm. The development is very much user-driven to ensure the software satisfy the needs of the users and the industry in general. We, therefore, welcome feedback and proposals of the users of the software.

All-in-One

Say goodbye to the days of looking for info all over the place – have EVERYTHING stored in an easy-to-find way and all together on a simple and easy-to-use program. Whether you are a stud breeder or commercial farmer, no matter how big or small your flock is, or how much or little you would like to record – BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS cater for all your needs.

Comments from Users:

"Met BenguFarm SHEEP & GOATS word skaapbestuur vereenvoudig sodat effektiewe bestuur op jou kuddde toegepas kan word. BenguFarm SHEEP & GOATS doen wat jou behoefte is, nie net wat die boeke wil weet nie. Dit is van kardinale belang met die skaaptoetssentrum wat veroorsaak dat diere vir ekonomies belangrike eienskappe geselekteer kan word want BenguFarm SHEEP & GOATS maak die saamgevatte data bruikbaar."
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