Dairy One backup systems provide file level backups and optional secure cloud storage for your most critical files.

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Backup Systems

Have you made a PCDART backup today? Have you made a backup of your spreadsheets? Have you backed up your financial data? How many hours (or days) will you spend trying to recover or recreate your data in the event of a system failure? Many farms are now backing up PCDART but we do not often backup other critical farm files. Data loss can come from many different sources — computer failure due to old hardware, power fluctuations from storms and generators, viruses and even human error. Dairy One has a complete backup system that can help safeguard your farm against data loss.

• Dairy One backup systems provide file level backups and optional secure cloud storage for your most critical files.

• Dairy One backup systems allow farms to share files for set periods of time with consultants, nutritionists and other im-portant team members through an emailed link.

• Dairy One backup systems can backup multiple computers on the same network.

• Dairy One backup systems allow for fast recovery from data loss.

Contact us for more information about how we can make your data more secure.

Meet your PCDART Support Team

Both Dave and Dan bring a wealth of herd management record experience to the support team. Don’t hesitate to utilize this re-source if you have questions or ideas of what information you need to make informed herd management decisions.

Dave Glass is a member of the Agricultural Management Resources software support team based in western New York. He works with PCDART, Dairy Comp, Scout, and Fields and Crops. Dave has worked for Dairy One for 32 years first as a DHIA technician, then as a market manager and has spent the last 17 years supporting software.

Dan Smith is a member of the Agricultural Management Resources software support team based in State College, Pennsyl-vania. He works with PCDART, Scout and Dairy Comp. Dan has worked for Dairy One for 35 years, starting his career as a DHIA tech-nician and then becoming a county manager. Dan has spent the last 20 years supporting software.

PCDART Shortcut Keys

F1 Open PCDART Help HOME Moves cursor to the Quick Entry Box F2 Cow Page Ctrl-P Opens PocketDairy

F3 Edit Reports Screen Ctrl-D Opens Dashboard F4 Overview Screen Ctrl-H Opens Herd Graphs F5 Reports Menu Ctrl-G Opens Cow Graphs

F6 Testday Tasks Menu ESC Cancels the current operation and closes the current dialog screen

GENERAL KEYS

Home Moves cursor to Quick Entry box View ### Where ### = report number.

Previews PCDART report. Print ### Where ### = report number.

Prints PCDART report Procedure code or

Procedure name Opens procedure input form

QUICK ENTRY

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PCDART Update— Version 7.16.6A

Summary of New Features and Changes

Old or slow computer?

This version provides snappier response times for some input and lookup procedures and Activity Tracker functions. See page 3 for setup recommendations.

Electronic milk meters, heat monitoring systems or robotic milking system?

New and enhanced interfaces for more systems. See page 4.

Estimate future cow flow and maintain profitability with Inventory Tracker.

PCDART’s new Inventory Tracker provides summaries of past inventories and projections of future inventories. See page 5.

PocketDairy Android

Improve your vet checks with Vet Check Maxx, designed for tablets. See page 6.

RFID compatibility gives you the option to use a wand to enter ID, check groups and create work lists with a Bluetooth compatible Android device. See page 7.

Work List provides a quick way to build a list of animals needing data input, make entries, determine action and save. See page 7.

Group Check lets you easily confirm if any animals are in the wrong group or may be missing. See page 8.

Reports

Database item 196 Days in Milk at Do Not Breed was added.

Mark all chores listed on the Standard Report 902 Protocols Today’s “To Do” as “DONE” at the time the report is run. No need to reenter that the chores were done! See page 8.

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PCDART Reports

Response for input and lookup is faster especially for larger herds and on older computers.

Activity Tracker has been enhanced for quick response.

Larger Herds may want to turn off the Show Action Lists option for improved response time.

Rapid Response

• This version significantly improves the performance when posting any events that create a new animal (calving's, new animal, etc.) as well as many data inputs. Lookup functions for cow page, etc. will respond faster. Improvement will be most noticeable in larger herds and on older computers, or in herds that retain a lot of health data.

• For larger herds where speed is a concern, additional input response can be gained by turning off the Show Action Lists option in File / Program Setup / Show Action Lists.

♦ Herds with 1,000 or more active cows will automatically have the Action List display turned off when 7.16.6 is installed. However, you have the option to turn ON the Show Action Lists option.

♦ Replaces File / Program Setup / Turbo Input option (see setup screens below)

NEW – 7.16.6 - File / Program Setup

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Interfaces

New and enhanced interfaces enable precise data management.

Enhancements to Interfaces

• Herds with multiple MMI systems and one PCDART system will now be supported; data will be sent to respective parlors using group number.

• Refined procedures for entering MMI and HMS transponders in PCDART to accommodate variations by vendors in MMI and Heat Monitoring systems.

• Interface programs were modified to match manufacturer system updates.

Enhancements to Interfaces

Delaval - Alpro / Delpro

♦ Added sort gate interface

♦ If “Reset Trans in Dartmast” is selected in PCDART, transponders or RFID (if used) will be updated.

♦ Extensive changes made to minimize edit conflicts when PCDART status changes are sent to Alpro / Delpro.

♦ Major enhancement to interface with Delpro version 4.1 and later.

♦ Transfer cows can easily be added to Delpro.

SCR DataFlow II

♦ Added new milking system interface.

♦ Herd startup will send all animals regardless of tag number; day to day data entry will send only animals with tags.

afimilk - AfiFarm

♦ Now allows 2 alpha numeric characters when sending parlor alerts to AfiFarm.

♦ Option added to not send ID to reduce ID conflicts when sending data to AfiFarm.

GEA - DairyPlan

♦ Added interface for Robotic herds (version C21).

♦ Barn name can be sent when adding a new animal (not just on startups).

BouMatic - SmartDairy

♦ Heifers can now have transponder numbers sent to SmartDairy.

Heat Management Systems (HMS)

SCR: Startup will send all animals; day to day data entry will send only animals with transponders.

SCR, ENGS, SensOor: now sends a positive preg check if animal has S repro code.

Other On-Farm Management Systems

AfiFarm interfacenow provides correct ID information on all animals.

• CAR codes have been revised to better match codes in Dairy Comp 305.

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Trackers

Learn from the past. Plan for the future.

Inventory Tracker

• Summaries of Past Inventories

• Projections of Future Herd Inventories

• Includes Heifer Projections (Lact=0) along with milking herd

• Uses Inventory of Pregnant and Bred Cows to Estimate Future Cow Flow

Set up Screen

See an Inventory Projections Table example in PCDART HELP.

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PocketDairy Android

Get more data and features on Android tablets with a 7” or larger screen.

Vet Check will never be the same— accurate, efficient, easy!

• Lookup and Input are all on one screen and can be easily accomplished cowside.

♦ All the information needed cowside is on one screen.

♦ Multiple Entry: Repro, Health, Remarks, Protocols, Chores.

♦ Easy to navigate: shows last cow done, next cow in list, and current cow.

♦ Fully integrated with the new Work List feature.

♦ RFID compatible.

Protocols and Chores

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Enter protocols assigned and chores done cowside.

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PocketDairy Android

Use a wand to enter ID, check groups and create worklists on a Bluetooth compatible Android device.

Quickly build a list of animals needing input, make entries, determine action, and save.

RFID

RFID and PocketDairy Android: a match made in dairy management heaven!

• Enable Bluetooth on your Android device.

• Tap on menu in PocketDairy and then tap on Settings. Select Enable RFID Wanding.

• Restarting PocketDairy will be required.

• To connect wand, tap the RFID box now located above the Cow Page icon.

• Your Android device will scan for your wand and display paired devices (make sure your wand is on). Tap on your wand’s name to connect.

• Enter the wand’s PIN and tap OK.

• You are ready to start wanding RFID tags!

Work List

• Tap on Work button, and then tap on Work List.

• Build your Work List using one of four options:

♦ Use a PocketDairy list (user report sent over)

♦ Retrieve a saved list

♦ Get all animals in a group

♦ Enter index numbers manually

• Once you have your list, you can choose the input feature needed for data entry (Calved, Bred, Dried, Group Change, Left, Vet Check, Health, BST, Growth, Hospital or RFID).

• Menu button / Options / Settings allows you to tell PocketDairy how to handle an animal on the list, not on the list or not recognized, and what to do after input has been entered for an animal.

• Menu button / Options / Settings also provides the ability to Select All or Unselect All, and 6 different ways to sort the work list.

• Menu button / Save List allows you to give the work list a name and save it.

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PocketDairy Android

Easily confirm if any animals are in the wrong group or may be missing.

Group Check

• Tap on the Work button, and then tap on Group Check.

• Enter the Group Number you want to check. All animals in that group will display in the Missing column.

• Manually enter or wand RFID tags to enter each animal’s ID.

• Animals will begin to display in the OK or Wrong Group column. If their ID is not entered, they will remain in the Missing column.

You have the option to:

♦ Move animals in the Wrong Group to the current group or delete them.

♦ Change the group number of Missing animals.

Brief videos demonstra ng the Work List and Group Check features can be viewed a er you log in at www.drms.org.

Click on menu item: PocketDairy Android, and then

Educa onal Videos - Features

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Reports

• Added database item 196 Days in Milk at Do Not Breed.

• Added an option to mark all chores listed on Standard Report 902 Protocols Today’s “To Do” report as “DONE” at the time the report is run.

♦ If all chores listed on the report today will be done, check the box to mark them all as Done. This feature is only available to producers and only when “Print options” is selected.

♦ When the report is printed, you’ll be prompted with a confirmation box indicating the chores on the report will be marked as Done and you can preview the report. Once the report preview is closed, a message will indicate the chores on the report will be marked as Done and provide an option to Cancel the process.

♦ If OK is selected, the report will print and all chores listed will be marked Done as of today. The tech listed for these chores will be 902.

♦ If you do not want to mark all chores on the report as Done or want to record the tech that did the chores, use the Assign Temp Group# and Preview the report. Then use Input Desk and Chores Done event to bring up the animals in that Temp Group. You can remove any that did not get the chore done and assign the actual tech to each event.

Chores on report 902 can be marked as “Done”. Please preview this report

and decide if these are the chores that are appropriate to be marked “Done”.

Chores on report 902 will be marked as “Done”. Press Cancel to abort.

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