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-When I go to the Tools menu, ATQ assistant, I always have to enter my Submitter number and/or Site number. Where can I enter this information so that the software remembers it?
Go to the References Parameters item in the ribbon. Select Settings: My farm in the Parameters section. In the Parameter Profiles box in the work area, select Traceability. You can enter the ATQ Site number and the Contact (Submitter - PROXXXXXXX) number in the appropriate cells. Click on Save to save the information.
-I can’t find a specific bull in the Bulls list or I want to add a new bull. How do I do this?
You can first check the Reference Sires list (which is updated at the same time as the software updates). You can access this list by selecting any female from the Animals list. Then, click on the Breeding button below the cow image on the right of the work area. In the Breeding screen, click on the Display Active Reference Sires button. This will open the Reference Sires screen. In the Search bar at the top of this screen, you can search by Short Name, AI Code, Registration number, Birth Date or Full Name. If the bull you are searching for is not in this list, you can add the new bull by clicking on the +Add button at the top of the window. Enter the information for the bull then click on the Save button. The new bull will then be added to the herd reference sires.
You can also add a new bull by clicking on the New item at the top of the drop-down lists in the Bull Used section of the Breeding screen. This opens the Reference Sires screen. Click on the +Add button to add the new bull. Enter the information then click on Save.
-Can I display projected dry-off dates in the Management Grid?
Yes, if you create a Planned Intervention for the Projected Dry-off event. To do this, go to the Tools item in the ribbon then click on Task Planner in the Wizards list. In the Task Planner screen, go to the Individual Treatments and Interventions tab. Click on the +Add button to add a new Planned Intervention. In the next screen, enter a Name (Ex. Projected Dry-offs). Select the Target Animals (Cows and/or Heifers). Select the Criteria option (radio button). In the Lactation tab, you can checkmark “Between” and enter a range of number of DIM (days in milk) OR, in the Projected Calving tab, enter the range of days “before projected calving”. Select the Year-round option. Finally, at the bottom of the screen, in the Intervention tab, select Dry-off. Animals meeting these criteria will then be displayed in the Management Grid with their projected dry-off dates. To complete the dry-off event in the Management Grid, double-click on the event then click on Save.
-I removed a cow from the herd by mistake. How do I bring her back into the herd?
First, you need to display removed animals in the Animals list. Go to the Animals item in the ribbon. Click on the Filter button (funnel) located under the Bulls button, to the right of the Search bar. Checkmark the Removed box then click on OK. The Animals list should now display both Active and Removed animals. Select the animal you removed by mistake. In the bottom pane of the work area, on the right, select the Herd Exit event then click on the Delete button. The Herd Exit screen will open. Click on the Delete button at the bottom of that screen. The animal will then be active in the herd once again.
-I’d like to change the neck number for an animal. How do I do this?
Go to the Animals item in the ribbon and select the animal from the list. Click on the Details button in the work area on the right. The Animal Details screen will open. You can then enter or edit the information in the Identifiers tab. Click on the Save button to save the information.
-My animals are displayed only by Neck Number in the animals list and I want to work with the barn names. How do I change this setting?
To change the display for the Animals list, go to the References Parameters item in the ribbon. In the Parameters section beside the ribbon, click on the Settings: User item. Select Animals List in the Parameter Profiles box. On the right-hand side work area, checkmark the Work Identifiers you want to work with. You can change the order in which the identifiers are displayed by using the Up and Down arrows beside the box to move the identifiers up or down the list, in order of preference. To do this, select the identifier (for example, Barn Name) then use the Up arrow to move it to the top of the list. Click on Save to save the new setting.
-When entering a calving, I forgot to checkmark the “Add to the herd” box. How do I enter the calf in the herd afterwards?
Go to the Animals item in the ribbon and select the dam of this calf. Double-click on the Calving event for this animal, either in the Lifetime or the Reproduction tab, then checkmark the “Add to the herd” box. Complete the rest of the information then click on Save. The animal will be added to the herd.
-When entering a calving, I forgot to enter the registration number of the calf. How do I enter it now that the calf has entered the herd?
Go to the Animals ribbon then select the calf from the list of animals. In the work area for the animal, click on the Details button. The Animal Details screen will open. You can then enter or edit the information in the Identifiers tab. Click on the Save button to save the information.
-When I start a treatment protocol for an animal, why is this animal not displayed on the Animals Under Withdrawal report?
After you’ve added the protocol in the animal’s Events (from the Animals list), you then need to complete the protocol actions in the Management Grid. In the Management Grid, there will be a new line for each step of the protocol. Complete each step by double-clicking on the corresponding step of that protocol then click on the Save button. After doing this, if the protocol had a medication with a withdrawal period for milk or meat, the animal will be displayed on the Animals Under Withdrawal report.
-Why don’t I see a Projected Calving date for an animal even though she has a breeding date?
The Projected Calving date will be displayed after a Positive pregnancy test. However, you can activate the projected calving date calculation without a pregnancy test. To do this, go to the References Parameters item in the ribbon. In the Parameters box, click on Settings: My Farm. In the Parameter Profiles box, click on Reproduction. At the bottom of the work area on the right, checkmark the box at the bottom of the list to Activate the projected calving calculation without pregnancy test. When this box is checked, a projected date will be displayed in the Animals work area but with an asterix * beside the date, to indicate that there hasn’t been a positive pregnancy test.
-How do I add a new medication that is not listed?
To create a medication go to the CQM – References, Medications List tab. Click the + New Medication button. The Medication window will open. Complete the information then click on Save to save it. The medication will be added to Your Medications list.
-There are missing DIN numbers in the medications list. How do I add DIN numbers to the medications list?
You can’t add or change DIN numbers for Reference Medications. The list of Reference Medications in Lac-T is supplied by the Centre de distribution des médicaments vétérinaires (QC). This default list can’t be modified. However, you can create a new medication with exactly the same name as the Reference Medication. You can then input your own DIN number. This medication will replace the one in the software. You can then edit the DIN number. This medication will be displayed in Your Medications list.
Lac-T: The solution for decision makers
Lac-T was made possible with the support of the Conseil pour le développement de l'agriculture du Québec (CDAQ) and the sector councils of New-Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Funding is provided through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program. The project is also supported by the MAPAQ through CQRL and by the FPLQ.