Calving a Cow

There are several ways to enter a new calf (calve a cow) in CattleMax. 

Dashboard/Calving

TIP: The number showing in the bubble over the Calving icon indicates the number of cows due to calve on or before the end of the week (Sunday).

The first and most efficient way to enter a new calf is by using the Dashboard/Calving screen.  If a cow has an active breeding record, she will appear on the  Calving  screen.  As the display opens, the user has a choice of selecting which cows appear by clicking the gear icon on the upper right. Selections can be made by selecting Days Until Due, a specific Group, or a particular Pasture.  If none of those choices are made, all cows in the herd file with an active breeding record will appear.

The cows will be listed by their identification, pasture in which they are located, their due date, exposure method, and a listing of the bull(s) to which they have been exposed.  From this screen, you can also print a Calving worksheet which can be helpful when a printed sheet is needed.

Add the new calf (selected by  sire , if desired) by clicking the Add Calf link on the right side of the screen.  When the Add Calf is used to enter the new animal, the dam, sire, pasture and any other default information (breed, color, horn status, breeder, owner) will be automatically filled in with the new animal entry.

Learn how to set default information here, Customizing CattleMax / Account Settings.

When you add a calf through the Calving screen, the cow (dam) will be removed from the Calving display, and her breeding status will be changed to Open to allow for a new breeding.  She should also be removed from the Calving screen if the calf is entered through her Offspring tab.  In some circumstances, if the calf is entered by another method than the Calving screen, the cow may not be removed from the screen, and her breeding status will not be returned to Open.  If this happens, click the No Calf link on the Calving screen. This simply changes her breeding status to Open (archives breeding) and removes her from the Calving screen without impacting her Offspring list.

Calving from the Cattle Tab > Cow button

You can now also calve by selecting the Cattle Tab and then click on the Calving Button - this will take you to the calving page just as it would from main dashboard calving icon.  

Calving from the cow's main detail page

Another easy way to enter a calf is to open the cow's detail page by entering her ID in the search bar or clicking the ID link from a group or pasture.  There are two easy options from this page.  

  • TIMELINE CALVING - You can click on the date link for the breeding correlated to when she calved - sire, dam, owner, pasture and any other default information will be automatically added to the calf.
  • ADD NEW ACTIVITY - You can also click on the green circle with the + in it and then select New Calving - select the breeding which resulted in the current calf by clicking on Add Calf - the sire, dam, owner, pasture and any other default information will be automatically added to the calf.

The cow's current breeding status will be changed to Open after the new calf is recorded.

If you do not have any active breedings for the cow, then you will be directed to add a new calf through the Offspring tab.

Calving from the cow's offspring tab

Another way to enter a new calf is to go to the cow's detail page > Offspring tab > New Animal.  When the New Animal button is clicked/touched, the same screen will open as if you were entering the calf through the Calving screen.  The dam and any default information will be prefilled. The user will need to enter the sire for the calf. 

Calving with Quick Link-New Animal

The last way, in CattleMax, to enter a new calf, is to go to Cattle > Add New > Add New Animal.  This would be the least desirable way to enter a new calf, as nothing would be prefilled on the animal record.

Watch a short video on Calving a Cow:     

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