Frequently Asked Questions
How is DairyLive different from other herd
How do I create a new herd database?
What is the difference between an event and a
How do I set up my own event types?
How do I
set up DairyLive Anywhere?
What does a scatter graph tell me?
What does a standard chart tell me?
How does the on-line backup work?
What is the difference between a check list and an
Can I have more than one herd database open at the
Why and how often should I compact my herd database?
How can I enter the same event for more than one
What kinds of photographs can I import into
DairyLive? How do I do this?
Why can't I delete or rename certain groups and
How can I see all my animals at once in the
Can I use DairyLive to manage my dairy goat herd?
Why, when, and how should I backup my herd database?
DairyLive has two unique qualities that you will not find
in any other comprehensive herd management application: ease-of-use
and flexibility. Those things, coupled with DairyLive's great price,
make it the best value in herd management software you can find.
To create a new herd database, go the
File menu and select New Herd. A "wizard" dialog
will prompt you for all the information that DairyLive needs.
You will be asked if you want the herd database to be for
dairy cattle or dairy goats. You'll also be asked for the
name of the herd, and whether you want sample data to added
to the new herd.
Now you can start entering animals and
lactation data into DairyLive. The easiest way to do this is
to import a file from your DHIA lab. (AgSource, AgriTech,
Raleigh DRMS, and PA DHIA are all supported.) If you want to
enroll your animals manually, use the Enroll New Animals
screen (available in the Tools menu).
An event is something that has already
happened to an animal. A reminder is something that is
expected to happen to an animal. Otherwise, they are
essentially the same thing.
Go to the Herd Explorer window and
select one of the event type categories on the left side of
the window (or you can create a new event type category). Now
select Object from the main menu bar and then New Event Type.
The Event Type editing dialog will be shown where you can
provide an event type name, additional information to be
collected, and automatic reminders.
You will need to obtain a DairyLive Anywhere account from Living Software.
Go here to request an account.
From DairyLive on your desktop, select Synchronize with DairyLive Anywhere from the Tools
menu. Enter your DairyLive Anywhere user name and password and click Next. Now click
the Options and Checklists button to set up your preferences, including which check lists
you want to upload to the DairyLive Anywhere server.
Now you're set to go. Continue with the DairyLive Anywhere wizard to upload
your herd data. Once that is done, you can access it through any browser, including
your mobile smart phone. Just go to
here to login.
It can tell you if one of your animals
is "out of whack" in her production figures for her
lactation number and DIM. For example, if one of your first
lactation animals is producing only half as much milk as
other animals in her group for a DIM of around 100 days, this
will be obvious in a scatter graph.
A standard chart is similar to a scatter graph except
that it shows you your herd data in relationship to national or regional
averages. For example, you can view the daily production of your first
lactation cows as compared to average herds in your part of the
country. Your cows appear as dots on the chart, and the averages are
shown as curves. Dots that appear below the curve are below average,
and those that appear above the curve are above average.
From DairyLive you can send your herd data to DairyLive's on-line backup service.
It is very easy to do this. You simply start the
Backup Wizard (from the Tools menu) and select the on-line backup option.
DairyLive first compresses your data so that it occupies less space.
Usually the compressed data is only about 20% to 30% of the original data size,
taking less time to send across the Internet. Then the compressed data is
encrypted using a security key. A security key is a word or phrase
that you choose. No one can decrypt the data without the security
key. It is important that you remember this key in case you ever have to
restore your herd database. Next the data is sent to the DairyLive server where it is
saved and recorded.
If you ever need to restore your herd database, you use the Restore
Wizard. DairyLive contacts the DairyLive server to get a list of backups that you have
made and you choose the one you want to restore. DairyLive retrieves the
encrypted data, decrypts it, and then decompresses it to its original contents.
A check list is a list of animals that
meet a certain set of criteria. Check lists are defined by a
list design. The list design tells DairyLive how to decide
which animals are to be in the list and what animal
properties to show.
An analysis report is based on one or
more check lists and can cover several periods of time,
whereas a simple check list is relative to a single point in
time. You can think of a report as being a summary that is
generated over and over for different dates, for example, for
each month of the last year. Analysis reports can show the
information either as a tabular list or graphically.
A special kind of analysis report is
called a scatter graph. A scatter graph shows a dot for each
animal in a certain list. The "X axis"
indicates one value (such as DIM) and the "Y axis"
indicates another value (such as Last Milk Wt). You can
easily see which animals are near average and which ones are
Yes, you can. Just select Open from
the File menu and open another herd database. The Herd
Explorer window will show the name of the herd database, but
the other view windows will not.
That depends on how often you add or
change data in DairyLive. As you add and delete data, the
herd database file will get "holes" in it.
Compacting the herd database reorganizes the data so that the
holes are filled in and the file takes less disk space.
In the Herd Explorer or in a check list
view, select all the animals you want to enter an event for.
(Hold the control key down on your keyboard as you select the
animals.) Then select Object->Animal->Add Event (from
the check list view, select Animal->Add Event) from the
main menu. Now enter the event information in the dialog and
You can import bitmaps (.BMP), GIF's
(.GIF), and JPEG files (.JPG).
To import pictures, you will need a way
to create these files. You can use a scanner to scan
photographs, or, you can use a digital camera. Save the image
to a file on your hard disk.
Now open up the Animal Details View for
an animal for which you want to enter a photograph. Go to the
Description tab and press the Enter/Change button. In the
dialog that pops up, find the file that contains the image
and press Open. That's all there is to it.
The image files are not physically
imported into the herd database. Only the names of the image
files are stored in the database. This means that if you
delete the original image file, move it, or rename it,
DairyLive will not be able to find it.
Some groups and event types are used by
DairyLive internally and cannot be deleted. For example, the
Breeding event type cannot be deleted because DairyLive uses
it to determine calving dates.
Normally, when you select a group on
the left side of the Explorer, the right side will show only
the things that are in that group. If you select
Group->Show Children Group Members from the main menu, the
Explorer will also show all things that are in the selected
So to see all of your animals, make
sure the Show Children Group Members option is turned on
(there will be check mark next to the menu item). Now select
the top-level Animals group on the left side.
If you raise dairy goats, you can use
DairyLive to manage your herd. If you have a small herd, choose
the Small Farm Edition, which supports up to 50 goats. For larger
farms, use the Professional Edition. When you set up a new herd
database, you will be prompted for whether you have dairy
cattle or dairy goats. If you select dairy goats, the
defaults for things such as gestation time will be set to
what applies for dairy goats. Also, you will see the common
dairy goat breeds and icons instead of the dairy cattle
breeds and icons and you will see event names, check lists
and analysis reports that are customized for dairy goat
herds. Outside of that, the program will behave identically.
You should backup your database
regularly. It is a good idea to make a backup whenever you
are finished using the program for the day. The reason for
this is so that you can recover the data if something
catastrophic should happen to your computer. For example, if
your hard disk crashes, you will probably lose all of your
data and will have to re-install all of your software.
Sometimes an operating system error can corrupt a file, or
you may accidentally delete a file.
DairyLive has two different kinds of
backups: Backup to a CD-R or USB drive and on-line backup.
We recommend that you backup your data to a
removeable USB drive (sometimes called a thumb drive). Or use the
on-line backup feature to backup your data to the Internet.
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