Performance Livestock Analytics is excited to release an update to the Performance Beef software. This update will allow you the ability to build rations in dry matter percentages and maintain targets by dry matter.
To enable these functions in your Performance Beef you will need to change a few settings in your account settings. To access your account settings click the three horizontal bars in the upper right-hand corner and scroll down to “Overview Settings”. There are new settings added to this section; “Target Delivery” and “Maintain Target”. Underneath the overview settings is also a new section, "Ration Settings" with "Ration Page Display" and "Maintain Ration Percentage".
This setting will toggle between “As Fed Only (default)” and “DMI/Day and As Fed”. When the “As Fed Only (default)” is selected it will be the view you are used to seeing in your Performance Beef account. The “As Fed Only (default)” currently allows you to set your as fed deliveries or your total target feed amounts for each pen, and each feeding.
The new setting, “DMI/Day and As Fed”, allows you to set target feed amounts based on your daily dry matter intakes. This setting will generate a white box to appear on the right-hand side of the screen where these values can be set. The system will allocate the as fed weights based off of the current deliveries percentages.
Next, under the “Overview Settings” you will see a “Maintain Target” setting which will toggle between “Maintain As Fed (default)” and “Maintain DMI”. The way the system works currently is as the settings “Maintain As Fed (default)”, meaning when you switch rations from the overview or delivery pages the targets for those as fed delivery weights would remain the same.
Once the setting is switched from “Maintain As Fed (default)” to “Maintain DMI” the system will maintain that designated dry matter intake and adjust as fed weights to fit that target. This works if you change rations from the overview or delivery page it will maintain the set dry matter for that pen. This dry matter will also be maintained during any head movements to or from the pens.
“Ration Page Display”
Under this setting you will see “As Fed Percentage (default)”, “Dry Matter Percentage”, and “As Fed and Dry Matter”.
The way your Performance Beef account is currently set up, rations are viewed with the as fed percentage. These setting options give you the ability to choose whether you view just the as fed percentages, just the dry matter percentages or both; as fed and dry matter percentages.
“Maintain Ration %”
Previously this setting worked when feed ingredients dry matter were updated, the ration would update their percentage based on the as fed percentage. Now, since rations have the ability to be built in dry matter percentages, you have the option to select which value remain the same when you updated a feed ingredient dry matter percentage; as fed or dry matter percentage.
If you have any questions about this new update or would like assistance getting them switched over in your Performance Beef account give the support line a call at 515-337-2187.
Performance Livestock Analytics has made an update to the Performance Beef program. Previously, the ability to print from the sheets page was available, but with some limitation on transferring into an Excel file. The "print" function has now been replaced with "Export" allowing you to pull these files. Now, you have the ability to export files from the sheets page.
To export these file, simply go to the sheets tab and pull up the information, either per pen or per group.
Remember, information regarding the cattle themselves like; added head, deaths, sold movements and costs will be associated per group. While the feed associated with the cattle is based per pen.
Then select the “Export” function in the upper right-hand corner. This will begin the download to your computer. From here, the file will open with your default application on your computer.
If you have any questions regarding the new export function, please call the Performance Beef support line at (515)-337-2187.
Cattle Krush was developed by Performance Livestock Analytics in 2015. Within the application there are several different tools. First, the “Auction” tool will help to eliminate the bias involved in buying cattle whether you are in the auction house or bidding online. The “Auction” tool allows you to receive real-time profits per head on the cattle that you are bidding on, based on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Cattle Krush allows you to track the profitability on your current lots of cattle. “My Lots” works by projecting when your current cattle on feed will hit their target finish weight and pulls that month’s Live Future Price to calculate your profit per head. Another great feature of “My Lots” is that you can set your profit goal for your current cattle on feed and receive a text or email notification when that goal is reached.
Eliminate the need to have multiple tabs to view the different ag markets, with the “Markets” tab you will be able to view a list of the feed cattle, live cattle, and the corn prices from the Chicago Board of Trade all on one screen.
Eliminate any questions on the profits of your current and future groups of cattle with the “Krush” function. Simply enter the start and finish weight, rate of gain, today’s cost of gain, and the live or feeder basis and it will give you krush calculations for multiple months.
If you like to have historical data to assist in your buying decision, then the “History” tab will help you analyze the high and low profits of any group type over the past 30 years. See when profits historically spiked or fell to maximize confidence when buying cattle in the future.
The goal of Cattle Krush is to make our producers jobs just a little easier by eliminating some of the guessing and stress that comes along with buying cattle. If you have any questions on Cattle Krush, or would like to get started with a free trial visit www.cattlekrush.com or reach out to our support line at (515)-337-2187.
Former Trimble, Google & Academic Leadership Bring Extensive Engineering, Business Development, and Strategy Expertise to Promote Rapid International Growth
AMES, Iowa– June 11, 2018 – Performance Livestock Analytics, Inc., the global leader in livestock management software, today announced the appointments of three experienced executives, Tom Blair, Leif Pedersen and Dr. Paul Gray, to the Performance Livestock Analytics (PLA) team.
Tom Blair, PLA’s new Chief Strategy Officer will lead the capital funding, business development and global expansion effort for the company. Mr. Blair brings 30 years of successful international software management expertise to the team from his experiences with ClearAg, Trimble, and Sybase. Leif Pedersen joins the team as Vice President of Engineering, bringing more than 15 years management experience from Aatrix, Iteris and Google. Dr. Paul Gray, PLA’s new Vice President of Data Science, Along with a PHD in Applied Mathematics, Paul brings more than 20 years of experience as a Professor in computer science and management at University of Northern Iowa.
“Performance Livestock Analytics is experiencing rapid international growth and we are excited to bring together a team with such deep experience.” said Dane Kuper, PLA’s CEO. “The addition of our three newest business and technical executives to the team will position us for expansion into international markets.”
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