Bulk Edit Animals Action

Many actions in Herdly can be used with multiple animals selected, but there are some things that can only be later changed one animal at a time using the Edit Animal action. The Bulk Edit Animals action overcomes that limitation by making is possible to change this kind of information for multiple animals at the same time. It is a two step process where you first choose the field you want to bulk edit and then enter data into that field and save it.

Starting the Action

This action can be used on both computers and mobile devices. To learn how to start an action, please see Actions.

First, find and select the animals in the animal list. Then you can start this action. If will only be available if at least one animal is selected.

On mobile devices, the Bulk Edit Animals action is found under the Actions tool bar item. In both cases the first thing you will need to do is choose the field you want to edit from the provided list. If you want to edit more than one field, use the action multiple times.

Once you have chosen a field, it will appear. Enter the data that you wanted then click the Save button. Herdly will change that field for every selected animal. Note that this cannot be undone!

If you leave a field empty, when you save the action Herdly will set that field to be blank for the selected animals. This is helpful when, for example, you need to clear out a field that was accidentally used for a bunch of animals.

While Herdly will do a few basic checks to make sure you're not accidentally doing something that really doesn't make sense, it doesn't check everything. If Herdly checked everything it wouldn't be possible to make changes to two or three fields to correct some mistakes. So be careful with this powerful feature as it is possible to misuse it! Also keep in mind that certain fields, when bulk edited, can cause other fields to change as well. These are documented below.


Action Fields

The possible fields in this action are listed below. If any are required to have a value, that is noted. If there is any special information about the field that you need to know for this action, it is also noted. More general information about all of the fields can be found in the Field Descriptions topic.

  • Identification. (Only the fields that you have turned on in the Ranch Settings window will show up in this section.)
    • Tag Color.
    • Brand.
    • Brand Location.
    • Freeze Brand.
    • Freeze Brand Location.
    • Tattoo.
    • Tattoo Location.
    • Alternate Tattoo.
    • Alternate Tattoo Location.
    • Private Herd Number.
    • Private Herd Number Location.
    • OCV Tattoo.
    • OCV Tag.
  • Status. It is better to use the standard actions which automatically update status, gender, etc. as much as possible. Only use this to fix mistakes.
    • Status.
    • Gender. If you change the gender, Herdly may need to update the classification and breeding stage for each animal to be compatible with the new gender.
    • Classification. If you change the classification, Herdly may need to update the gender for each animal to be compatible with the new classification.
    • Purpose.
    • Breeding Stage.
    • Dehorn Date.
    • Castrate Date.
    • Branding Date.
  • Attributes.
    • Color.
    • Breed.
    • Horn Status.
  • Arrival. It is better to use the New Animal action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Arrival Date.
    • Arrival Weight.
    • Arrival Type. Required.
    • Raised At.
    • Purchased From.
    • Purchase Price (per Head).
    • Arrival Note.
  • Birth. It is better to use the New Calf action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Birth Date.
    • Date Type.
    • Birth Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Birth Type. Required. If this is changed, some removal and death information may automatically be updated, but only if those values haven't ever been manually entered. The animal status will also update if it needs to be Dead. Be careful, though, and make sure other fields in this action are still correct after changing this field.
    • Calving Ease Score.
    • Calving Assist Reason.
    • Vigor Score.
    • Birth Location.
    • Calving Year.
    • Calving Season.
    • Calving Note.
  • Weaning. It is better to use the New Weaning action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Wean Date.
    • Wean Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Creep Fed Days.
    • Wean Note.
  • Yearling. It is better to use the New Yearling action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Weigh Date.
    • Yearling Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Yearling Note.
  • Breeding Pool. It is better to use the Add To Breeding Pool or Remove From Breeding Pool action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Entry Date.
    • Entry Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Exit Date.
    • Exit Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Exit Reason.
  • Removal From Herd. It is better to use the Remove From Herd action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Removal Date.
    • Removal Weight.
    • Weight Type.
    • Removal Reason.
    • Sold To.
    • Sale Price (per Head).
    • Removal Note.
  • Death. It is better to use the Record Death action unless you are fixing a mistake.
    • Death Date.
    • Death Cause.
    • Found By.
    • Location.
    • Death Note.
  • Ownership. Ownership is only available for Herdly on a Mac or Windows computer.