Move Animals Action

Watch this video to get a brief overview of the Move Animals action. The text below goes into more detail. Please note that additional functionality has been added to this action since the video was made.

This action is used to move animals to a new location and can be done with any number of animals at the same time. It can also automatically create exposure records.

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 select the animals that are being moved. Then you can start this action. It will only be available if at least one animal is selected.

When moving cow/calf pairs, make sure both the cow and calf are selected before making the move.

On mobile devices, the Move Animals action is found under the Actions tool bar item.

Action Fields

All of this action's fields 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.

  • Move.
    • To Location. Required.
    • Move Date. Required. There is no problem using a date in the past to enter historical movements. Herdly will not consider this the current location for the animal unless it is actually the movement with the most recent date.
    • Move Time.
    • Update exposure information. Determines whether exposure events will be updated as a result of this move. The number of cows that will potentially be affected in this way by this move are expressed as well. This includes cows left in the field bulls are being moved from. Note that exposures can only be updated as the result of a move if it is a current move. If you are entering a move from some previous date, no exposures will be updated. See below for more information on what happens if this field left switched on.
    • Note.

When you have finished filling in the fields in this action, use the Save button to save your information. Movement records will be created for each selected animal and the current location information for each will be updated.

If you made a mistake when using this action, you can correct it on a computer by showing the Move History child list and then using the Edit Move action or by deleting the movement. On a mobile device, you can edit or delete it by using the edit button next to the movement in the Animal History action.

If you are set up (in the Ranch Settings window) so that Herdly automatically creates CCIA events, Herdly will attempt to create a move in event for the animal. It will only be successful if you have entered your CCIA account information in the Ranch Settings window, the location has a premise ID associated with it, and the animal has an RFID tag.

Updating Exposures

When updating exposures, Herdly looks at any cows or bulls that are being moved. In this context, an animal is considered a cow only if its status is Current, its gender is Female, it is currently in the breeding pool (based on the Breeding Pool Enter and Exit dates), and its breeding stage is Open or Exposed. An animal is only considered a bull if its status is Current, its gender is Male, it is currently in the breeding pool (based on Breeding Pool Enter and Exit dates), and its breeding stage is Active. All other animals involved in the move will be ignored.

Herdly handles the following five situations, creating or closing exposure records as needed:

  1. Cows being moved may have existing exposure records with bulls in their current location that need to be closed.
  2. Bulls being moved may have existing exposure records with cows in their current location that need to be closed.
  3. Cows and bulls being moved together into the new location may be continuing an existing exposure, if it exists, or a new one may need to be created.
  4. If bulls are being moved into the new location, exposure records will be created for any cows that are already in the new location.
  5. If cows are being moved into the new location, exposure records will be created for any bulls that are already in the new location.

If an exposure record ends up being created for a cow, Herdly ensures the cow's breeding stage is set to Exposed as part of this action.