Setting up your mobs to reflect how you manage them on your farm is important for record keeping consistency.
There are four ways to run cattle mobs on AgriWebb.
- Mixed Age Class
- Age Class
- Pregnancy Status (Wet and Dry)
The way you set up your mobs to start with is not set in stone. Changing a mob’s details is simple and can match the timing of key events on-farm such scanning where you may wish to make changes to mob configuration.
1: Mixed Age Mobs
When adding a mixed aged mob, select Cows as the age class from the drop down list. If you want to learn more about adding a mob, check out our Add a mob guide.
Next, select an Ear Tag Colour option. For a mixed age mob select the Mixed tag option.
A mob with a mixed ear tag is identified with an M on the mob icon
If you have existing mobs you would like to merge together into a mixed aged mob, follow the steps outlined in our article Merge Mobs.
2: Age Class Mobs
If you manage your mobs according to ear tag colours and specific age groups, begin by choosing the age class of the mob from the drop down list.
Next, select an Ear Tag Colour that corresponds to the year they were born. In AgriWebb we use the 8 year MLA tagging system as a guide only. If you use a different system on farm, feel free to select any colour you wish. The year won’t have any impact on the mob information.
For cattle, you can choose any colour you wish for your mobs.
As you move mobs around the paddocks you will see mobs of different tag colours identified on the mob icon with a coloured dot indicating different age groups within that paddock.
3: Pregnancy Status (Wet & Dry)
Feed requirements and DSE levels of each of these groups vary, just as your management practices do. As a result, it may be important to you to be able to identify mobs by their pregnancy status.
You’re able to set up your cow mobs to indicate their pregnancy status using the tips below.
Whether a mob is assigned mixed tag or coloured tags, apply a Scanning Record to the whole mob in order to accurately record the results including their scanning percentage.
Following this, you can Draft and Split the mob according to the results.
Once you have moved the mobs into their target paddocks you can edit their details and add a Management Tag according to their pregnancy status.
Type in Wet or Dry into the Management Tag field and click Save.
This Management tag can be used to filter through records and reports to quickly obtain total numbers of each group and where they are on the farm.
Common practice for larger bull mobs is to set them up as one mixed aged mob, with a mixed ear tag for the majority of the year. Once you reach joining time, you can Draft and Split as you put them out with the cows. At this time you can utilise the Management Tag field to include their ear tag number to identify them individually.
If you have a small number of bulls, feel free to set them up as individuals, specifying the number of head as 1 and using their individual tag number as either their Name or Management Tag.
Cattle Mob FAQs
Bred or Purchased?
When adding mobs you will be prompted to select if a mob has been bred or purchased. If the mob has been purchased, ensure that you fill out the relevant details as once the mob has been created, you will not be able to change the mobs origin from bred to purchased.
Purchase records from across all of your mobs can be viewed from the Purchase Records report.
The best way to get your calves into AgriWebb is to use the Marking record found under a maternal mob’s record options. This will create the new mob of calves for you and will link them to their maternal mob. Additionally, this prompts the marking percentage to populate in your Fertility Report.
Your calve mobs can then be managed in the same way as other mobs in AgriWebb.
Merging mobs means combining multiple mobs of the same type into a single mob. Merging is possible when the Age Class, Breed, Tag Colour and Management Tags are the same.
Merging is not automatic because when mobs are merged together, the records of both mobs are also combined. Follow this guide to learn how to Merge Mobs.
More Helpful Links
Learn more about Cattle records from the following articles!