Why do I need a "holding paddock"?
Given that there are very few events in the production cycle which allow an accurate livestock count to take place, it is important to know what to do when livestock numbers change without a purchase, sale, death or natural increase event.
The holding paddock is particularly helpful when animals are noted as missing but are not yet presumed dead (e.g. they may have jumped a fence or wandered onto a neighbour's property) and may be found at a later date. Keeping track of missing livestock is useful for accounting/valuation purposes until the time comes to reconcile numbers (e.g. to write missing livestock off as deaths).
How do I use a "holding paddock"?
When livestock numbers change without a purchase, sale, death or natural increase event, they can be moved into a holding paddock until they are found, or until they are confirmed dead.
The first step is to draw a holding paddock. This is a separate area to the side of your property's map into which livestock can be moved when they are identified as missing.
We suggest to add the area as a 'Yard' and set the total area to 0 ha so that is doesn't contribute to your Station's total area.
To learn how to draw a Yard, view the article in the Help Centre below:
Draft off the relevant number of animals (e.g. the number that are missing) and move them across to the holding paddock.
IMPORTANT! To prevent the creation of a joining record, you will need two separate holding paddocks for males (e.g. bulls) and females (e.g. cows).
Reduce the mob's DSE rating to 0 if you do not wish for these animals to be included in your total DSE load.
To learn how to update DSE rating, view the article in the Help Centre below: