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Viewing animals with possible health issues

Animals in the health report have had a change in behaviour and should be checked for possible health issues.

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Written by Rosemary Stone
Updated over a week ago

Animals appear in the health report when their behaviours have changed. Rumination, feeding, lying, standing, resting and activity behaviours are monitored every hour and every day for individual animals, and the animal against their peers in the same group. Animals in the health report should be checked daily.

Health report insights

The health report provides detailed information on all animals which have had a recent change in their behaviours:

1

Duration

How old the health issue is.

2

Health index

The lower the health index percentage, the greater the change in behaviour. Health index percentages are coloured to indicate:

  • Warning, animal of concern (red)

  • Caution, animal to watch (orange)

  • OK, animal behaviours are improving (green)

3

Health index trend

Based on the animal behaviours:

  • Increasing () indicates the animal's health is improving and returning to a more normal state,

  • Decreasing () indicates the animal's health is declining.

  • Stable (=) indicates no change in the animal's health in the last 6 hours.

4

Behaviours

Shows the individual behaviours being monitored and whether they are of concern. See at a glance whether a particular behaviour is currently:

  • abnormal (pink) OR

  • recovered (green) OR

  • has never changed/was never a concern (grey).

Utilising health insights

There are some practical ways of utilising these health insights:

Viewing details about an individual animal

Click on an animal record to view details about an individual animal. For example, you could open an animal record and click on a health event to see more details:

Using a health action list

In the web app, create and save a rule to select a subset of animals from the health report for follow-up actions. A health action list must be created in the Datamars Livestock web app, not the mobile app.

To create a health action list rule:

  1. Click on Health.

  2. Under Health action list, click + Add new rule.

  3. Apply criteria.
    For example, you could create a rule to view animals of most concern, with a Health Index below 70% and a Health Index Trend either Stable (=) or Decreasing (Declining) ():

Caution! It is important to understand that by using an action list, you are excluding some animals which have presented with health issues. When you first set up and use a Health Action list, we recommend checking the All Health list regularly to make sure you are not missing animals which have genuine health issues but do not match the rules you have set up in your Health Action list. You may need to edit the rules to get the right balance between under-reporting and over-reporting.

You can then use the health action list as the basis to draft and check animals (see below).

Drafting animals

Draft animals and check them using your normal methods e.g. visually check the animal, strip and test before milking, check feeding, check milk yield, check temperature. Details can be recorded against the animal record.

Viewing animals with possible health issues

To view a list of animals with possible health issues using the mobile app:

  1. On the Dashboard, tap Health.

  2. In the Action List, view animals to follow up on if you have set up a health action list. Tap on Rules and filter by the rule you want to view.

  3. Tap on the All Health List to view a list of all animals with possible health issues in the last 24 hours OR

    Tap on an animal record to view more detail. Animals can be drafted out and checked using normal methods.

To view a list of animals with possible health issues using the web app:

  1. From the Home screen, click on Health (last 24 hours).

  2. In the All Health List, view all animals with health issues in the last 24 hours.

  3. Click on a rule under the Health Action List if you have set up a health action list OR
    Click on an animal record to view more detail. Animals can be drafted out and checked using normal methods.

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Having trouble?

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