Video Series: Group Tracking Quick Start Guide
Last updated April 19, 2018
With EveryPig you can track the health and well-being of all groups under your care. For the system to work correctly, you need to manage groups in EveryPig. The following is an overview of how to do this.
1. Managing Sources
To take full advantage of EveryPig group tracking, we recommend entering source information into your account before setting up your first group. Sources give you the ability to track the health of pigs at the source level, from start to closeout.
Typically customers track the sow unit performance using sources. It's also possible to track any source. For example, if you buy nursery pigs, you can enter the source nursery into the Sources table. It's up to you what you'd like the categorize as a "source."
Watch the video below for step-by-step how-to instructions for Managing Sources.
2. Creating Groups
For EveryPig to work correctly for your system, we require you to manage groups as an Admin user. As an Admin you are required to create and maintain groups in EveryPig. Below is a description of how to create groups.
- To create a new group go to the group admin panel
- Then click create group
- Information required to set up a new group is as follows:
- Creation Date
- Enter the owner of the group (often this is your company)
- Enter the farm the group is to be placed at
- Optional information includes:
- Custom Group ID
- Set estimated delivery date range
Watch the video below for step-by-step how-to instructions for creating groups.
3. Creating Blended/Commingled Sources With Groups
As part of the group setup process, you can create blended/commingled sources and link them to a group. For more information about sources, please review the managing sources tutorial.
You can blend or commingle as many external or internal sources as necessary. Creating a blend of sources while creating a group is easy, just click the "+ add source" link and add all the sources you wish. When you're done blending sources, EveryPig will automatically compare your blend to existing commingled sources in the database. If there's a match, we will alert you. This convenient feature will prevent you from creating duplicate sources and provide you with better data.
Watch the video below for step-by-step how-to instructions for creating blended/commingled groups as part of the group creation process.
When creating a blended/Commingled group, it is possible to link a group to an internal transfer. To do this, follow these steps:
- Select "Internal Transfer"
- Select the farm where the pigs will be transferred from
- When available, you can then select the group from the internal farm that the pigs will come from
- If you've selected an existing group, you will see that source's origin. This will help you to track the flow of this new group
When you create a blended/Commingled source, EveryPig will automatically compare your blend to existing commingled sources in the database. If there's a no match, we will ask you to name this new source. When you create this unique source blend, EveryPig will save it to the Sources table. There you can track outcomes for this source and use it for other groups in the future.
4. Managing Groups
As an Admin you are required to maintain groups in EveryPig. Each group has its profile; here you will find four tabs that give historical information about the group and allow you to manage the group during its lifetime. Below is a description of the group profile.
- The "Groupfeed" is a historical news feed of all the events surrounding a group
- Under the Shipments tab you will find a table with all the confirmed shipments from the field.
- The Transfers/Sales tab allows you to review and manage transfers and sales
- The Group Information tab enables you to manage necessary information about a group
5. Caregiver Responsibilities
When a group is scheduled, the caregiver assigned to the farm will receive a notification via email. When pigs from this new group arrive at the farm, caregivers start the group by adding shipment information. Shipment information is stored in the group profile.
Watch the video below for step-by-step how-to instructions for starting groups.
6. Managing Pig Placement Locations
Multiple groups can exist on a single farm, and a farm can have multiple pig placement locations. A pig placement location can include barns, fields, Lean-to sheds, or another physical place on a farm.
Managing pig placement location on new farms.
When you create a new farm in EveryPig, you have the option to add multiple barns or pig placement locations. To do this, select the checkbox indicating that this farm has multiple barns or pig placement locations, and enter the names of these places on the farm.
Managing pig placement location on existing farms.
You can create pig placement locations for farms already existing in your EveryPig account by going to the admin panel, finding the farm in the "farms" table and then updating "pig placement locations" found under the "Farm Information" tab on the farm's profile.
To take full advantage of EveryPig group tracking, we recommend entering destination information into your account. Destinations can be used to track groups from farm to final destination.
To enter this information go to the group screen and select the Destination tab and click "Create Destination."