Herd Management Software

Software Comparison

TypeNo. of cows/record limitationE-meter Interface Available?Must use DHIA?Rent/Purchase or Either?Northeast Popularity

1=Best
5=Worst
Handheld PC/Android compatible?Adapts to changing management needs
DC 305UnlimitedYesNoEither1Yes: Pocket CCExcellent
DC LSUp To 400YesNoSubscription1Yes: Pocket CCExcellent
ScoutUp to 300NoNoSubscription3NoFair to Good
PCDARTUnlimitedYesYesSubscription3Yes: Pocket DairyFair to Good

Minimum Computer Requirements

TypeOperating System¹RAM (GB)ProcessorFree Space on Hard Drive (GB)Serial PortCD-ROMPrinterInternet Access
DC 305 / DC LSWindows 74Intel i3 or equivalent 5YHY
ParlorWatch²Windows 72Intel i3 or equivalent 2YNHY
ScoutWindows 72Intel i3 or equivalent 5NYHH
PCDARTWindows 74Intel i3 or equivalent 5NYYY
FeedWatchWindows 78Intel i5 or equivalent 20YNNH
DCCONWindows 74Intel i3 or equivalent 5NYNY
1. This describes the minimum requirement, meaning Windows 7 or greater
2. Can be installed simultaneously on the above computer
3. N = Not required, Y = Required for program functionality, H = Highly recommended

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Dairy Comp 305 – The most powerful herd management software available

Dairy Comp 305 is used for tracking and monitoring data on well over one million cows across the United States and is most popular on larger dairies. There is no other software available with Dairy Comp 305’s advanced capabilities, fast and flexible data entry, and dedicated support structure.

The ability to be customized and adapt to a variety of large herd management needs is what makes Dairy Comp 305 the most popular on-farm software available in the U.S. today.

Dairy Comp 305 can be operated along with any DHIA testing program, integrated with on-farm milk meters, or used as stand-alone herd management software.

  • Advanced tracking and analysis capabilities:
    Production, Reproduction, Treatments, Synchronization Programs
  • Customized work lists and summaries
  • Quick, easy data entry
  • Integrated with all major cow identification and milk metering systems.

Dairy Comp 305 Companion Products

DCShadow- a “read only” version of Dairy Comp to allow quick lookups from any other computer.
DCClient- networked Dairy Comp for data entry at multiple sites around the farm.
Pocket Cowcard- a handheld or Android version of Dairy Comp to access cow data and lists without using a PC

Dairy Comp LS

An intermediate step between Dairy Comp 305 and Scout is “Dairy Comp LS”. This “limited size” version allows a maximum of 400 adult records and 480 young stock records. All Dairy Comp options from daily milk meters to pocket cowcard software can be used with this version. Please call the Agricultural Management Resources group to find out if Dairy Comp LS is right for you.

Getting Started

The first step is to tell us a little about your dairy business. We want to know who you are, what kind of hardware you are using and what herd management work lists and management parameters are important to you.

Please select the appropriate questionnaire below, either Dairy Comp 305, or DCLS , complete and return to us with the setup fee. Once we receive your information, we will contact you to explain the next steps.

View/print Dairy Comp 305 Questionnaire

View/print DCLS Questionnaire

Daily milk interface options are available to most major electronic meter companies.

The data captured and sent through to Dairy Comp varies with the type of meter.  Please contact the AMR group to discuss installation and pricing details.

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Pocket Cowcard – Dairy Comp for your Android or handheld PC

Pocket Cowcard is the software developed by Valley Agricultural Software (VAS) to work with Dairy Comp 305 and Dairy Analyzer.

Dairy Comp 305 can send cowcard data and lists to your pocket PC so you can view cow information anywhere, anytime. Take your pocket PC and pocket cowcard software to the next level by recording health events and vet check results to be synchronized back to Dairy Comp 305.

For those who are interested in using RFID tags for their cattle, the pocket cowcard works with a scanner and RFID technology to get cow id, and vet check results into a handheld device for later synchronization back to Dairy Comp.

The Pocket Cowcard program lets you synchronize cow information in the form of cowcards or lists over to a handheld device. Data can then be entered into pocket cowcard and synched back to Dairy Comp.

In the example to the right, tapping on the cow ID# brings up the cow. Tapping “Post” will queue the event to be sent over to Dairy Comp the next time you synchronize your device.

PCC Requirements

  • Dairy Comp 305 with current update subscription
  • Android or Windows Mobile device
  • High Speed Internet Access (DSL, Cable, Satellite)
  • Wireless router
  • Windows Vista or newer operating system on the Dairy Comp PC

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PCC Subscription Options

Read Only
Synchronize data from Dairy Comp to your pocket PC. Look at cowcard information and lists.

Read/Write
Synchronize data from Dairy Comp to your pocket PC. Look at cowcard information and lists, plus enter health events and herd check results.

Scanner RFID capability
Includes read/write capability plus the ability to scan electronic identification tags using a wand RFID scanner.

* Currently “Read Only” and Read/Write licenses are available with the Android operating system.


Pricing and additional information

Dairies located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, contact the Dairy One, AMR group at 1.800.344.2697 ext. 1 or e-mail: support@dairyone.com. Dairies located outside these areas, please contact Valley Ag. Software at www.vas.com.

Scout – Herd Management for Traditional Dairies

Scout is designed specifically for dairies under 200 milking animals. It is a menu driven, user friendly way to keep all of your herd management records in one place and easily accessible.

Quick, easy data entry is where it starts. A few minutes a day is all it will take to generate the work lists you need. Examples of some of these lists are: Cows to Breed, Cows to Dry Off, Cows to Check for Pregnancy and Cows to give prostaglandin shots.

In addition to management work lists, summaries and graphs can be generated to quickly identify key monitoring parameters in reproduction, production, and disease incidence.

Dairies make decisions on their herd every day. Scout makes it quicker and easier to make the right ones.

Scout can be operated along with any DHIA testing program or used as stand-alone herd management software.

  • Comprehensive tracking and analysis capabilities:
    Production, Reproduction, Treatments, Synchronization Programs
  • Traditional work lists and summaries
  • Quick, easy data entry
  • Affordable

Upgrading to Dairy Comp 305

Scout users can upgrade easily to Dairy Comp 305 or Dairy Comp LS without losing or re-keying any data.

Getting Started

The first step is to tell us a little about your dairy business. We want to know who you are, what kind of hardware you are using, and what herd management work lists and management parameters are important to you.

Please complete the Scout questionnaire and return it to us. – View/Print Scout Questionnaire

At that time, we may contact you to clarify any information on the questionnaire, or we may just contact you to tell you that the process is moving along.

Pricing and Additional Information

Dairies located in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions of the United States, contact the Dairy One, AMR group at 1.800.344.2697 ext. 1 or e-mail: support@dairyone.com .

Dairies located outside these areas, please contact Valley Ag. Software at www.vas.com.

PCDART

PCDART is a dairy herd management software developed through DRMS Raleigh. It integrates quite well with the DRMS Records Processing system and is most suitable for medium sized dairies with a strong orientation toward registered cattle.

Like other herd management software programs, PCDART allows the user to enter data and retrieve work lists. There is also some flexibility in creating individual work lists as well as a number of reports to allow an overall assessment of the herd.

Other versions of PCDART are available for consultants and for those dairies who would prefer a stand alone program. Details of the program can be found at www.drms.org. If you would like a demo copy of the program, contact us at support@dairyone.com.

The pocket PC program for PCDART is called Pocket Dairy and allows information to be synchronized from PCDART to the pocket PC and back again. More information on this product can also be found at www.drms.org.

Getting Started

The first step in beginning PCDART is to tell us a little about your dairy business. We want to know who you are, what kind of hardware you are using, and what herd management work lists and management parameters are important to you. Please complete the PCDART questionnaire and return it to us.

Other PCDART features include:

  • A selection of over 600 database items for each cow
  • Current lactation information on every cow
  • Interface to most major milk and activity systems
  • Comprehensive inventories, projections, and summaries
  • Experienced support staff

View/print PCDART Questionnaire

DCCON Analyzer – The Consultant Version of Dairy Comp 305

With DCCON Analyzer, the consultant can view the entire “cowfile” of any herd using Dairy One records services. The cowfile contains adults, heifers, current lactation and previous lactation information on production, components, reproduction and health information. Cowfiles can be downloaded from the LOOP or provided directly from the dairy using on-farm Dairy Comp 305 or Scout.

DCCON Analyzer

  • Provides powerful analysis capabilities
  • Is designed specifically for Consultants who work with multiple herds
  • Is fully compatible with Dairy Comp 305, Scout, and Dairy One Records Services
  • Allows complete access to Dairy One DHIA herd information

Fully compatible with Dairy Comp 305 and Scout Software.
Dairy producers using Dairy Comp 305 or Scout provide a back up of the herd data. The consultant just “absorbs” the data into the DCCON Analyzer and they have all the information for that herd.

Menus or Commands

With both pull down menus and command line capability, DCCON Analyzer offers the flexibility to provide information from the most basic lists to the most advanced analysis functions.

Installation

On-site installation is available for all users.  Please call for a quote.
Mail out installation – shipping charge only.

Pricing and Additional Information

Consultants located in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions of the United States, contact the Dairy One, AMR group at 1.800.344.2697 ext. 1 or e-mail: support@dairyone.com. Consultants located outside these areas, please contact Valley Ag. Software at www.vas.com.

Feed Watch – a feeding system that combines software with advanced technology

A touchscreen scale indicator is mounted on a feed truck or wagon and uses proven radio frequency (RF) technology for live communication between the mixer and office. User friendly software monitors feed use, sales, purchasing, animal intakes and cost. The package combines feed management, inventories, and feed labor for better control of your overall feeding system. Other features include the ability to customize and graph reports, provide user security levels and forecast and track feed inventories.

Software for Optimum Feeding Information

  • Develop and monitor multiple rations
  • Forecast and track inventories
  • English/Spanish language capability
  • Customized reports

Advanced Technology

  • Military-grade, wireless radio communication
  • Super-bright LED exterior display
  • Simple-to-use, one-button scale indicator allows all feed adjustments at the scale

Developed and Supported by Industry Leaders

  • Valley Ag. Software (VAS): developers of Dairy Comp 305
  • Dairy One: superior customer service and support

Feed Watch Hardware

The Feed Watch touchscreen indicator provides a clear, easy to use screen to allow the feeding staff the ultimate in control and usability while preparing and delivering feed.  The Feed Watch system gives feeders and managers the ability to handle all types of feeding scenarios, from the most basic to the most complicated.

The “high bright”, 12 character LED Feed Watch display is unique within the industry. The size and brightness make ingredients easy to see from great distances, even in direct sunlight. This allows Feed Watch to give English or Spanish instructions to the feeder using names of ingredients and even the location.

The radio frequency (RF) modems provide a reliable wireless connection between the mixer(s) and the office computer. The Feed Watch software runs in the background and automatically coordinates this data transfer in real time.

Pricing and additional information

Dairies located in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions of the United States, contact the Dairy One, AMR group at 1.800.344.2697 ext. 1 or e-mail: support@dairyone.com. Dairies located outside these areas, please contact Valley Ag. Software at www.vas.com.

Parlor Watch – easy monitoring of production by pen

131113_Mitchw_0061_450Parlor Watch runs on your PC along with Dairy Comp 305. A flow meter is installed in the milk line between the receiver and pre-cooler. A temperature probe is connected to the out-flow of the pre-cooler. Parlor Watch reads the meter and the temperature probe as well as Dairy Comp 305 to create a reliable Milking Parlor Monitoring System.

Watch the dairy herd’s production, by pen, every milking

  • Pounds of milk per cow and per pen for each milking
  • Variation from the rolling average for each pen of animals, each milking

Watch the milking performance, by pen, every milking

  • Start and stop time
  • Cows per hour
  • Pounds of milk per hour
  • Time interval (gap) between the end of one pen and the beginning of the next

Watch the milking system, every milking, every wash

  • Maximum temperature on pre-cooler outflow is recorded for every pen, every milking
  • Minimum and Maximum temperatures are recorded for every wash cycle, every wash
  • Duration of the wash and volume of water circulated is recorded for every wash cycle
  • Faulty receiver flapper valves are identified when they begin to fail

Easy to Use Design

Milkers press a single button between each pen milked.  The pen counts are automatically updated from Dairy Comp 305 and a summary report is printed at the end of each milking.

Pricing and Additional Information

Dairies located in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions of the United States, contact the Dairy One, AMR group at 1.800.344.2697 ext. 1 or e-mail: support@dairyone.com. Dairies located outside these areas, please contact Valley Ag. Software at www.vas.com.

Tank Watch – monitor your bulk tank and receive automatic alerts

Tank Watch is a secure web site that interacts with producer payment and quality laboratories. It allows the dairy and their consultants to receive bulk tank test alerts and view bulk tank test history.

Immediate Notification

Tank Watch notifies dairy producers when custom-set quality or component limits are exceeded. It immediately notifies the dairy as well as their designated consultants via cell phone text, e-mail, pager or fax.

Historical Data

Bulk tank test history, available in several formats can be used to evaluate and track management changes. Data can be viewed as tables, or graphs or it can be imported into excel spreadsheets.

Tank Watch is available to members of Dairylea, Dairylea affiliated cooperatives, and DFA members whose tank analysis is performed at a Dairy One laboratory. This service can be extended to other producers whose handlers are willing to participate.

Access

To begin using Tank Watch, a dairy producer needs their producer number and a PIN. Dairies can request a Tank Watch PIN number and begin using Tank Watch by doing one of the following:

  1. Go to www.tankwatch.biz and select Register
  2. Send an e-mail request to support@dairyone.com or call 800-344-2697, ext 1

Pricing

Tank Watch is a subscription price of $9.95 per month. This charge can be billed directly through milk check deduction, or automatically charged to your Dairy One account.

You can view Tank Watch and try a demonstration dairy by going to www.tankwatch.biz.

Pricing applies only to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Please contact your local Valley Ag Software vendor for pricing in other areas.