Angus Staff Highlight Online Herd Information Tools
By Kindra Gordon
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 5, 2016) — American Angus Association staff provided a series of brief presentations at the Association’s booth in the trade show during the 2016 Angus Convention. Three of the presentations focused on the available online tools to assist with herd and pedigree data. This includes AAA Login, Angus Information Management Software (AIMS) and Angus Mobile.
AAA Login is accessible by active regular, life and junior members once they create a password-protected profile. These individuals can then log in to their account to view registered herd inventory, AI certificate inventory, expected progeny differences (EPDs), cow production records and additional information. Through this site, users can also submit registrations and performance data, as well as set up and sort data sets on specific groups of animals, create printable data sheets on animal sets, use the potential carrier management tool to determine which animals in your herd may need tests for genetic conditions, and order genomic tests or DNA cards and review test results.
AAA Login is free and available 24 hours a day. Data is updated daily. If the Association receives registration data online from a member on Monday and the registration information has no errors, the newly registered animals can be viewed on the website on Tuesday after 8 a.m.
Instructions and screen shots with examples of some of the American Angus Association Login data options can be reviewed at www.angusonline.org/instruct.aspx. Or, within AAA Login, clicking the “Menu” link at the top of the page takes users back to a page listing all of the available options. Email assistance is also available at email@example.com.
Angus Information Management Software (AIMS) offers additional online recordkeeping capabilities through a Windows-based software package. The software offers spreadsheet style screens to improve the speed of entering large amounts of data. Additionally, more than 50 standard reports can be generated from the data that is entered. Some of the features include:
- simplified reporting of performance data, registrations or transfer animals if you store certificates electronically at the Association;
- extensive data validation to ensure accurate records before submitting to the Association;
- ability to display and print projected EPDs based on breeding or calving data;
- ability to calculate ratios, rankings and adjusted weights;
- automatically determine most likely sire and calving date along with an area to keep preg-check information;
- tracking animal purchase and sale information along with complete customer information;
- recording carcass and ultrasound data;
- recording ET information; and
- a Customer Manager feature within the software allows for tracking customer information, including showing which customers purchased which animals, as well as creating mailing labels and a contact sheet to quickly access phone numbers and addresses.
View the AIMS PowerPoint presentation. For more information about AIMs visit https://www.angus.org/aims/index.aspx. An updated version of the program will be made available in 2017.
Angus Mobile is the Association’s free app, which can be accessed by AAA members and non-members. Among the most popular features on Angus Mobile are the abilities to view the calendar of events, sale books and sale reports. The “animal search” function is also widely used. It will bring up the pedigree and EPDs for an individual animal and then allows for clicking and looking at the pedigrees of sires and dams of previous generations related to that animal.
Additionally, for AAA members AAA Login can be accessed with their password. This allows for viewing herd registration information, performance data, DNA testing results and more from a remote location. Another example of how remote access might be used would be to submit calving data via the app.
Presently, the Angus Mobile app has about 38,000 downloads since being launched in January 2012. New features continue to be added. To download the app or for more information, visit www.angus.org/mobile/mobileapps.aspx.
Lou Ann Adams, director of Information Systems for the American Angus Association, notes that the Association is continuously working to enhance their online software packages and the mobile app. She stresses that many of the improvements are based on breeder input, and encourages breeders with suggestions to contact the Association’s Customer Service Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about AAA Login, AIMS and Angus Mobile is available online at www.angus.org.
These presentations were part of a series of half-hour workshops hosted Nov. 5-6 in the Angus booth within the trade show at the 2016 Angus Convention. For additional coverage of the Angus Convention, tune in to The Angus Report on RFD-TV the week of Nov. 21 and watch for coverage in the Angus Journal and the Angus Beef Bulletin. Summaries, speaker presentations, photos, videos and more can be found online at www.angus.media.