Here's your chance to organize cattle records in one location. No more searching drawers, tables, glove compartments and pick-up seats to find last year's breeding records. You can quickly find and print performance and pedigree information on any animal in your herd to show a prospective buyer.
Customer ManagementThe Customer Manager portion of AIMS includes over 35 fields to record complete address and phone numbers, spouse and children names, email and web site, herd size and member code, directions to their ranch, plus a lot more. It even has six user-defined fields to keep track of things like buyer type, a priority code or whether they should get a newsletter and catalog. Reports are available to show which customers purchased which animals as well as mailing labels and a "contact sheet" for quick access to phone and address information. Recent enhancements also allow the ability to view customer data “full-screen” (more data per screen) as well as the addition of advanced sorting capabilities. All of this ties to animal records which becomes a part of the customer’s overall history.
Ranch TestedHundreds of Angus breeders are already using the AIMS originally an upgrade to the Angus Herd Management System (AHMS) which had been in use since 1994. Dozens of user ideas went into AIMS which helps make it one of the most useful software packages you will own.
A survey of AIMS owners revealed the following reasons why they use the software:
One Angus breeder even exclaimed, "Now if it would just build fence!" Ok, so AIMS can't do everything, but when it comes to organizing the data for your Angus herd, it's hard to beat AIMS – Angus Information Management Software.
Pens hold the animals so that you can work with them as a group. All animals in the pen are listed in this area. Click on a row to change the rest of the screen to that animal.
Animals can be sorted by over a dozen fields (such as tattoo, tag, birth date and sale lot number) or manually put into the pen by in whatever order the user determines.
User fields provide advanced flexibility — the label of each field can be changed and the data portion provides drop-down, user-defined selection data.
Menu commands and icons provide All basic animal informa-Eleven tabs organize access to many other AIMS operations tion is shown in this area. hundreds of fields.
The main tab area changes depending on the selected tab. Most provide either Single or All (spreadsheet) views of the respective data; and those spreadsheets can be sorted by any field with a simple right-click on the header.
Registration information is entered on one screen, with many fields filled in automatically when a new calf is first added to the system.
Aims starts with a simple click on this icon or by several other typical Windows methods.
Viewing a three-generation pedigree is simply a click on the Pedigree tab. More generations and advanced data can be viewed by clicking an animal’s name or
Crystal Report Writer – Have an idea for a report that didn't come with AIMS? No problem. Just purchase Crystal Report Writer (CRW) direct from the Association and a greatly reduced price. You can use CRW to create your own custom reports. CRW is also powerful enough to create camera-ready copy for your sale catalog or other materials – even in color.
The AIMS department provides several custom reports for download from the AIMS website. We can also design reports for you — a small fee applies depending on the complexity of each report.
4:00 p.m., CST, Mon.-Fri. You can also contact us by fax at 816-233-9703 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The AIMS website (www.angus.org/aims) also has support information. A Help file is always accessible and a complete manual can be printed from the installation CD.
Current policy is that AIMS is a one-time purchase. In other words, there are no on-going cost (except a $15 flat fee for EPD updates twice a year. AIMS support is free, upgrades are free (major upgrades are mailed by CD, minor upgrades are available by Internet download).
Tech Notes is a column included in the Angus Journal. The subjects are typical questions from AIMS users as well as information on new and updated features.
Workshops and demonstrations are put on throughout the year to interested users, usually at major Angus events. One-or two-day workshops can also be set up by groups of AIMS users in a local area and the director will provide the training and most travel expenses. Contact the AIMS department for more information.
An Internet connection is not required, but it makes sending and receiving update files much easier. Network installations can be accommodated, although special software might be necessary for simultaneous multi-user access (contact the AIMS department for more information).
Additional animals — such as AI sires or purchased animals — can be added to your system for $2 per head ($1 if you own them and a $15 minimum applies). It’s a great way to add animals without the hassle of keying in lots of data. Just send us their registration numbers and we’ll return a file to import.
American Angus Association
3201 Frederick Ave.
Saint Joseph, MO 64506
Ph: 816-383-5100 · Fax: 816-233-9703 Email: email@example.com
If the order form was not available with this brochure, please contact the AIMS department or print the form from the AIMS website at www.angus.org/aims. The website also includes more information on AIMS.
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