Importing Weights

Hello Everyone! We're pushing out updates to HerdOne based on your requests, and it seemed like several of you were looking for a way to add multiple livestock weights at once. You spoke, we listened! Introducing our new "Import Weights" template!

So, we've changed things up a bit. Remember the "Import Livestock" template that we talked about in our last post? We're combining these imports on the same "Import" page. We've reorganized the "Manage Livestock" menu item to be more organized, so this page is now under Manage Livestock > Add > Imports, like so:

This looks very similar to what we had before. This time, though, there is a drop down for you to choose from. If you want to download the Livestock template, select it from the drop down, and if you want to download the Weights template, select that from the drop down. Once you have your selection made, which will be the weights in this case, hit the “Download Template” button. This will download our “Import Weights” Microsoft Excel template to your computer.

You will have to enable editing to begin working on the spreadsheet. Oh, and if you get the following error message, no worries! Read on…

To keep HerdOne and your information secure, we’ve protected these sheets so that you can only edit certain cells. If you get this error message, you’ve tried to edit a cell that you are not allowed to edit. Just click OK and select only relevant cells.

Anyways, we’re getting side-tracked. The template is pretty intuitive. Follow the instructions at the top of the spreadsheet carefully. Each column, ID, Weight, and Date, are required fields and you can only import 250 weights at a time. Here’s a sample import that I created:

Save your work, and then go back to the Imports page and upload it using the tools in Step 3. Don’t worry about selecting the right type of template in the drop down at the top. Our site is smart enough to tell from your Excel sheet which kind of template it is.

So, once I’ve imported my sample data, this is what shows up!

If I had missed an ID, Weight, or Date for any of the entries, I would get a message like this:

The message will tell you which record, or Excel row, has the issue, and it will tell you what went wrong so that you can either go back and change it, or add it through the HerdOne website. Keep in mind that if you import the same template twice, you will be entering all of these weights two times.


Our latest release for HerdOne (version 1.1.1) adds a "Type" column to this import template which lets you select what kind of weight you want to import: Birth Weight, Check Weight, or Wean Weight. This makes it so you can import all kinds of weights at once! We hope this new addition is helpful!

Well, that’s all I have for you today! I hope this post was helpful and that this new feature will make things easier for your livestock management.

As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at or leave a comment below!

Best wishes!


Breeding Windows

Breeding Windows

Knowing when your livestock are likely to be dropping babies on the ground is very valuable information. The following article walks through how breeding windows and subsequently, due date windows can be calculated by using the sire events on the ManagePasture page.


To record a turn in sire or pull sire event, first navigate to the Pastures page under the "Field Management" drop down on the sidebar. Then navigate to the ManagePasture page by selecting the name of your pasture from the pasture table. 


Once inside the ManagePasture page, you can add a Sire Turn In event. In this example, I'll be using cows and bulls. I have a pasture filled with cows, and I want to record the act of placing a bull inside this pasture. HerdOne not only records this event, but it also displays the date and even calculates the earliest and latest due dates for the cows in that pasture! "Earliest Due Date" is calculated when you turn in the sire, and "Latest Due Date" is calculated when you pull the sire from the pasture. This information will be displayed in the "Livestock In Pasture" tab down at the bottom of the page. 

Here's a step by step: 

1. Select the blue "TurnInSires" button in the top right corner of the page. 

2. Fill out the information in the box that pops up on screen. You can select one or multiple sires.

3. Click "Add Sires." Go down to the "LivestockIn Pasture" table, and notice how the cows now have a "Turn In Date" and an "Earliest Due Date." 

4. When you want to pull your sires from the pasture, just select the blue "Pull Sires" button at the top of the page, select the type of sires you would like to pull and the date you pulled them. In this example, I chose "Cattle", which will remove all three sires I placed in earlier since all three were of the type "Cattle."


This fills out the "Latest Due Date" in the table and removes the sires from the pasture: 

That's it! 

If you messed up, no worries! Just go to the "Sire Turn In Events" tab next to the "Livestock In Pasture" tab, and select the X button in the "Reverse" column. This will remove any breeding window information associated with that event, but it won't remove the sires from the pasture. You'll have to do this manually by clicking the "Remove" link from the "Livestock In Pasture" table. 

Here's a picture of the "Sire Turn In Events" table: 

After reversing the turn in event, the "Livestock In Pasture" table will look exactly the same as it did before turning in the sires.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at

Happy Farming!


My First Years as a Farm Owner

One thing has become clear in my first couple years of having a farm: THE CHORES ARE NEVER DONE!

There's always fence to build, weeds to spray, and downed trees to clean up. If you're not a full-time farmer (only 24% of farmers with under 100 head have this as their primary source of income (USDA, 2011)), then time is in short supply. This causes you to prioritize the responsibilities and jobs filling your todo list. Something that consistently moves to the bottom of the list for many of these operators is detailed record keeping. Below, I'm going to highlight why keeping accurate, detailed records on a consistent basis creates value for your farm. I've included a few more important items that should not be neglected as well if at all possible. 

Record Keeping

"Now that I've bought mineral, what do I do with this receipt?"

Many times the answer to this question is to toss it into the glove box or wallet with all of the other receipts. This practice can create quite a chore as tax season arrives and you are tasked with collecting and categorizing all of your expenses to enable you or your accountant to file your taxes properly. How can you be sure you've got all of your receipts? What about these two that have faded so badly I can't read them? Luckily there is a remedy to these problems. HerdOne has an expense module that allows you to record expenses as they are incurred. You can even take a picture of the receipt and attach it to the expense. The great thing about keeping up with this important task throughout the year is that come tax time, all you have to do is print out the expense report from the 'Reports' page and all of the expense information required for your Schedule F is at your fingertips. 

Animal records are another important part of the livestock management process. Having weight measurements of offspring for each cow allows you to make more informed cull decisions.  Tracking the vaccination history of an animal can help prevent you from selling a cow with illegal tissue residue due to a recent antiobiotic. Knowing that a certain cow has historically had issues with her feet might lead you to sell her rather than deal with trimming or treating her feet every year. Having these records can help your farm stay compliant, make your operation more efficient, and add more to your bottom line. 

With the IRS requirement of keeping your farm related records for a minimum of 3 years, having these records kept in a safe, secure, and accessible location is important. Also, if you have been BQA certified (, having historical records highlighting your compliant management practices is critical. We recommend for all of your record keeping needs. 

Soil Testing and Maintenance 

One of my mentors who has been in the industry for over 30 years had a good word of advice, "If you're a cattle farmer, you're a grass farmer." If your soil is not in good shape, then you're not going to have great grass. Without great grass, it's going to be tough to have great cows. 

That being said, it's important to have your soil tested at least on an annual basis. Many states provide free soil sample tests through university extension offices (if a resident of Arkansas, walks you through the entire process) and often, they will include with the test results advice on improving the soil quality. This includes material application (lime, fertilizer, etc.) as well as rate (pounds per acre) recommendations.  

A pasture that is in good condition produces more, high-quality forage, allows for a higher animal to acre graze rate, and better handles drought conditions. So whether you're wanting to increase hay production or simply run a few more head in your cow pasture, look at implementing a soil management program in the coming year. 

Proper Working Facilities 

Prior to getting a corral put in place made out of blood, sweat, and steel, I had a cow come up with a huge swollen spot just forward from her rear hip. In an attempt to catch her and take her up to the local vet, I put together a small pen made out of t-posts and welded wire cattle panels. With some feed I was able to get her up and ready to load. Queue the squeaking and rattling of the cattle trailer pulling up and backing into place to load her up. I got into the pen to push her towards the trailer opening and much to my chagrin, she decided to go the other way, leaping into the jimmy-rigged perimeter I had put together. It of course laid over and she proceeded to trot away from the trailer through the field. 

This affirmed what I already knew. Having proper working facilities helps you achieve the desired outcome, which usually doesn't include witnessing a jail break. They also help keep both the operator and the animal safe during the working process. These two things are of utmost importance for the longevity of your operation. There are many designs available to look through online if you're looking to build or modify a working facility of your own. 


The past few years have involved a great deal of learning as well as progress on my farm. Growing up we had cattle but it's different when you're ultimately responsible for the thousands of dollars grazing out in the field. I have enjoyed growing my herd and learning how to manage the numerous changing responsibilities that come with each season. I hope you have enjoyed reading a little bit about my experiences thus far and would love for you to give our livestock management application located at a try. I look forward to sharing more of my experiences in the near future. 

Happy farming.