How to translate animals in the paddock to your Livestock rec.
When coding transactions or preparing a budget, the rule of thumb is to use the code the animal opened as at the beginning of the financial year.
This may well be different to what the animal is referred to ‘on farm’, but the on farm name can easily be entered into the note/comment section of the transaction in Cashmanager.
Below are some common scenarios that come to the team on our Helpdesk.
Empty 20Mth Heifers
Empty heifers scanned around March/April can cause some confusion – should the sale transaction be coded to R1 or R2 heifers in Cashmanager?
A 20-month heifer, sold as empty in April must be coded as R1 heifer, as that is what she opened as at the start of the financial year even though, physically, you may consider her as an R2.
We recommend typing a comment such as: ‘MT 20mth Hfrs’.
Last season's lambs
Another common cause for confusion is lambs that are carried over the winter and sold in early spring. Should the sale transaction be coded to a lamb or trade hogget in Cashmanager?
A trade hogget sold in September may be described on farm or at the works as ‘last year’s lamb’.
The sale must be coded to trade hoggets, as this is what they were at the start of the financial year. You could use ‘last year’s lamb’ as a comment.