SheepGoats LogoFrustrated with your current record keeping?Are you frustrated with your current recording system for your sheep or goats? Can’t you find the records of when an animal was inoculated, or when it has lambed, or how her lambs performed? Are you struggling to keep up with your record keeping and administration? Do you need accurate, reliable data to select your animals for selling or breeding? Don’t you get the best prices because you can’t provide the needed information to prospective buyers? Read further and see how BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS can assist you.

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS provides an easy to use, tried and trusted alternative to using your own recording system. It is your all-in-one on-farm sheep and goats management information system. It was developed for easy and efficient record keeping, administration, performance testing, selection, breeding, marketing and general management. The program is specifically designed for the needs of the South African sheep and goats farmer and it caters for all aspects of sheep and goats flock management: from purchase data, matings, pregnancy tests, lambings, weights, performance testing, pedigrees, vaccinations, diseases, injuries and treatments, photos, documents to sales, mortalities and camp activities, including feed put out per camp. It even has a very handy rainfall calendar.

For the stud breeder, BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS provides, except for the above, also for embryo flushings and implants, inspections, visual scoring, etcetera.

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About BenguelaSoft

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS is developed by BenguelaSoft, a South African company specialising in livestock and game software. BenguelaSoft has a track record of 12 years in the farming industry. BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS is one of the modules of the BenguFarm package with modules also for beef cattle, game and pigs. All modules are developed on the same platform and principles – if you know one, you will easily master all the others. Each module is however customised for the needs and requirements of the specific species. BenguFarm is used by more than 900 breeders across 14 countries and 4 continents. BenguFarm is endorsed by SA Stud Book as well as 19 breeders’ societies.

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS was developed with the inputs of various prominent animal scientists and institutions like SA Stud Book, universities, DNA laboratories, etc. to ensure that the software complies with all scientific and technical standards. The ongoing inputs of our clients ensure that the program is custom-made to suit the needs of all beef cattle farmers, breeders and related institutions. The development approach is very much user-driven: users’ requests and suggestions enjoy high priority in the ongoing development and upgrading of the software. In this way we ensure that the programme suits the needs of all farmers and institutions.

Stud and Commercial

BenguFarm is equally suitable for both stud and commercial herds/flocks and can be used either as an independent herd management programme or as an integral part of stud breeding and/or performance testing through SA Stud Book, the ARC, BreedPlan or Wildlife Stud Services.

Most of the management functions BenguFarm caters for (e.g. linking of animals to camps & management groups, matings & AI, pregnancy tests, births, weighs, horn measurements (for game / wildlife), vaccinations, dosing, diseases, injuries, treatments, photos and documents, camp activities, animal sightings, purchases, sales, culls, mortalities, stock register and rainfall) and all related calculations and reports apply to all animals, irrespective if they are stud or commercial.

The few functions (e.g. data sending to and importation from a service provider such as SA Stud Book, ARC, BreedPlan or breeder's society) and data fields in BenguFarm which are only applicable to stud breeding can be hidden for commercial herds to keep the program simple and make it user-friendly.

Main Window

An unique feature is that all data, photos and documents of an animal can be viewed quickly on the main screen via 19 interchangeable view windows (e.g. birth data, reproduction data, weights, performance data, pedigree, photos, progeny, inoculations, health and notes), without the need to create a report.

Recording of Animal Records and Weights

It is easy to populate the programme’s database with your animal data using various methods. Data can for example be imported from Excel or files received from SA Stud Book (Logix) or a breeders’ society. Data can also be imported from certain other farm software packages or it can be entered easily and quickly by hand via a screen specifically developed for this purpose. (If you need assistance with preparation and importing of Excel data, please contact Mr Leslie Bergh at 082 801 2026 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). When animals are purchased, the seller can create an electronic file in BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS and sent to the buyer which he can import into his BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS and immediately have the animals' full information on record.

Weights can be imported directly from most electronic scales or entered manually.

Data such as new animals, matings, pregnancies, lambings, animal weights, health, vaccinations, fleece weights, camp movements, RTU measurements, sales and deaths recorded on an Agrident APR500 electronic ID scanner (available from RFID Experts) can be imported directly from the scanner into BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS.

Diary and Management Calendar

The programme has an internal integrated diary and management calendar that the farmer can set up according to his specific needs. Management tasks requiring attention is displayed in the diary to make it easier for the farmer to remember important tasks.

Camps and Groups

Animals can be linked to lambing seasons, camps and management groups which the farmer can set up himself. The groups enable quick and easy selection of animals to display on a screen or to include in reports and recording lists. Animals can easily be moved between camps and/or flocks to keep track of what animals are or were in a specific camp and flock.

Data Send and Import

The stud breeder can easily send data like matings, births, weights, wool data and transfers & cancellations to the applicable service provider (e.g. Stud Book and/or the applicable breeders’ society) in the correct format. Reproduction, growth and wool data, as well as breeding values, can easily be imported into the programme.

Reproduction and Growth Calculations

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS automatically does various reproduction calculations like age at first lambing, inter-lambing periods and days since the last lambing. Expected lambing dates are calculated using specie-specific reproduction parameters and flock-specific settings.

Regarding performance testing, BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS is the only sheep and goats cattle management software which calculates various reproduction and performance traits (e.g. adjusted weights, growth per day and growth indexes) in exactly the same way as the Logix system of SA Studbook, irrespective if it is for a commercial or stud flock. This valuable information can be used by the farmer for selection, breeding and management of his animals.

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS provides for extensive data verification to ensure that only correct and complete data are recorded and, for stud breeders, be submitted to their particular service provider, for example, Stud Book or the applicable breeders’ society.

Inbreeding

Inbreeding is a very an important aspect to consider in breeding. If parentage is recorded, high levels of inbreeding can easily be avoided, as inbreeding coefficients are estimated for the progeny of planned matings, including warnings where a specific mating will result in high inbreeding. The programme automatically also calculates inbreeding of all existing animals.

Stock, Used and Costs

BenguFarm provides for stock registries for vaccines, remedies, supplements, medicines and semen. With the recording of vaccinations, dosings, supplements, treatments and inseminations, the stock in question is automatically updated. The total amount and cost are also calculated. Feed and lick stock can also be recorded. Feed and lick can be recorded per camp. By dividing the total amount and cost per camp or group for a certain period by the number of animals in the camp, the average usage and cost per animal can be calculated.

Prices and Values

Apart from purchase and selling prices, book, market and tax values of animals can also be recorded.

Notes, Appearance and Scores

General notes, appearance comments and scores (like conformation and wool scores) can also be recorded.

Photos and Documents

An unlimited number of photos, documents (e.g. DNA certificates, invoices, fertility certificates and vet reports) and videos can be saved and displayed for an animal. Photos of an animal can be displayed on certain reports.

Feedlots

Although BenguFarm was not specifically developed for feedlot operations, it does make provision for capturing, processing and reporting most of the data that a feedlot operator would be interested in. This includes the following data per animal and any group of animals:

    Animals can be linked to various groups, e.g. pen, seller, arrival date, etc. and these groups can be used for management and reporting purposes.
  • Purchase data like animal weight, date bought, seller, etc.
  • Feed usage and costs can be recorded per pen. With this data as well as total weight gain, the average feed conversion ratio can be calculated for animals in a pen or group, as well as cost per kg increase.
  • Inoculations, illnesses & treatments, with all details, including costs.
  • Animal weights can be imported from most electronic scales into BenguFarm or recorded manually.
  • Calculation of weight gain and ADG (Average Daily Gain) per animal and group/pen for any given period.
  • Sale and/or slaughter data like slaughter date, animal weight, carcass weight, carcass grade, slaughter percentage, price per kg, total income per animal, marketing cost, buyer, etc.

Reports

The program has more than 50 reports and recording (kraal) lists for general and health management, breeding, recorded traits (e.g. horn measurements), selection, sales and flock administration. To name but a few:

  • Several recording lists (for weights, matings, pregnancies, calvings, vaccinations, etc.) for easy recording of data in the crush or in the field.
  • The Flock List report for easy and quick checking which animals are in the flock and to verify their basic information.
  • The Animal Numbers and Values report gives a summary of the animal numbers (within or across flocks) per category, including total book, market and tax values as well as livestock units.
  • The DNA Services Request form can be printed and send with the DNA samples to a DNA laboratory (currently only available for Unistel).
  • With the Log of DNA Samples Sent report, you can keep track of which animals’ DNA samples were sent for analysis and which results were received.
  • The Related Animals report enables you to see instantly which animals in the flock are related to a specific animal and what the relationship is (e.g. sire).
  • The Ewes near Calving report enable you to be prepared for females which are near lambing.
  • The Breeding Flock Selection report makes it very easy to quickly select ewes on reproduction and production figures according to norms that the farmer can choose according to his standards.
  • The Weights and Gains report is very useful to monitor and evaluate the weight gains and growth per day for any given period. This is especially useful for feedlots and on-farm growth tests for rams.
  • The Performance Test Results report makes it easy to select and evaluate lambs and their mothers using the performance test indexes (e.g. Weaning index).
  • The Animal Summary report combines all the important information of an animal on a one-page report.
  • A Sale Catalogue report makes marketing (out of hand or at auction) of animals by breeders easily and efficiently. Lot numbers can be allocated and remarks added. The farm's logo can be printed on the report.
  • The Animals per Camp report list all the animals in a camp for the selected camp(s) and flock. The user can customise the layout of the report and save his favourite layout(s) for later use.
  • Purchases and Sales reports with date, buyer/seller, price, event, etc.
  • The Animal Numbers Reconciliation report gives a list of all animal movements for a specific period in and out of the flock, e.g. animals purchased, lambs born, animals sold, mortalities with income and expenses.

The user can also compile his own tailor-made reports – including criteria for animals to be included, traits and data fields to display and how the data should be sorted or grouped. The criteria and layouts of tailor-made reports can be saved for easy future use. It can, like all other reports, be exported in various formats, including Excel and pdf.

Computers and Language

BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS can be installed on any computer or tablet with Windows 7, 8 or 10. (On an Apple Mac a virtual Windows can be installed and then BenguFarm can be run on it). The programme can be set up in both English and Afrikaans. It can be used for all more than one flock and on more than one computer of the same owner without any additional cost. Owner and farm manager, office and home computers, desktop, laptop or Windows tablet, can have BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS on it. Various options are available to sync the BenguFarm database on these computers and your BenguFarm agent will determine the best option taking into consideration your specific circumstances and needs.

User-friendliness, Support and Training

After sales support and training is very important for all software users. BenguelaSoft has agents in most provinces and in Namibia. When purchasing the software, BenguelaSoft assigns one of our agents to the client. The agent will help with installation, importing of data, training and support where needed. BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS is very easy to use with the help of a user-friendly manual and a step-by-step help function on most screens. Training courses are held on a regular basis country wide in SA and in other countries. The most common feedback from people who attended courses is that the program is much easier to use and offer much more than that they expected.

Development of the Software

BenguelaSoft continuously develops new and improved functions and reports in BenguFarm. The development is very much user-driven to ensure the software satisfy the needs of the users and the industry in general. We, therefore, welcome feedback and proposals of the users of the software.

All-in-One

Say goodbye to the days of looking for info all over the place – have EVERYTHING stored in an easy-to-find way and all together on a simple and easy-to-use program. Whether you are a stud breeder or commercial farmer, no matter how big or small your flock is, or how much or little you would like to record – BenguFarm-SHEEP & GOATS cater for all your needs.

Comments from Users:

"Met BenguFarm SHEEP & GOATS word skaapbestuur vereenvoudig sodat effektiewe bestuur op jou kuddde toegepas kan word. BenguFarm SHEEP & GOATS doen wat jou behoefte is, nie net wat die boeke wil weet nie. Dit is van kardinale belang met die skaaptoetssentrum wat veroorsaak dat diere vir ekonomies belangrike eienskappe geselekteer kan word want BenguFarm SHEEP & GOATS maak die saamgevatte data bruikbaar."
Frik Roux, Rouvus Vleismerinos