Orchid Data Systems Ltd

- Dairy for Desktop PC


Orchid Dairy for Windows PC is a fast and reliable program that runs on any version of Microsoft Windows. It offers you new insights into your herd’s performance and cuts tedious office work right down to size.  The basic package gives you all the tools you need for managing your cow breeding calendar, plus legislative recording functions for cross compliance and farm assurance.

Are you getting a clear view of your herd’s fertility performance?
The costs of any fertility problem in the dairy herd can be significant, but because they are indirect costs they can be easily overlooked.  These costs come mainly through lost milk yield, disrupted calving pattern and higher AI and vet costs. Monitoring and improving herd fertility performance starts with good record keeping and Orchid Dairy gives you the tools to record and monitor both individual cows and the herd as a whole.

Which cows need serving today?
– You need flexible Action Lists

Getting your cows back in calf at the earliest opportunity is vital to profitability. This requires accurate record keeping, especially with today’s larger herds.  The Orchid Dairy “Your Herd Today” screens give you flexible action lists for the week ahead, including cows that are:

  • Due for Service
  • Due for PD
  • Due to Dry off
  • Due to Calve

You can quickly drill into these lists to view and enter information for the individual animals.  Action lists can be printed off for farm staff or your veterinary surgeon.

Cow Fertility Analysis and Reporting
The benefit of accurate record keeping will be high quality management reports.  Progressive measurements like 100 day in-calf rate and 200 day not in-calf rates can be produced from the Orchid Dairy in just a few mouse clicks.  You can easily tune report parameters to suit your herd management regime; for example, the “voluntary waiting period” after calving can be adjusted to meet the needs of pedigree and commercial animals.

A full range of graphical fertility reports are available within the Orchid Fertility module, including Cusum and a graphical breeding chart similar to the “bray board”.

Milking Performance
Can you easily monitor cows with the highest cell counts?
Monitoring milk performance over the course of the lactation is another key area for management reporting.  Animals with consistently high cell counts need to be identified for possible culling.  Orchid Dairy has several reports which help you do all this quickly and easily.

Cell Count Analysis

  • Set a cell count threshold to highlight all cow above this level
  • View the number of times a cow has been over the set threshold, plus the average
  • Spans over consecutive lactations
  • Export data to CSV (spreadsheet) file

Cell Count Contributions Grid

  • Analysis for the whole herd and for single cows using imported milk test results
  • Examine the effect on the calculated bulk tank cells by excluding high cell count cow – keep the most milk in the tank while maintaining bulk tank below a threshold level

Legislative Recording Keeping
Adding animal purchase and sale records into Orchid Dairy will automatically update the movement book and the direct link to the CTS means means you only have to enter the information once, which saves time and improves accuracy.

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