PastureMap lets you track your animal weight over time for each animal in your herd. You can enter an average weight when you create a herd. You can also enter individual animal weights if you are using EIDs and smart scales by importing animals using our spreadsheet template. You can also add updated weights for your animals throughout the season. PastureMap can project animal weights for you based on a target average daily gain (ADG) as well.
Viewing projected animal weights
If you go to the Herds tab and click on a herd, you will see a graph of the average weight of your herd over time.
This graph shows you the average daily weight gain of your herd throughout the course of the season as you graze different pastures and add updated weight information. If we have actual weight records, the weight of the herd between the weigh dates is estimated based on the weight records. The weight of your herd after your most recent weight record is based on the Target Average Daily Gain you enter. For example, let’s say you last weighed your animals 10 days ago and the average weight was 500 lbs. If your target average daily gain is 3 lbs/day, then we will estimate that the average weight of your animals is now
500 lbs + 3 lbs/day ⨉ 10 days = 530 lbs
These weights are then used to estimate the dry matter intake of your animals to calculate your forage consumption and production.
Below we describe two different ways to enter target ADG for your herd.
Entering target ADG when creating a herd
When creating a herd starting fresh in PastureMap, you can enter a weight, weigh date, and target ADG in the form:
This target ADG will be used to forecast your herd weight after your initial weight record.
Editing your target average daily gain (ADG)
To change your target ADG, click on the “Target ADG” number at the top:
This target ADG will then be used to forecast your animal weights past your last weighing event.