The info site for GMPBasic - ostrich mode 

Ostrich Weight Records


1. Each ostrich producer needs to know what their birds are weighing at different stages of their production cycle. The pictures below merely illustrate what was achieved with GMP traceability in 2007 during the ostrich trial project that was initiated.

Weight gains, ADG (average daily weight gains) are important to determine when and if birds are ready for going to market at the abattoir. The right amount of meat and bone ratios are important to supply the best possible meat quality for the discerning ostrich meat consumer. Weight gain is also an important aspect of a successful business.


2. Ostrich Management Services
Data capture service for producers who are computer illiterate or do not own a computer system. This service is a chargeable service. Please contact the GMP offices for further details.

3. Switch on your laptop computer or tablet computer (e.g. Surface Pro or Asus - I Pad is a toy and can not handle the system as the I Pads do not have sufficient computing capabilities at this stage)

4. Open the GMPBasic® desktop application (software) which you have already installed and into which you have imported your user profile issued by the SAOBC.

5. Setup your electronic weigh scale (Adams, Gallagher, Tru-test) and set the computer port setting correct in the Peripheral settings menu of GMPBasic®.  Other scales do not have electronic com ports to transfer the data. When using these, you will have to type the ostrich number or select it via the tag selector then enter the weight into the weight capture section. There are additional options for some of the scales. Contact GMP Traceability for details regarding these.


6. Open the register animal page and let some-one climb onto the weigh plate as illustrated. A weight should appear in the weight section of register animals. If this weight looks OK, then you can proceed with the capturing of the ostrich details, weight, paddock location and then apply the tag once you have scanned or selected it from the Tag Log file (in Key in Tag option). Then if all the information appears to be correct, select the ADD button. Do not register (ADD) the animals before the BIRTH Date and supply date (purchase) has not been entered as correctly as possible.


7. As the system has audit capabilities, it does not allow date and data entry changes after the information has been added.
For data changes through the administrators, there will be a declaration form for the producer to complete prior to this process being completed and an administrative fee for corrections will be charged.

8. Now the tagger / vaccinator / farmer may place the ostrich on the weighing plate and record its weight before it is finally tagged and ADDED into the system.

9. Normal weighing of birds once they have been registered is fairly easy. Select the Weigh Animal option in the menu.
Then use the tag selector to select / identify the ostrich. The bird may be selected by one of 4 methods:


     10.1. 2 D bar code scanner (least used)
     10.2. RFID / EID read scanner (when producers also attach EID buttons to the birds profile within GMPBasic®)
     10.3. Key in the
HR (human readable PREFIX & COUNTER number on the tag)
     10.4. Select the bird from the user's profile in the list of birds in their specific paddocks.

11. Once the bird's ID has been selected its weight records will be available.
Ensure that the date setting is correct according to the date on which the weight is / was recorded. This date or weight data can not be changed without a declaration and admin fee process through the administrators.

12. Once you start using the system, the method and the information will become clearer and easier to understand. This enables producers to help each other, arrange study group sessions etc to learn to use the system and to start extrapolating production figures from the system.

13. The system is in continuous development. Certain information may be of use or not to you but it should be borne in mind that this system is developed for a very broad user platform. (see ostrich site info & ostrich supply chain pages for more clarity)

14. Weigh and dispatch:

Internal dispatches can be done after weighing and using the same weight batch dispatch or using the Owner Location menu whereby birds below or above a certain weight may be dispatched from a starter, grower or to a finisher group as example.

External dispatches can be done once the AI test is all clear as negative and the producer has received the Movement permit and number from the SAOBC. Then, on the day or the previous day, the birds may be weighed so that their last known live weight is recorded and included in the dispatch records to the next location (probably a registered abattoir compartment). No weight or other data may be entered after an external dispatch has been conducted. Be sure to enter all relevant data before doing an external dispatch or changing the bird's status from OPEN >> Died, Stolen etc.







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