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AIMS Herd Management Software Program Explained

Peterson provides detailed look at Angus Information Management Software program.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (Nov. 3, 2015) — At the Tuesday afternoon workshop on the Angus Information Management Software (AIMS), longtime technical support expert Wendy Peterson guided participants through a complete user’s guide, followed by “tips and tricks” to make it all work best.

“AIMS allows you quick access to pedigree, performance and EPD information on your animals,” she said. “You can look up your animals by tattoo, tag, registration number, electronic ID, the animal’s name, or by dam or sire ID.”

Wendy Peterson guided workshop attendees through use of the Association's Angus Information Management Software (AIMS) program, sharing tips and tricks along the way.

She explained how AIMS simplifies the reporting of performance data, registrations and transfer information for those who store certificates electronically with the Association.

“We have added extensive data validation to ensure accurate records before submitting them to the Association, which helps ensure next-day turnaround on your data,” Peterson said. “You can display and print projected EPDs based on breeding or calving data.”

AIMS also calculates the ratios, rankings and adjusted weights prior to reporting to the Association, to provide an advance look at what the returned data will be.

“While entering breeding records, AIMS automatically determines the most likely sire and calving date information,” she said. “As you track preg-check information, AIMS will calculate a most likely sire.”

Peterson explained how to track animal purchases and sale information, along with complete customer profiles and information. There are tabs for carcass and ultrasound information, medical and income-expense records per animal and more.

Several of the screens are set up in a spreadsheet-style format to improve speed of entry for large amounts of data, and worksheets can be printed for use in the pasture or barn. In all, there are more than 50 standard reports, plus a large variety of custom reports.

“Included in AIMS is a Customer Manager Database,” she explained, “with more than 35 fields to record addresses, phone numbers, spouse and children's names, email and website, herd size, directions to their ranch and a lot more.”

Six user-defined fields allow tracking of details like buyer type, priority codes, or which buyers get a newsletter or catalog. If sales records are kept in AIMS, a click will list all animals any customer has purchased over the years.

Peterson went through each of a dozen or more computer screen shots from AIMS, explaining at every tab and then shared several more screens of tips and shortcuts before answering questions that inevitably provided more tips and tricks. She concluded in saying AIMS is being remodeled to add more capabilities even beyond the wide array of customizations now available.

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