If you’re looking for herd management software, you won’t have to look long before you start finding options. Advanced Micro Solutions (AMS) provides payroll and employer-based filing support, including Form 943, for ranchers and stockgrowers. As part of our responsive customer support, we wanted to help these businesses find the herd management solution that makes sense for their ranch.
This list provides a roundup of nearly two dozen different software options that you might consider. There’s no way we can make a blanket recommendation for every livestock business, but we do know that this software decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, given the realities of today’s herd management costs.
Herd Management Software and Metrics
As the operational costs—and feed costs in particular—have continued to increase for stockgrowers so has the importance of managing the size, health, and overall quality of the herd itself. No herd management software can change the weather or other real-world fundamentals of producing and transporting feed. But what it can do is help ranchers identify potential shortages and waste while also increasing the time you have to make many of your seasonal herd management decisions.
For both dairy and dry cows, there are a handful of metrics that you’ll want to track and use to make better decisions for growing, shrinking, or maintaining the size of your herd and the scale of your farm and ranch operations. Some of the most basic data points include average age at first calving, calving interval, calf sex ration, cull rate, mortality rate, and non-completion rate. Using this core set of metrics, you can make better informed decisions for managing your herd size from one year to the next. Here are two basic formulas you can use that are provided by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Ranch Hand Employer Software Support
Be it for dairy, beef, cattle, or other livestock, herd management software is not in itself enough software for today’s cattlemen and agribusinesses. Take the pain out of your payroll processing and employer-based filing forms with Advanced Micro Solutions (AMS). Our intuitive, menu-driven solutions and versatile module interaction ensures we can deliver tailored and cost-effective software support for your payroll and employer-based reporting requirements.
Our W-2/1099 Forms Filer is the foundation for all of our accounting software. This platform provides a core set of data management capabilities for preparing and printing information on your W-2, W-3, and 1099 filing forms. Crucially, it also provides a powerful file importing feature so you can tie the data from your herd management software to the relevant filing forms.
You can get a simple, low-cost solution for your Form 943 and agricultural employment forms using our Forms Filer Plus, but this type of support is already included in the AMS Payroll module. With a comprehensive package of product modules, you can print your own MICR checks and blank filing forms, e-file directly with federal and state agencies, and take care of all your form filing requirements. Check out our entire catalogue of products and prices:
- W2 & 1099 Software
- Forms Filer Plus
- Software Generated Forms
- E-File Direct
- Affordable Care Act Filer
- 1042-S Filer
When you’re ready, make your purchase at any time. You can also download our free demo or talk to AMS Sales and Information at (800) 536-1099.