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ParlorPal Features & Benefits
ParlorPal measures and monitors parlor performance.
ParlorPal Benefits
ParlorPal provides an opportunity for field representatives and dairy advisors to easily track pen based dairy performance. Just some of the benefits of using ParlorPal™ are listed below:

Summary of Benefits of ParlorPal™:
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  • No Handwriting - Data is Entered with Dropdown Menus and Stylus Taps.
  • No Equipment Required Beyond A Handheld Computer and the Internet.
  • System Setup Can Be Controlled From The Handheld.
  • Data Can Be Uploaded Directly From The Handheld.
  • Uploaded Data Is Stored and Available At Any Time By Internet Access.
  • Automated Report Generation Using Industry Standards.
  • Built-In Trend Analysis Capability.
  • Dairy Performance Can Be Benchmarked Against Other Dairies.
  • Built-In E-mail Alerting System
  • Data Access Across Adivsors Fosters Team Approach.
 
No Handwriting - Data is Entered with Dropdown Menus and Stylus Taps
An underlying concept of ParlorPal was streamlining data entry. Our philosophy is dairy advisors should spend their time interpreting data, not on having to collect it. With that philosophy in mind, we designed the ParlorPal system to have no handwriting involved, to have minimum typing involved, and focus on clicking controls with a stylus. Our goal was for advisors to use ParlorPal in a parlor during milking. No ink pens that won't write, papers that get wet, or stopwatches and clipboards that get broken or covered with manure! For advisors with smart phones, you are collecting data on a device you already have on farm ... your cell phone!
 
No Equipment Required Beyond A Handheld Computer and the Internet
The ParlorPal data collection system on the handheld device is designed to eliminate the need for extra equipment such as clipboards and stopwatches. For milking prep time evaluation, the system uses the internal clock of the device to record the timing of events. No need to fumble with a stopwatch in one hand and a clipboard in the other. As each event occurs, tapping a button on the handheld records the time down to the second. Tests at a major U.S. university showed that using our system improved the number of cows that could be evaluated by more than 8 FOLD. The automated analysis system on the web server saved even more time by generating detailed graphs in a matter of seconds!!! No more entering data into a spreadsheet to make graphs!!! Just walk to the barn, log onto the Internet from the desktop computer, and PRESTO, your graphs are there!
 
System Setup Can Be Controlled From The Handheld
The ParlorPal handheld software has a built-in Internet Browser tab that allows the handheld to communicate directly with the user's web account from the handheld if a "live" connection is active. A live connection is either a wireless connection, a cellular phone signal for smart phones, or a synched connection to another computer (desktop or laptop) with an Internet connection. This built-in Browser has buttons that automatically connect to the correct page on the web site. No web addresses to remember! Functions that are currently supported are downloading your list of dairies and their pens, adding or renaming pens, creating a new account, and uploading data. If a live connection is not available, these changes can still be made through another computer with Internet access.
 
Data Can Be Uploaded Directly From The Handheld
ParlorPal's handheld software system includes a fully-functional, embedded web browser on the Browser tab that works just like Internet Explorer on your desktop or laptop. Given a live connection to the Internet, you can upload your parlor data from the handheld directly to your account and have the analysis performed nearly instantly. By the time you walk from the pens to the office computer, your graphs and analysis are waiting. No having to create graphs in a spreadsheet! If you don't have a live connection, data is saved and can be uploaded when you have a connection.
 
Uploaded Data Is Stored and Available At Any Time By Internet Access
Once data is uploaded to our web system, it is stored for at least 5 years. During that time, any uploaded data can be retrieved or included in an analysis from any computer in the world that has Internet access. This allows comparison of data over time and allows seasonal comparisons (e.g. this summer versus last summer). Data is available for anyone who has access to that dairy which may include the veterinarian, the nutritionist, the banker, the milk processor's field staff, or whoever the dairy decides to grant access to.
 
Automated Report Generation Using Industry Standards
Once data is uploaded from the handheld device to our web server, it is automatically processed into a collection of graphical analysis tools included histograms and process control charts. This greatly reduces the dairy advisor's time to prepare reports and allows them to focus on interpretation. It also allows different advisors to compare findings across different dairies.
Every attempt has been made to follow accepted industry standards when generating reports. All of the calculations and scores used in ParlorPal are based on the latest standards published in the dairy scientific literature from organizations such as the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), the National Mastitis Council (NMC), or the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP). This assures that our users are following accepted guidelines and maximizes the value of our benchmarking system when comparing across dairies.
 
Built-In Trend Analysis Capability
The ParlorPal system automatically analyzes trends in your pen based scores against your dairy's own historical performance using Statistical Process Control (SPC) technology. This trend analysis technique has been used in the manufacturing industry for more than 75 years and can detect whether changes in your dairy's performance are normal "background" variation or the start of a true change (problem). Values that are within expected limits based on historical performance are colored as blue dots while values that are unexpected are marked with red squares. When unexpected values are detected, automatic e-mail alerts are generated for any people with access to the dairy data.
 
Dairy Performance Can Be Benchmarked Against Other Dairies
ParlorPal's Benchmarking System allows you to compare your farm's results against aggregated results of similar farms. If you have ever wondered 'How do my results compare to other farms like mine', here is the answer. The Benchmarking System automatically compares your rank relative to other dairies using ParlorPal and can be customized to compare against dairies of similar size, region, and cattle breed.
 
Data Access Across Adivsors Fosters Team Approach
ParlorPal gives you the ability to grant (and revoke) access to the ParlorPal system and producer data for consultants, veterinarians, nutritionists and others. Imagine your specified consultants helping you, monitoring your results, even when they are not on the farm. And... when they make an on-site dairy visit, they will be better armed with knowledge of your test results. ParlorPal's Consultant Access System helps protect your data by alleviating the need to share your log-in information with others. As the producer you have complete control over who has access and who does not. AgriMetrica takes security very seriously with extraordinary measures to protect your data and privacy.
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