Registered users of Angus Database Search have access to Advanced Search features. Click on the “Advanced Search” link to open the Additional Selection Criteria Panel.
This panels allows you to fine-tune your animal selections, by adding additional criteria to the Animal Name and ID search, or by choosing different fields altogether. Additional criteria can be made on animal characteristics, ownership records, Pedigree information (under the Breeding Tab), Genetic test status and EBV figures.
Let’s go through an example.
Let’s find animals that are Male, HBR registered and born in 2012. Mark these fields on the ‘Animal Details’ tab, and then click ‘Search’. The system will return a list of animals that match this criteria. Note that your choices are remembered, so that if you perform another Advanced Search, the fields are pre-filled with the choices you made last time. If your search returns too many or too few results, you can go back to refine or expand your search. In this example, we will expand the search by replacing calving year of 2012 with a range of years from 2008 – 2014, and then further refine it by only selecting animals that are currently owned by breeders living in Northern NSW.
Once again, click on the search button to return a list of animals that match this criteria. Note that if more than 200 animals are returned, you will need to scroll to the bottom of the screen to step through consecutive pages of results as the system only displays 200 animals per page. Go back to the top now and find the grey bar that says ‘Search Options’. Click on the arrow to the left of this bar. It will expand to reveal the criteria that you have searched on. This section also features a button that lets you quickly go back to refine your search.
Let’s look at another example.
We’ll now look for Male, HBR registered animals, that were born in 2012, are owned by a breeder living in Eastern Victoria, and who have an Angus Breeding Index in the top 10% of the breed. Make this final selection criteria by clicking on the tab that says EBVs and then drag the first slider from the left to the right to give a range of percentile band 10 to 0. You will notice that as the slider moves, the minimum value box on the left will change to reflect the numerical value you are selecting on. Here, we are wanting animals that all have an Angus Breeding Index greater than + 129. Now click Search again, and in this example, the system will return 8 animals. Note their Angus Breeding Index values. If you would like to sort these animals in descending order from highest index value to lowest index value, simply click on the up and down arrows shown at the top of the column.
Alternatively, you could sort your results on any of the other traits displayed, for example birth date, or calving ease daughters. The ability to sort your results is something that can be done either AFTER the results have been returned, or BEFORE. Let’s go back to the selection screen. In the middle of the screen you will see a section titled Sort Criteria which contains a drop down box. Click on this box to reveal a list of field names. Let’s do another search, but this time we will sort on 200 Day Growth. Pick this field from the drop down box. Now when we click on the SEARCH button, our results are returned already sorted on this field.
This powerful advanced search and sort function lets you customize your searches so you can pinpoint the animals of specific interest to your production enterprise.