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Millennium Loft Professional

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Millennium Loft Professional

    LoftOrganiser … the King of Pedigrees

    User Guide to Getting Started

    LoftOrganiser will do just about everything you can imagine: -

     Pigeon Management One „card‟ per pigeon; pairs and squeaker management; choice of eight pedigrees; photograph

    storage; family montages; descendants tracking; pigeon listings by loft location/family/status; etc Racing Management A complete racing kit with all your Clubs; Pools Structures; Race Points and Distances; Races;

    Entries; Arrivals; Velocities; prizes; etc

     Sales Management Customer records; sales invoicing; auctions and sales listings; etc

     Health and Veterinary management Create authentic Vaccination Lists and record the last two vaccination dates for

    each pigeon; record all other Veterinary treatments applied to your Pigeons; etc But if it‟s high-quality pedigrees that you‟re primarily looking to achieve from LoftOrganiser then you really need look no further. Take a look at this professional pedigree created for one of our customers … it has:-

     an embedded watermark of their top stock

     their logo Please note that the resolution on the actual photographs stored for the Pigeon and its Sire and Dam are printed printed pedigree will be much pedigree produced by simple click of a button! higher than achieved with this screen dump

    Before launching yourself headlong into LoftOrganiser you do need to devote some considerable time telling

    LoftOrganiser firstly about yourself and, more importantly, all of your pigeons and their origin. The amount of time that

    this will take will depend entirely on how many pigeons you keep and/or how much historical information you wish to

    enter.

    The approach that we recommend is as follows: -

     General Maintenance

     Go to the Main Menu screen, and left-click the General Maintenance button.

    ; Click the Licence Details button and complete

    the form. Complete as many fields as you can

    (you should enter a Loft/Business Name of

    your own choosing and you can change this

    name at any time) and also paste in a Logo if

    you have one. Completing this form fully and

    correctly is extremely important, as

    information entered in this form is utilised in

    the printing of pigeons‟ pedigrees and sales

    invoices.

    ; After each address line enter a comma as this

    helps format the information printed out on the

    pedigree

    ; Exit the Licence Details form

     Pigeon Management

     Return to the Main Menu screen, and left-click the Pigeon Management button, then left-click the Maintenance

    button. This will reveal more “Buttons”, each of which you should tackle: -

    ; Left-click the Loft Locations button

     Create all of the Loft Locations that you

    wish to separately identify. For example,

    you have one loft with 4 sections - it is

    suggested that you name these as A1, A2,

    A3, and A4. If you have a second loft, say

    a stock loft, with one section plus an aviary

    name these Loft Locations as B1 & B2.

    Continue naming all required Locations in

    the same fashion.

     When adding new pigeons in Pigeon

    Management, you will be asked where

    each pigeon is located. Having entered all

    of your Loft Locations, you will be able to

    do this without any trouble.

     LoftOrganiser will always preserve the Loft Locations of

    ; U’ (when adding new pigeons this is the default location assigned) and

    ; Z‟ (which will remain reserved for any pigeon recorded in LoftOrganiser which is not actually

    present in your lofts e.g. Reference Pigeons, Sold Pigeons, Lost Pigeons, Dead Pigeons, etc.)

     Exit the Loft Locations form

    ; Left-click the Families / Strains button

     Complete the Families/Strains

    Maintenance form. You will find that

    LoftOrganiser already has many popular

    families/strains pre-defined. You will only

    need to add new families/strains as

    appropriate.

     When adding new pigeons in Pigeon

    Management, you will be asked to select

    the family of each pigeon. Having defined

    all of your families in this form, you will

    be able to do this without any trouble. LoftOrganiser will always preserve the

    Family of „Unknown’ (when adding new

    pigeons this is the default Family assigned) Exit the Families and Strains form

    ; Left-click the Feather Colours button

     Complete the Feather Colours Maintenance form. You will find that LoftOrganiser has many feather

    colours pre-defined. However you may find you need to add a new feather colour from time-to-time.

     When adding new pigeons in Pigeon Management, you will be asked to select the Feather Colour of each

    pigeon. Having defined all of your Feather Colours in this form, you will be able to do this without any

    trouble.

     Exit the Feather Colours form

    ; Left-click the Eye Colours button

     Same process as for Feather Colours above … very few users actually use this functionality

    ; Left-click the Breeders button

     Complete the Breeders form. Essentially

    this form is used is where to record the

    name & address details of the people/studs

    who have bred your team of pigeons. When adding new pigeons in Pigeon

    Management, you will be asked to select

    the Breeder of each Pigeon. Having

    entered all breeders of your pigeons, you

    will be able to do this without trouble. LoftOrganiser will always preserve the

    Breeder code of “UNK” as this is the

    default assignation when adding new

    pigeons.

     Exit the Breeders form

     Adding Pigeons into LoftOrganiser

     Return to the Main Menu and left-click the Pigeon Management button.

    ; Now left-click the View / Maintain Pigeons

    button then left-click the Add NEW Pigeon(s)

    button. The blank form which now appears is

    the ONLY place where you can add new

    pigeons.

     In turn, enter the details of all Pigeons

    currently alive in your lofts be they racers,

    stock, or retired pigeons. Complete all

    fields wherever possible.

    ; Fields with defaulted data e.g. Blue;

    Cock; must be completed

    ; We recommend that when typing ring

    numbers into the Ring #, Sire, and

    Dam fields that you NEVER use blank spaces within the ring number nor at the start or end of the

    ring number as this MAY frustrate the successful generation of a pedigree.

    ; We also recommend that any YEAR reference within a ring are expanded to the full four-digit format

    as most pigeon listings are alphanumeric sorted and you will get the strange effect of year 2000+

    pigeons appearing before 199X pigeons. There … you have been warned!

    ; Many of the other fields can be populated from drop-down lists which you have interacted with

    above e.g. Feather Colour; Strain; Breeder; Location.

    ; There are other predefined and locked drop-down lists such as Sex and Status which are easy to use.

    ; There are drop-down lists attached to Sire and Dam however until you use the Pairs Management

    utility these lists will be unpopulated and you will need to type the full ring numbers manually.

    ; Type Long Details into the appropriate box and copy these comments into Short Details

    ; Click the ‘Add Another Pigeon’ button to save the current record and add further pigeons. Staying with the Add New Pigeons form, enter details of Pigeons previously housed in your lofts (old

    stock birds and racers) that remain in your current pigeons‟ ancestry.

     Finally, continue using the Add New Pigeons form and enter details of all other reference pigeons (from

    the original pedigrees supplied to you by their breeders/vendors) that will ultimately appear in the printed

    pedigrees of your own team of pigeons.

     Hereafter should you wish to view and/or amend details of any or all pigeons, or even delete pigeons

    entered in error, this can only be achieved within the View / Maintain Pigeons utility

     Return to the Main Menu and left-click the Pigeon

    Management button.

    ; Now left-click the View / Maintain Pigeons.

    ; Having previously entered all available details

    about living, lost, dead, and reference pigeons

    you are now in a position to view the details of

    any recorded pigeon and to produce full

    pedigrees of any pigeon currently living in

    your lofts, and indeed past racers and

    favourites.

    ; Select the pigeon(s) you wish to review by

    using any of the five available options … by

    Status, by Location, by Family, by Breeder, or

    by Ring Number. Then click the View Data

    Cards button.

    ; Using whichever drop-down list you choose will bring up the full information card for each pigeon within

    your selection criteria.

    ; You can view and/or edit any of the information displayed and produce reports such as Pedigrees. Any

    pigeons entered in error can also be deleted by clicking the „Dustbin‟ icon at the bottom of the page.

     Please note that to prevent accidental changes you will NOT be able to change a Ring # in this section.

     Printing a Pedigree

     LoftOrganiser gives you the choice of printing

    2/3/4 generation pedigrees in portrait or landscape

    mode … some incorporating colour photographs

    and/or colour backgrounds … and some just plain

    black and white … you choose the format that suits Various pedigree you best! reports can be accessed from this button … Once a pigeon has been added you can access its

    full record in the View/Maintain Pigeons utility

    and access the Pedigree reports via the Pedigree

    Selector button.

     All pedigrees will print your Loft Logo stored

    within your Licence Details, in the top-right corner!

     Portrait1 gives you the ability to print a portrait

    pedigree with a picture of the Pigeon and pictures

    of its Sire and/or Dam. This is, as far as we‟re

    aware, a wholly unique report available ONLY in

    LoftOrganiser! A special „watermark‟ can also be

    designed for you and embedded within this

    report … please ask us for more details.

     Portrait2 gives you the ability to print a portrait

    pedigree with pictures of the Sire and/or Dam. A

    „watermark‟ can also be designed for you and

    attached to this report.

     Portrait3 has no photographs but can have a

    „watermark‟ can also be designed for you and

    attached to this report.

     Portrait4 has no photographs or watermark and may be adopted as your „normal‟ layout.

     Landscape1 has a SKY background and incorporates one or more of the Pigeon, Sire, or Dam photographs held

    in LoftOrganiser. The SKY background can be varied to something you‟d more prefer but please ask us for

    guidance on how to achieve this.

     Landscape2 has a blank background and no photographs. 2-Generation pedigrees can be used if all you want is to print the picture and details of a pigeon with just two

    generations of pedigree to its side. Select which of these two reports to use depending on which way (left or right)

    the pigeon is facing!

     Racing Information

     Return to the Main Menu and left-click the Racing Management button. You need to attend to the following areas:

    -

    ; Left-click the Clubs button

     The Clubs form is where you enter address

    and memberships details of all of the Clubs

    to which you are affiliated.

     You can enter as many Clubs as are

    required … but be sure and classify each

    Club correctly using the „Club Type‟ drop-

    down list.

     Complete all fields. This is important

    because when you come to make entries in

    the Race Register, information about your

    Clubs will already need to be in place.

     Also, your Club race entry/marking sheets

    will utilise some or all of this information.

     Exit the Clubs form

    ; Left-click the Race Points and Distances button

     You have opened a form where you can

    enter all Race Points and Flying Distances

    to your lofts, as advised to you by the

    RPRA or other relevant governing body or

    Union.

     Complete all fields except the Kilometres

    and Sixtieths fields (these will calculate

    automatically based on the information

    entered in the Miles and Yards fields).

     Exit the Race Points and Distances form

     Please note that your Union Code plus

    Latitude and Longitude co-ordinates are

    entered and stored in the Licence Details

    form dealt with earlier in these notes.

     Exit the Race Points and Distances form

    You have now completed the essential maintenance and initial pigeon introductions required by LoftOrganiser and all

    functionality will now be available to you. You will be able to generate Pedigrees in many different styles, print various

    listings of pigeons, manage your breeding pairs, create and complete Pigeon Races, generate complete racing histories for

    each and every one of your pigeons, and so much more!

     Creating and Managing a Race

     The steps required to create and manage a race are as follows

    ; Add Race by first clicking the Add Race(s) button then completing the short form which then appears

     Enter a unique Race Reference e.g.

    2006/01; 2006/02; etc

     Selecting Race Type e.g. Old Bird

     Selecting a Racepoint from the drop-down

    list

     Selecting a Club from the drop-down list

     Entering the anticipated Liberation Date

    ; Add further races as required before closing the form and returning to the Race Manager which will now have been updated to include any new races added

    ; Complete Race Structure when the Race Manager screen re-appears

     Add the Entry Fee for each pigeon

     Add any Clock Fee payable

     Enter any Hours of Darkness applicable

    for the duration of the race

     Enter the Liberation Time when known

     Enter the Wind/Weather at liberation when

    known

     Select the Pools Set to be used in

    conjunction with this race

    ; Entries and Pools

     Select the Ring Number of each entry

    from the drop-down list

    ; The list is context-sensitive i.e. if you

    have indicated in the Race Manager

    that the race is for Young Birds then

    the list will comprise exclusively of

    pigeons classified as Young Bird

    Racers in the Pigeon Management

    section.

    ; Pigeons with an existing Racing Status

    of „A‟ in any other current or past race

    will be excluded from this list. Until

    this Racing Status is updated (see how

    to do this in the Arrivals section below) to a code other than „A‟ then such pigeons will not be offered

    for entry into any other race

     Optionally, you can record the Entry Condition of each pigeon. This information will not be printed out

    on any race entry sheet you take to your local club, but may be important information for you when

    analysing your results later in the season as a pattern may emerge for individual pigeons or your loft as a

    whole.

    ; If, for example, a pigeon is sitting eggs or feeding youngsters you can (optionally) record the number

    of Days the pigeon has been in that mode

     Select the Marking Club for each entry

    from the drop-down list

    ; Only Clubs which have been flagged

    with a Club Type of „Club‟ in the My

    Pigeon Racing and Showing Clubs

    section will appear in this list.

    ; This is especially if important if you

    are someone who sends pigeons to the

    SAME race in two or more different

    local clubs, as defining your Marking

    Club here will enable separate entry

    sheets to be printed for each club!

     Pools Entry (please see later notes)

    ; Close this form and return to the Race Manager

     You can print four different types of Race Entry form all of which are suitable for presenting at marking

    at your local club but each have slightly different content. They will all be headed up with your Name &

    Address details plus your Loft Code and Lat/Long Co-Ordinates, Race Point and Flying Distance. The

    detail section lists all Ring Numbers, Colours, and Sexes with Cocks first followed by Hens in

    alphanumeric order.

    ; Club1 … portrait layout with club officials able to record Outside and Inside Rubber codes; Arrival

    Time; and Velocity.

    ; Club2 … portrait layout with club officials able to record Outside and Inside Rubber codes; and for

    you to manually mark your Club Pools against each pigeon

    ; Club3 … landscape layout with club officials able to record Outside and Inside Rubber codes; and

    for you to manually mark your Club, Federation, and Combine Pools against each pigeon

    ; Club4 … portrait layout with club officials able to record Outside and Inside Rubber codes; and if

    you have used the in-built Pools Entry feature the pool codes will be printed against each pigeon and

    the total cost of these Pools built into your race entry summary.

     Additionally you can print out what we call a Loft Sheet which is intended for you to use in your loft on

    race days to manually record arrival times. This printout will show the Family/Strain (e.g. Janssen;

    Busschaert) of each pigeon and the Entry Condition of each pigeon if you have recorded this information

    when making your race entries.

    ; Arrivals and Velocities

     Click the Arrivals button

     Each Ring Number entered in the race will

    appear down the left-hand side of the

    screen

     Click into the pigeon whose arrival data

    you wish to update

    ; Click open the Racing Status drop-

    down list

     Change the Racing Status to B if

    the pigeon has actually been

    clocked

     For ALL of your other entries you

    MUST change the Racing Status to code B-G at the end of the race and certainly BEFORE you

    next wish to enter these pigeons into another race. If you leave any pigeon with a Racing Status

    of A it will not be available for entry in any other race!

    ; Enter the Time of Arrival

     Flying Time and Velocity will be calculated the moment you click into any other field.

    ; Unless the pigeon has arrived on a day other than the liberation date leave the Racing Day as 1.

     If you are recording a Day 2 or Day 3 pigeon in a long distance race then correct flying times and

    velocities will not be calculated unless you have completed the Hours of Darkness in the Race

    Manager section.

    ; You don‟t necessarily have to record a Time of Arrival and/or Racing Day for any un-clocked

    pigeons but your never know how useful this information may be to you later in the season when

    analysing you whole loft‟s performances.

    ; Enter any positions won in

     Position Loft … enter the arrival order of each pigeon

     Position Club … what position did this pigeon take in your Club result

     Position Federation … what position did this pigeon take in your Federation result

     Position Combine/Amal … what position did this pigeon take in your Combine/Amal result

     Position Section … what position did this pigeon take in your Section result

     Position Open … what position did this pigeon take in your Open result

    ; Similarly enter any cash Pools and Prizes won in the appropriate fields ; Print Result

     Click the Result button to print a list of your race arrivals in descending velocity order

     Whilst arrivals and velocities are created and grouped by race it is possible to access the complete racing history for an individual pigeon from its own data card

    ; This allows you to analyse performances of your

    pigeons over an extended period of time

    ; Click the Racing History button to create a listing

    of all races entered by this pigeon

    ; Click the Racing Records button to access each

    individual race record for this pigeon

     For key/exceptional performances tick the

    Include this result in Highlights Report?

    check-box

     Click the Racing Highs button to access the racing highlights for this pigeon

     Pairings and Squeaker Management

     From the Main Menu left-click the Pigeon Management button then click View / Maintain Pairs

    ; Here you can store details of an unlimited

    number of breeding pairs.

    ; Assign a unique Pair number

     We recommend starting with 01 and

    ascending upwards in increments of 1 ; The Cock drop-down list will ONLY offer you

    Cocks that are alive and well in your lofts.

    Select the cock you require for this pairing. ; Now select the Hen that this Cock is paired to.

    The Hen drop-down list will ONLY offer you

    Hens that are alive and well in your lofts.

    Select the hen you require for this pairing. ; You can optionally store the Date Paired, Date

    of First Egg, and Hatch Date and also the Ring Number and Colour of each Squeaker produced by this pair.

    ; Once you wean the Squeakers off click the Add button and these squeakers will be automatically added to the

    pigeon database … please note that for this function to work COLOURS must be assigned to the squeakers. ; To clear the Pairing and Squeaker Details fields and prepare this Pair for its next round of eggs click the Reset

    button.

    ; To change a pairing it is probably cleanest to delete the original pairing and start the new pairing from scratch.

    Delete a pair by clicking/highlighting the grey square to the immediate left of the Pair and press the delete

    button on your keyboard.

    ; To delete all Pairs at the end of a Breeding Season click the Clear All Pairs button at the bottom of the screen.

     Descendants Tracking

     Return to the Main Menu and left-click the Pigeon

    Management button.

    ; Now left-click the View / Maintain Pigeons.

    ; Having previously entered all available details

    about living, lost, dead, and reference pigeons

    you are now in a position to view the details of Click this button to any recorded pigeon and to produce full access the ‘Descendants’ facility pedigrees of any pigeon currently living in

    your lofts, and indeed past racers and

    favourites.

    ; Select the pigeon(s) you wish to review by

    using any of the four available options … by

    Status, by Location, by Family, or by Ring

    Number.

    ; Using whichever drop-down list you choose

    will bring up the full information card for each

    pigeon within your selection criteria. ; Click the funny-looking triangular-shaped

    button to reveal a subsidiary screen for this

    pigeon where you can view the details of all

    Children and Grandchildren currently in your

    loft bred from the selected pigeon. In the

    example opposite we find two direct Children

    and thirty-nine Grandchildren of the well

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