A Computerized Herd Health and Management System
According to the organizational chart, the National Institute of Veterinary Biodiversity is an institution under the Division of Livestock Technology Resources, Department of Veterinary Services. It started in 1980 in Pantai, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan under the name of the National Center for Nursing.
The center was relocated to Seberang district, Air Hitam, Johor in 1984 and in 1989 its relocation was relocated to Bukit Dinding, Jerantut, Pahang and is now known as the National Veterinary Biodiversity Institute in accordance with the renaming of the Department of Veterinary Services to the Department of Veterinary Services. It aims to show the true function and role of IBVK in the country's livestock industry.
The IBVK staff comprises a team of scientists specializing in animal husbandry, reproductive technology and molecular biotechnology where the team is assisted by a skilled veterinary team. The IBVK complex covers 181.4 hectares and is equipped with Cement Laboratory, Embryo Laboratory, Molecular Laboratory and houses selected elite livestock from various breeds. Another 98.5 hectares were used for pasture development.
The E-Genetik program is an animal health and management software program that helps daily animal management, herd performance monitoring and problem analysis. Data entry to the program uses a data dictionary and includes an error-checking system that ensures the consistency and appropriateness of data entered. E-Genetik performs health management functions, provides a convenient user interface, ensures uniform data across farms by using a standard data dictionary, can be fully integrated with decision-making software programs like DairyORACLE, and is flexible enough to be useful for many types of dairy facilities.
Data are entered via a menu-based system. Animal events are organised around reproduction and lactation cycles and health records. Farm records include inventories for drug, feed and semen. Farm parameters can be established which customize the program for an individual farm. The database system is an integration of three schemas: the individual user's view, the community view and the storage system. The individual user's view must be easy to use, while the storage system must be compact enough to fit within the disc storage space on a microcomputer. This conflict requires a translation from one schema to another.
The E-Genetik program accomplishes this through a coding system which assigns a code number to each event. The program can add synonyms to this event dictionary by assigning the same code number to the synonym the user chooses. The E-Genetik program provides access to the large amounts of data required to aid in daily animal management, allow performance monitoring and analyse problems. Its highly integrated system is efficient and easy to use and maintain