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This couldn’t be easier. Click the link based on what type of device you have and the app stores will walk you through the rest! If it’s your first time opening an account with SmartSteader, downloading the app will be free and you will be up and running with a 1-month free trial! See you on the other side!
For both Android and iOS: On the main Production Page, there are three lines in the upper left-hand corner. Tap those and a menu bar slides out. When you tap “My Account” you will see all the information about your subscription and how long it is valid through.
Yay! We were hoping you’d say that! Promo codes are a win-win. You get an even better deal on SmartSteader and we get to see which methods are best allowing us to connect with our fellow homesteaders. So thank you! Here’s how you get that code working its magic…
If you are brand new, never downloaded SmartSteader or don’t have an account yet, create an account and enter your promotion code. This works for both Android and iOS. It will be applied to your account and then you can click the link on that page to go to Google Play or The App store to download the app.
If you already have an account with SmartSteader go to the Promo page, sign in with the same account you use for your SmartSteader app, and then enter your code.
Sad day! We hope you’ll come back soon, but in the meantime, it will be exactly three taps to cancel your subscription. If you’re using a promotion code you can’t cancel, it will just expire on its own, no need for you to do a thing.
Both Android and iOS: On the main Production Page, there are three lines in the upper left-hand corner. Tap those and a menu bar slides out. When you tap “My Account” you will see all the subscription information and place to put in a promo code. Below that is a big button that says, “Cancel Subscription.” You guessed it! That is tap number 3!
We want to talk to you too! We are working on an in-app message center so that you can get help right in the comfort of your very own app. In the meantime contact us at [email protected]
The daily grind…ok, not so much grind as delightful user experience.
Tracking the numbers (how much you produce and how much you spend) can help you in several ways.
Spot Problems Quickly
You know what is normal…and when something changes and is not normal. For example, when our dairy cow didn’t give as much milk for a few days in a row, we knew that something wasn’t right. After ruling out parasites and sickness, we knew that it had to be feed. We re-evaluated what she was getting, adjusted our plan and she went right back up to full production.
When you try something new, you have a way to easily see what difference that made. We started with much older pigs this year that we did last year. Because we were tracking their feed and could quickly look at their trajectory we realized that it made more sense to process them 3 months sooner than we thought we would.
Make Better Decisions
Not only did we save $100+ on our pork this year because SmartSteader showed us it would cost more to keep feeding our pigs until winter than to butcher them now, but our decision next round of hogs will be much more informed. Then we can save even more by timing things better and do the processing ourselves!
Grow Food for Less
You can know exactly what a dozen eggs costs you…or a gallon of milk, or a pound of tomatoes…so you can make good decisions when you price your goods for sale or even just seen yourself get better at producing efficiently.
Android: On your main production record screen there will be a white “+” in a green circle. Tap that and give that thing a name. Then click the list below the name to select what type of record you are creating. Tap “Save” in the upper right-hand corner and it will be added to your main list. Swipe it to the left while on the main production screen to archive it.
iOS: Tap the “+” sign. Give it a name and use the scroll wheel to select what you are producing. Then tap the “Save” button in the upper right-hand corner. Now if you tap it on your main “Production Records” screen, you are ready to rock and roll. When you don’t want to see it anymore, you can swipe the name of the record to the left and have the choice to “delete” or “archive.” “Archive” adds it to a collapsible list called “Archived” there on the main screen, so it’s just hidden but not gone. “Delete” moves it to the collapsible list called “recently deleted.” Swiping to the left in the “recently deleted” lets you restore or delete permanently. There’s no going back from that one, so be careful.
Android: On your main production record screen tap the picture next to the name of the record you want to change. It will change into a check mark and up at the top you will see “Rename.” Tap that and a box will pop up with a space to type the new name.
iOS: Starting on the main “Production Records” screen, tap and hold the name you want to change. A box will pop up and you tap “Rename.” Enter the new name and you are all set.
Android: On your main production record screen there will be three white dots in the upper right-hand corner. Tap those dots then tap “Reorder.” Suddenly every record will have a group of three lines next to it. Tap and hold the lines next to the record you want to move to pick it up, then you can drag it up and down the list.
iOS: On your main production record screen there will be the word “Edit” in the upper right-hand corner. Tap “Edit” and suddenly every record will have a group of three lines next to it. Tap the lines (but don’t hold) next to the record you want to move to pick it up, then you can drag it up and down the list.
Android: On your main production record screen tap and hold the picture next to the name of the record you want to change. It will change into a check mark and up at the top your will see “Rename” next to a box with an arrow (tapping that icon will archive it) and then a trash can. Tap the trash can to delete the record. It will then be moved to the “Recently Deleted” list at beneath your records.
iOS: Starting on the main “Production Records” screen, swipe the record to the left then click delete. “Delete” moves it to the collapsible list called “Recently Celeted.” Swiping to the left in the “Recently Deleted” list lets you restore or delete permanently. There’s no going back from that one, so be careful.
Android: On your main production record screen tap the record you want to change or add an expense for. It will bring you to that record. The Expense tap at the top will bring you to the Expense page and you can tap the white “ + “ in a green circle in the bottom right corner to add a new expense.
iOS: Starting on the main “Production Records” screen, tap the Record you want to record an expense against. Then tap the “Expenses” icon on the very bottom of the screen to the middle left. Click “Add an Expense” and you’re ready to track what your darling critters are costing. From here you can also tap the calendar icon in the upper right corner to see your expenses by month, with a running total for the year at the top under the year.
From inside the “Production Record” you are wondering about (let’s call it “Garden”), tap the Graph Icon that says “Cost” on the bottom of your screen. This will pull up all your costs for Garden by month with an overall average up at the top under the year you are looking at.
For both Android and iOS: Starting on the main “Production Records” screen, tap the “pencil” icon to the right of the record name. You will be taken straight to today’s date and be all set up to type in a number. Tap “Done” and the number is saved. We use this every day with our egg record and our milking record.
We don’t harvest meat everyday so the main difference is that tapping the “quick entry” pencil icon brings you to the current month instead of a specific day. When you choose to add a harvest, you can do it two ways depending on what information is important to you. Let’s take meat chickens as an example: you could record all the birds as a big whole – “harvest type” = Red Rangers Spring 2017, “Quantity” = 15, “Weight” = 120 lbs., “Date” = [date you processed]
OR you could enter in one bird at a time – “harvest type” = Red Rangers Spring 2017, “Quantity” = 1, “Weight” = 8.5 lbs., “Date” = [date you processed] and then you repeat for all 15 birds. Pork or Beef could be handled the same way with each cut or product receiving its own entry – “harvest type” = Bacon sides Black Pig 2017, “Quantity” = 2, “Weight” = 40 lbs., “Date” = [date you processed]
Android: Starting on the main “Production Records” screen, tap the record you want to take notes on. Then tap the “Notes” icon on the very top of the screen to the far right. Tap the white “+” in a green circle in the bottom right corner to add a new note and your off recording those vast stores of knowledge floating about in your head. All your notes for that record will be arranged by date recorded.
iOS: Starting on the main “Production Records” screen, tap the record you want to take notes on. Then tap the “Notes” icon on the very bottom of the screen to the far right. Click “Add a note” and your off recording those vast stores of knowledge floating about in your head. All your notes for that record will be arranged by date recorded.
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I want to be outside the box too!
OK first, we are absolutely going to be developing an actual breeding record for the app. We don’t have one yet, but we have a temporary solution for you! If you think about the sale of a baby animal as a “harvest” of dollars, the “custom production record” can work…here’s what you do:
First, we see two ways to do this: by herd or flock or sounder (so you get the bottom line for all your breeding endeavors) OR by mother (so you see how each individual mama is working).
-Create a new “Custom Production Record”
-If you want to track all your herd (flock, pack, etc.) breeding numbers in one record, give it your herd name (or whatever)
-If you are tracking specific females, create a new record for each mama and give it her name.
– Go into the record and tap “add a harvest”
– “Harvest Type” will be the mother’s name (or other identifier). I used Daisy and Oreo (both goat does for our example).
– “Quantity” will be 1 (that’s the baby)
– (Here’s where it’s weird) “weight” will be the amount the kid sold for. So for now lbs. is actually $$$ (this one sold for $50.00)
– “Date” is the sale date
– Now you can repeat for additional kids and other does.
The breeding record will now list the kids under their dam and you can see the total amount of money you got for her kids, it will just have lbs. after it.
– You can make notes to remind you which kid sold for how much. Tap “notes” at the bottom of the record, name the note for the doe, and enter something like “Brown buckling sold to the Smith family for $50.00.”
Now expenses! (using “stud fee” as the example):
-When you are in the production record, tap “expense” at the bottom of the screen.
-Tap “add an expense”
– “Vendor Name” will be something like “[sire/buck name] X [the dam/doe name]”
– “Product” will be “stud fee”
– “Quantity” = 1, “price” = cost of stud fee, and “date” = date bred
– You can repeat that for vaccines or disbudding or other expenses
***You see the “Product” name on your expense page not what you put in for “Vendor Name” ***
This will let you spread shared expenses like a stud fee over all the kids.
– Now when you tap “cost”, at the top under the year it will have “average: $0.72/lb” (for our example). The way you think about that is, “I spent $0.72 to get $1.00 back.” If it’s $1.00/lb you broke even and if it is more than $1.00 you lost money on the kids. If it’s less than $1.00/lb you take the difference ($0.28) times the total amount you received ($180) and you have your profit ($50.40)
Single Animal Tracking
This is pretty much exactly like tracking a whole herd except the expenses are only spread over the one animal and her off spring. The example is for a dog and puppies but could easily be named to track a cow/calf pair, a rabbit doe and kits, or a single goat and kids.
– Go into the record and tap “Add a Harvest”
– “Harvest Type” will be the mother’s name (or other identifier). I used Missy (a livestock guardian dog) for our example.
– “Quantity” will be 1 (that’s the puppy)
– (Here’s where it’s weird) “Weight” will be the amount the puppy sold for. So for now lbs. is actually $$$ (this one sold for $600.00)
– “Date” is the sale date
– Now you can repeat for the rest of the puppies in that litter.
The breeding record will now list the puppies under their dam and you can see the total amount of money you got for her litter, it will just have lbs. after it.
– You can make notes to remind you all the details of that litter: genders and markings, vaccination dates, sale dates, etc.
Expenses and Costs are just the same as herd tracking.
We hope that will help you keep tabs on breeding until our official breeding record is added to SmartSteader! Please email us with any questions or suggestions!
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