Lot Edit Window

This window is where you enter information about a lot. See Core Concepts for more information about lots.

General 1 Tab

Lot Information

Date and Slaughter Information

The in and out dates shown here are for informational purposes only. They cannot be directly changed.

Based on the target weight and date you enter here, Fusion will calculate an estimated slaughter date each night. In general it should be come more accurate as the lot get closer to slaughter. The calculation can work differently depending on what information you enter in the Target Weight and Target Date fields as explained next.

This is how the calculation works:

The rest of the fields:

tip icon Note that the estimated slaughter date can be used as part of the formula to determine individual animal slaughter dates during a chuteside job if desired. For example, you might set up Fusion to calculate this date to be a good average for the lot and then have individual animals adjust to a date before or after this date based on their weight spread from the lot average. This can be done automatically during a chuteside job, including virtual jobs.

Animal Type

These fields are used to describe the animal type of the animals in the lot. See Core Concepts for more information about each attribute. If you set these up for the lot, animals within the lot can use these values for their individual animals during the first chuteside job they are part of as long as the job is set up correctly (see Job Definition Edit Window).

Growth Information

When Fusion calculates weight gain for existing animals each night, it can use a different model for each lot. The possibilities are:

The fields in this area are used to describe the growth formula you want Fusion to use each night.

General 2 Tab

Tracking Information

Lot Notes

Enter any notes you would like that are related to this lot.

Ownership Tab

A lot can have multiple ownerships, each with multiple owners, during its life. Fusion will figure out how to bill for the lot based on the current ownership and each owner's percentage. This tab is where you set up each ownership.

A lot must always have at least one ownership assigned, and each ownership must have at least one owner. Then a lot is first created, Fusion set up an ownership with your feedlot entity having 100% ownership. You can then change it from there.

To add a new ownership, click the + button below the Ownership list and then make the necessary changes to it. You can also use the Duplicate button to duplicate an existing ownership and then tweak it a bit which is faster if a new ownership isn't much different than a previous one. To remove an ownership, select it and click the - button.

With an ownership selected, you can change information about it:

The list of owners is in the bottom half of the window and you can change it once an ownership is selected. Click the + button to add a new owner. To remove an owner, select the owner and click the - button. To make changes to an owner, select it and change the fields to the right:

If you select an owner and click the Make 100% button, Fusion will change the owner's percentage such that the total of all owners will equal 100%.

Pre-Fusion Tab

When you first start using Fusion, you will probably already have cattle in the feedlot. Fusion provides a way to capture enough data about a lot that existed before transition day to create a closeout for it. We recommend creating a closeout in your old system on the day you transition and then use that information to fill out the fields here. You can also use these fields to store information for older lots that never existed in Fusion if you want basic historical information for comparison purposes. Once you have used Fusion for a time, you should not need to use these fields anymore.

To work properly, the information in these fields should reflect what was true as of midnight the day before transition day.

When Fusion calculates a closeout, it will take these values into account where applicable.

Lot Protocol Tab

You can assign actions that you want to be reminded of to a lot. These actions are called the lot's protocol. Actions can be set up to build on one another. For example, a reimplant action might be scheduled to take place 30 days after some other action. You can then print a weekly report that figures out what actions need to be taken care of during the week at a location based on all the lot protocols. This report is available from the Lot Protocol List window as well as from Fusion Office → Yard Reports → Lot Protocol Action List. Fusion recalculates trigger dates nightly.

To add a new action to the list, click the + button. To remove an action, select it and click the - button (you can select multiple actions to delete at the same time). To change an action, select it in the list and then use the fields below the list to make your changes. Since the timing of when an action when trigger can depend on the action before it, you can drag and drop actions within the list to reorder them.

Sometimes you may want to temporarily ignore an action (not have it print on a report), but you don't want to actually remove the action completely. In that case you can turn on the Ignore option directly in the list for that action.

Action Description

When To Trigger

You choice here determines when the action will be included on the lot protocol action reports.

This Action Affects

Normally an action is meant to affect an entire lot. For example, if the action was based on weight, Fusion would trigger it when the entire lot's average weight was at the trigger weight. However, you can ask Fusion to work with groups within a lot to a certain extent.

If you specify a group of animals, the lot protocol action report will show this information as well so it it known that the action doesn't apply to the whole lot.

Updating Trigger Dates

Trigger dates are recalculated each night. You can also click the Update Trigger Dates button for force a recalculation while you are working with a lot's actions.

Action Templates

You will probably use similar actions for many of your lots. If you do, we recommend creating one or more basic templates. You can then add one or more templates to new lots in order to build up a complete protocol very quickly.

When you click the Templates… button, you have the following options:

tip icon When working with templates it is usually best to not use the Specific Date way of triggering since the date for one lot will not make sense for another lot. Using the other ways of triggering ensure that all the dates are relative to the current lot.

Completing An Action

There are two ways of letting Fusion know an action has been completed. When you are setting a chuteside job up, one of the options is to let Fusion know you are completing a protocol action with the job. When the job is complete, Fusion will automatically mark the action as complete as well. The other way is to use the Lot Protocol Action List window to manually set a completion date for an action. See Lot Protocol List Window for more information.

Cattle In Tab

This tab is where you see an overview of loads of cattle that have entered the lot. At the bottom you will see a list of in cohorts associated with the lot as well as totals below that. At the top there is a way of overriding the in values when necessary. In old version of Fusion it was not possible to edit certain key values in an in cohort, so we provided a way of overriding the main values so that closeouts would be correctly calculated. Since you can now edit most key information in an in cohort, we strongly recommend editing in cohorts to fix mistakes rather than override these values. This will allow other areas of Fusion, such as inventory, which rely solely on cohorts for calculations, to work correctly.

Cattle In Values

In Cohorts

This is an embedded list of in cohorts associated with the lot. It works very similar to the main In Cohorts List window. See List Windows for help working with lists like this.

You may not always have the full paperwork when an in cohort is first entered. New in cohorts will have their Weights are accurate and Dollars are accurate fields turned off to start with. If either of those fields is turned off, Fusion will list the in cohort in this list in red so you know you may still need to enter the exact weight and/or pricing information.

You can edit an in cohort from this list by Double-Clicking it. You can add a new in cohort for this lot by clicking the Add An In Cohort button. This does the same thing as Fusion Core → Cohorts → New In Cohort, but it automatically fills in the Lot field.

Below the list are the totals for the in cohorts. This area will show the totals based on the in cohorts in the list regardless of whether the in values have been overridden.

Cattle Out Tab

This tab works very similar to the Cattle In tab, but is for cattle that are leaving the lot including deaths.

Cattle Out Values

Out Cohorts

This is an embedded list of out cohorts associated with the lot. It works very similar to the main Out Cohorts List window. See List Windows for help working with lists like this.

You may not always have the full paperwork when an out cohort is first entered. New out cohorts will have their Weights are accurate and Dollars are accurate fields turned off to start with. If either of those fields is turned off, Fusion will list the out cohort in this list in red so you know you may still need to enter the exact weight and/or pricing information.

You can edit an out cohort from this list by Double-Clicking it. You can add a new out cohort by clicking the Add Out Cohort button. This does the same thing as Fusion Core → Cohorts → New Out Cohort.

Below the list are the totals for the out cohorts. This area will show the totals based on the out cohorts in the list regardless of whether the in values have been overridden. They show totals for all kinds of out cohorts—including deaths.

Billing Tab

This tab is where you can change some billing related information that is specific to this lot.

Yardage History

One of the main billing categories is yardage which is calculated as the current yardage charge multiplied by head days. This is where you can change the yardage charge for a lot which can fluctuate over the life of a lot.

To change an existing yardage charge, select it in the list and make changes in the fields below the list. If you change the yardage for a date in the past, any reports you re-run from that time period will use the new yardage charge when re-calculating yardage. If the yardage charge changes during the life of the lot, click the + button to add a new yardage charge with a new start date. You can also remove a yardage charge by selecting it in the list and clicking the - button.

Other Items

An other item is a charge (which can be positive or negative) that doesn't fit into any of the other main billing categories (feed, drugs, inputs, yardage). This is also a good place to show discounts and other adjustments that need to be made. To add a new item, click the +. To change an item, select it in the list and make changes in the fields below. To remove an item, select it in the list and click the - button.

Projections Tab

Here you can enter your own projections for the lot. The Projections Calculator can be accessed from here so you can enter projections based either on historical data in Fusion or by using the other options the calculator provides. It is also possible to manually enter projection values if you want.

When you click the Open Projections Calculator button, the Projections Calculator window will open in a mode that lets it knows about the lot itself. You can then use the Projections Calculator window to come up with projections for the lot. See Projections Calculator for more information on using that window. When you are done, if you save the projections they will be returned to the Lot Edit window.

Normally it is just the Projection Values area that you are interested in, but we also show the inputs used to come up with the projections in the Input Values area.

After you have your projections, if you want the lot's estimated slaughter date to be the same as the date from your projection, click the Update Lot's Slaughter Date button. The Target Date field in the General 1 tab will be updated. (Remember that Fusion will recalculate the lot's estimated slaughter date during the night if a target weight is involved.)

If you don't want to use the Projections Calculator window, you can enter projection values manually. To do this, you must first unlock the values by clicking the Lock button. This requires the correct permissions. At this point you can override any of the values—inputs or projections.

If you only want to override the input values, you can use the Recalculate Projection Values button to update the projections values based on the input values.

Saving Changes

Click the Save button to save any changes you have made. Other parts of Fusion will become aware of the changes within about 10 seconds. If you would rather not keep changes you have made, click the Cancel button.

Getting Here

You can open this window by going to Fusion Core → Lots → New Lot or by creating or editing a lot from the Lot Center window.

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