The main concept across Figured is that you first create your forecasts which can be captured in a snapshot, and then day-to-day enter actual information and re-forecast as needed.
When you first get to your livestock tracker, the first thing you'll see is your livestock reconciliation according to the global date settings you have set at the top of your page.
Your livestock tracker can be viewed for actuals, forecasts, and a combination of actuals + forecasts.
Building your livestock trackers forecasts
You can build your livestock trackers forecasts by either:
Entering in a monthly mode
Entering in a detailed mode
Building your livestock trackers forecasts: Monthly mode
When you are in monthly mode, each stock class and transaction type you click into (e.g. R2 Heifers - Sales) will display 12 months for you to populate data into.
This is great if you don't know the specific details of your livestock movements just yet, but you do generally know that x stock are born in this month, and you'd expect to sell y stock in these months.
The monthly mode is intended to be used for entering many transactions at the same time. Because of this, a standard cash / profit date will be applied to every transaction added in via monthly.
When entering transactions for a month, it will give each transaction a cash / profit date of the first of your selected month.
NOTE: You would only create an ageing out transaction as this in turn creates the corresponding ageing in transaction.
Building your livestock trackers forecasts: Detailed mode
When you are in a detailed mode, each stock class and transaction type you click into will allow you to raise forecast transactions one by one.
This gives you the ability to add a greater level of detail at a per transaction level.
As the year progresses and circumstances change, you'd want to come into your livestock tracker forecasts and re-forecast - edit or delete existing transactions, add new ones, and get an immediate view of what your forecasted stock rec will look like and how that'll affect your cashflow.
Using and updating your livestock tracker day-to-day with actual information
After the initial forecast creation, your livestock tracker is now ready to use as often (or as little) as you need to keep on top of your stock reconciliation.
Post your actual sales and purchase information to your preferred cloud-based accounting software as they happen on the farm, or come back in later and reconcile any movements that may have been captured on your accounting software but missed on Figured.
For video tutorials check out our YouTube Livestock Tracker playlist here.