What’s new in Version 13?

2bZooEasy Version 13 is available now and has several new and improved features. In this blog you will find what has changed to improve your ZooEasy experience.

New: how relevant is the inbreeding percentage?
At this moment, you see at a glance the inbreeding percentage of each animal. An inbreeding percentage of 0% is excellent. But this number is not of any value when the parents of this animal are unknown. That’s why we now automatically calculate how many ancestors are known. This number is expressed in the abbreviation EEG (Equivalent Entire Generations). Now you know how valuable your information is.

The EEG is calculated as follows:
Every ancestor has a certain value:
Parent: 0,5
Grandparent: 0,25
Greatgrandparent: 0,125
Greatgreatgrandparent: 0,0625, etc.

Our software counts up all the ancestors. If you know both parents of the animal, but have no further information of other descendants, the EEG is: 0,5+0,5 = 1. Do you also have information about all 4 grandparents, the calculation is: 0,5+0,5+0,25+0,25+0,25+0,25 = 2. But if you know the mother and 2 grandparents, but you don’t know the parents on father’s side, the EEG value becomes 1,5. In short: the higher the number, the more exact the chance that your inbreeding percentage provides a good reflection of reality.

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New: completeness pedigree
Besides the EEG you can also quickly see how complete the pedigree of each animal is. The value indicates how many complete generations are known. For example, if both parents and all 4 grandparents of the animal are in the database, you will have 2 complete generations. But if both parents of the animal are known, but only 3 grandparents, you only have 1 complete generation.

The completeness of your pedigree says something about the value of the indicated inbreeding percentage. The more generations of ancestors are complete, the more reliable your inbreeding percentages are. In addition, you quickly see which data is still missing. For example, use the search function to look for all animals with less than 10 generations of complete pedigrees. Now you know exactly which animals you can research to find out more about their ancestors.

What’s the difference between completeness pedigree and EEG?
The values of the completeness pedigree and EEG can sometimes be the same. The EEG indicates how many ancestors are known in total. This counts every ancestor in your database. The feature completeness pedigree only checks the number of complete generations. As soon as there’s 1 ancestor missing, the count stops and this generation isn’t counted for the number of complete generations.

New: transfer certificate
Breeders can use a transfer certificate when selling their animal. The certificate shows the contact details of the current and new owner, a detailed description of the animal and a health statement. Read more in this blog about the transfer certificate for bird breeders.

Improved features
–        Have you added contact details of judges to your Show results? From now on you find these contacts in your list of contacts, in the tab Judges. Tip: walk through this list once to see if the initials, name and contact details are complete.
–        When you print a pedigree of an animal, you can now also add the results of each show in the list with results.
–        Do you add an animal via the pedigree? Now you can add the status color and deceased date. This will prevent you for editing parent animals (who have deceased in many cases) twice in order to get your data right.

Do you currently use Version 11 or lower?
Then you can also upgrade directly to Version 13. You will even find more new features than mentioned in this article. Which new features you can expect, depends on your current version.

–        Click here for changes since Version 12
–        Click here for changes for Version 11 and below

How do I upgrade to Version 13?
Do you use ZooEasy at this moment? Then just follow these next few steps:

1.      Click here or copy the following link to your browser: http://standalone.zooeasy.com/
2.      Choose your animal species*
3.      Click on Order now
4.      Do you already use ZooEasy? Click on the tab Subscriptions
5.      Choose your version: CD-Rom or Download and click on Order by Internet
6.      Fill in your discount code: ZV13 and receive 20% discount. This is automatically processed
7.      Fill in the form
8.      Check your details and pay your order

*Is your animal species not in this list? Choose a random animal species. At step 7 you can choose the right animal species from the extended list.

As soon as you receive your license code from us, you can start using Version 13. Would you like to continue with your own data right away? Just import your own database to Version 13. This way you continue where you have left.

New: transfer certificate for birds

1bDo you trade a lot with bird breeders abroad? Then you may have to deal with their request or legal obligation for a transfer certificate. The Dutch Association for Bird (NBvV) has consolidated with ZooEasy and together we have made a transfer certificate available to make international trades easier. Now someone abroad can buy your birds and import them with the correct document. In addition, the transfer certificate gives information about the health of the bird, so the new owner can now breed responsibly with these birds.

Where do I find the transfer certificate in Version 13?
1. Click on the menu Birds
2. Click on a bird
3. Click on Details
4. Click on the tab Reports
5. Now choose the option Transfer certificate

What information is on the transfer certificate?
The transfer certificate shows all information that is needed by the new owner of the animal. Here you will find:

  • Name and contact details of the owner
  • Name and contact details of the buyer
  • Description of the bird
  • Confirmation that the bird was transferred in good health
  • Signature of the current and new owner

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Legislation
In some countries, like Germany, a transfer certificate is required by law. In addition, it sometimes depends on the bird species you buy or sell. This transfer certificate meets the requirements of the NBvV and that of the international trade.

Advantages of a transfer certificate
Even if you don’t transfer your animals to breeders abroad, you can still have advantages by using this transfer certificate. By this certificate, you as a buyer are better protected by law if your bird does happen to have an illness. In addition, you can add extra information about the bird for the new owner. For example, add information about the descent and inbreeding of the animal. With this information you give the new owner extra knowledge to handle your birds with care. Finally, a transfer certificate is useful for your own records, so even after a busy show you know exactly who you sold your birds too, or who you bought your birds from. You can add this information to your ZooEasy software.

How did ZooEasy came up with the transfer certificate?
We choose to add a transfer certificate after talking to the NBvV. Together we have made a certificate which meets all requirements, but it still quite understandable. Print this certificate and add your information on the spot, or select an animal and ZooEasy will fill in all the required information automatically.

Is the transfer certificate also available for other animal species?
This certificate has been developed mainly for the demands of bird breeders, but you can also use this transfer certificate when selling or buying other animal species. ZooEasy adds the details of your animal automatically in your transfer certificate, or you can choose to print an empty form, where you fill in your information later.

The transfer certificate is available since December 2016 in Stand Alone Version 13 and will soon also be available in ZooEasy Online.

Coming soon: release ZooEasy Version 13

ZooEasy Stand AloneAt the start of December we will release ZooEasy Version 13. Here we have included several new features including a little extra for (international) bird breeders. At this moment we’re in the last testing phase, but we’re happy to tell you what to expect from the new version.

More knowledge about your animals
Enthusiasts of numbers and genetics are all excited about the new feature ‘equivalent entire generation’. With this you will soon be able to see the inbreeding of your animals, plus how complete the information is where the inbreeding number is based on. That makes the outcome of this value even more valuable.

We will also automatically calculate how complete the pedigree of each animal is. That value is indicated by a number. For example, if you have added both parents and 4 grandparents, the value is 2. If you also added all greatgrandparents, this value is 3. It’s easy to gain quick insights to your incomplete pedigrees, so you can add extra information when this is available.

Transfer certificate for bird breeders
Bird breeders benefit from the new transfer certificate. This is a form to use when you buy or sell birds. A transfer certificate isn’t a legal obligation in most countries, but some bird breeders need to use this by their countries law. That’s why we have drawn up a transfer certificate in close cooperation with the Dutch Associations of Bird enthusiasts (NBvV).

Why have we developed a new version?
In the past we thought ZooEasy Version 12 would be the last version of this stand alone program. But we noticed that many breeders love the program still very much. Some like it better because the Stand Alone version contains different features such as the finances, others appreciate the option to have their program on just one computer. That’s why we have added and improved several features.

Want to know more?
The new version is available at the beginning of December 2016. Are you already using ZooEasy? Then you will receive an e-mail from us as soon as Stand Alone Version 13 is available.