Evaluating dairy herd management and ration formulation microcomputer software in the United States

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Abstract

A study was done during 1982-1983 to develop criteria by which farmers, agribusiness and extension personnel could evaluate dairy herd management and ration formulation software for onfarm microcomputers. Ration-balancing programs were generally rated higher than herd management programs on the criteria used. A second study was conducted during 1985-1986 using a system to determine a relative value of the software based on the number of items that the program will record, summarize, evaluate, and/or report. This later study found herd management and ration-balancing programs to be very diverse in their ability to perform these operations. This is likely due to the diversity in types of end-users that are purchasing this software and the demand that they create.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-271
Number of pages9
JournalComputers and Electronics in Agriculture
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Horticulture

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