Quickly, what is the cost-benefit of improving your 21-day pregnancy rate from 15 percent to 20 percent? Not many farmers can accurately answer that off the top of their head.

But that information can be critical to your profitability. To help calculate the right response for your farm, check out the “Dairy Reproductive Economic Analysis” tool from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. (Click here, then scroll down to find the link under “Reproduction”.)

This decision-support tool has been developed to assess the economic value of reproductive programs and, more importantly, to calculate the economic value of improving reproductive performance, explains Victor Cabrera, University of Wisconsin extension dairy management specialist.

The developers made every possible effort to present this tool as a practical, user-friendly application in spite of the complexity involved in the internal calculations. They also tried to keep the tool as a web-based system for easy use and application.

The tool comes with a 7-minute video demonstration that you should take a look before using it. “I also encourage you to read the one-page overview in the front page of the tool. Do not hesitate to contact me for further information or technical support,” he adds.

Source: University of Wisconsin, Madison