The mission of the Minnesota Dairy Initiatives program is to energize a healthy and vibrant dairy industry in Minnesota. Systematic evaluation of dairies to accurately identify opportunities for herd improvement is key to dairy diagnostic team success. The Minnesota Dairy Diagnostics Tool Box is intended to support dairy diagnostic team professionals in completing an accurate and comprehensive analysis of a dairy farm business. The process begins with the "General Assessment Form", which will provide a general overall description of the dairy. Reference is given to specific and more detailed worksheets, factsheets and Web sites within the "General Assessment Form", which are intended to aid in delving deeper into herd problem areas.
4: Goal Form - Estimate of Economic Losses
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin
See: Johne's Disease Dairy Risk Assessment Form
(MN Board of Animal Health)
Annual Losses Due to Mastitis Above a Desirable Baseline Level
Excel spreadsheet developed by John Fetrow, VMD, MBA
Costs of Common Diseases
Excel spreadsheet developed by Chuck Guard, DVM
Cost of Raising Replacement Dairy Heifers
Penn State Excel spreadsheet
Flowchart for Evaluating Freestalls
Developed by Drs. Ken Nordlund and Nigel Cook, School of Vet Med, University of Wisconsin-Madison - 2001
Milk Yield Projection
Photoperiod Management of Dairy Cattle
Illinois TRAILL management tool that increases efficiency of the lactating cow
Availa4 (ZinPro) - An excellent resource for dairy diagnostics teams. This Web site contains a lameness factsheet, scorecard, economics calculator and video clip.
Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota (access to FinBin benchmarking)
Chicago Mercantile Exchange (look up current milk price and future contracting)
Dairy Alliance (Penn State) - The mission of Dairy Alliance is to enhance the economic development of the Pennsylvania dairy industry through focused educational efforts.
Midwest Plan Service - Objective University-based publications for agriculture
Understanding Dairy Markets - University of Wisconsin Dairy Marketing and Risk Management Program (a source for market information and price risk management principles)