Dairy Diagnostics Toolbox
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)
1: Annual Losses Due to Mastitis Above a Desirable Baseline Level
Excel spreadsheet developed by John Fetrow, VMD, MBA
2: Costs of Common Diseases
Excel spreadsheet developed by Chuck Guard, DVM
3: Cost of Raising Replacement Dairy Heifers
Penn State Excel spreadsheet
4: Flowchart for Evaluating Freestalls
Developed by Drs. Ken Nordlund and Nigel Cook, School of Vet Med, University of Wisconsin-Madison - 2001
5: Milk Yield Projection
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)
Midwest Plan Service (Iowa State University) - Objective University-based publications for agriculture
Penn State Dairy Team (formerly Dairy Alliance) - The dairy industry's source for educational programming based on unbiased Penn State Dairy research.
Penn State Forage Particle Separator - Designed to help determine the correct forage particle length needed to improve ruminant nutrition.
Understanding Dairy Markets - University of Wisconsin Dairy Marketing and Risk Management Program (a source for market information and price risk management principles)