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The development and use of two successful electronic decision aides. Presented By Dr. Matt Stockton June 10, 2013 University of Nebraska-Lincoln West Central Research Extension Center. My biggest fear has always been that I would develop a tool that didn’t fit the task.

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The development and use of two successful electronic decision aides

Presented By

Dr. Matt Stockton June 10, 2013

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

West Central Research Extension Center


My biggest fear has always been that I would develop a tool that didn’t fit the task

and/or was so complicated that it required more investment by the user than the value they perceived they gained


The Process

  • A recognized need

  • Develop a methodology to answer the need

  • Create the tool using the methodology

  • Test and validate the tool

  • Release the tool for use

  • Use the feedback from the use to continue to improve and develop the tool


The recognized needs

  • Deciding which feed is the best buy, depending on how I will use the feed ( energy, protein or DM source) (FCC)

  • How many cows can be grazed on a specific corn field and/or for how long depending on their size (CSC)


The Tools

  • The feed cost (FCC) and the corn stalk (CSC) “Cow-Q-Lators”

    • Both have come from a recognized need

    • Both are very practical in there application

    • Both contain information that is commonly needed and highly useful

    • Both are simple to apply and easy too learn


The FCC

  • Answers three questions at three levels

    • Establishes feed cost considering transportation, storage and feeding cost and efficiency

    • Provides a comparisons among costs for 4 feeds at a time

    • Calculates feed needs based on time, feeds and ration fed


The CSC

  • Can be used to calculate field rental rates or cost estimates of cattle based on

    • Animal size

    • Acres available

    • Number of animals

    • Management parameters

    • Corn yield


Access


Tools are currently available as downloadable microsoft excel spreadsheets

  • Spread sheet information is limited to simple information users have or can obtain

  • Spreadsheets are generally one page


Future Access

  • As an app

  • As an online tool not needing excel


Preview of the Tools

  • Feed Cost CowQLator v13 5 14_2013.xlsx

  • Corn Stalk Grazing Calculator 4_ 29_2013.xls


Discussion/Questions


Thank-You

Matt Stockton

agmanagerstools.com


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