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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

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

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
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
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 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
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
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
tools are currently available as downloadable microsoft excel spreadsheets
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
Future Access
  • As an app
  • As an online tool not needing excel
preview of the tools
Preview of the Tools
  • Feed Cost CowQLator v13 5 14_2013.xlsx
  • Corn Stalk Grazing Calculator 4_ 29_2013.xls
thank you

Thank-You

Matt Stockton

agmanagerstools.com

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