Decision support system for cow-calf producers
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Sire selection is an important decision directly affecting ranch profitability. The need for decision-support software is increasing with the growing number of EPD available. The objective of this project was to develop web-based tools to evaluate production and economic outcomes from the use of alternative sires. A model which simulates the age structure of a herd to predict performance, revenues and costs while accounting for non-genetic effects such as age of the dam was constructed. Users provide a minimum number of production inputs comprising herd size, pregnancy rate, replacement rate, ...