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DAIRYPRO—a knowledge-based decision support system for strategic planning on sub-tropical dairy farms. I. System description

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Kerr, D. V., Cowan, R. T. and Chaseling, J. (1999) DAIRYPRO—a knowledge-based decision support system for strategic planning on sub-tropical dairy farms. I. System description. Agricultural Systems, 59 (3). pp. 245-255. ISSN 0308-521X

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0308-521X(99)00007-4

Publisher URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308521X99000074


DAIRYPRO is a combination decision support and expert system consisting of two modules. The system is designed to help dairy farmers in northern Australia make strategic decisions about their farm. It can be run by dairy extension officers as a consultation package for farmers. The system is based on a combination of statistical models developed from real farm survey data and opinions from experts in the field of dairy farming. The first module gathers together the data needed to run predictive models and the system of rules that enable the program to make estimates of regional average production (using predictive statistical models) and achievable production (using heuristics). These predictions can be compared to the farmer's actual production. Farmers are then encouraged to make hypothetical changes to the inputs on their farm, and `what-if' scenarios of increased or decreased milk production are displayed. The profit or loss associated with these changes is determined. The second module of DAIRYPRO uses the `rules of thumb' of an expert to determine how four pre-defined components of the dairy farm compare to optimum performance. These components are: the winter feeding program, summer feeding program, concentrate feeding program and capital and labour inputs. DAIRYPRO is a useful decision support package for dairy farmers, bank managers, loans officers and farm consultants. ©

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Dairy farms Expert systems Decision support systems Statistical models
Subjects:Science > Statistics > Statistical software
Animal culture > Cattle > Dairying
Animal culture > Cattle > Dairy processing. Dairy products
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
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