Livestock Economics

ROBOT or PARLOR is a web decision tool for comparing the economics of robotic milking systems versus parlors, with Jim Salfer, Betty Berning, Kota Minegishi, and Marcia Endres of Dairy Extension at the University of Minnesota.

AIR_QUALITY_ECON.xlsm Tool to assist the operator of a livestock or poultry operation to calculate the costs and benefits of installing technologies to treat odors and chemicals that could be emitted from the facility. A four-part video explains how to use the tool: Part 1 – Introduction , Part 2 – Biofilters and Covers sheets , Part 3 – Scrubbers, Manure Belts, Buffers, and Digesters , Part 4 – Benefits and Summary , video script . Supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2010-85112-20520. (Requires MS Excel 2007 or later.)

Animal Waste/Manure Economics with Bob Koehler, Extension Educator at the Southwestern Minnesota Research and Outreach Center (This link takes you to the MANURWKST.XLS spreadsheet, news releases, PDFs of presented papers, Powerpoint slide sets, hand worksheets, and Excel spreadsheets).