Sanderson's other project is the development of a Web-based modeling tool to help cattle producers evaluate the impact of cow-calf diseases on their herd. Although such modeling is common regarding the financial risks of beef production, Sanderson said that in the beef industry it is more unusual to find such modeling tools for disease risk.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded project is working on a software program to assess the health risk and economic impact of two diseases, bovine viral diarrhea and trichomoniasis. Producers will enter information like the size of their herd and the number of imported cattle, and the program will provide a multiyear simulation of the production and economic impacts if these diseases were introduced into the herd and the economic impact for the producer.
When the project is complete, Sanderson said producers and veterinarians will be able to use the program by visiting a Web site. The Web-based program will offer added insight to disease risk and cost and supplement the expertise of the local veterinarian.
"Our goal is to help producers make good management decisions," Sanderson said.
CONTACT: Mike Sanderson of Kansas State University, +1-785-532-5700, email@example.com.
|SOURCE Kansas State University|
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