Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: September 16, 1996
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: DAFOSYM is a simulation model of the dairy forage system. The model was written as a research tool for evaluating and comparing alternative technologies for the dairy farm. A simulation over 25 years of weather provides a prediction of the long term performance and economics of a dairy farm system. By simulating more than one system for the same base farm and weather data, performance and economic results can be compared to determine the best system. A Windows version of the model is now available that provides a teaching aid for use in classrooms and Extension workshops. The model illustrates the complexity of the many interactions among components of the dairy farm. By working with the model, the user can learn how changes in one component of the farm impact other components and the overall performance and economics of the farm. For the experienced user, the model may also provide information useful for strategic planning. DAFOSYM is published and distributed by the USDA's Agricultural Research Service. The model is available without charge through the World Wide Web from the home page of the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (http://www.dfrc.wisc.edu).