Better Software, Better Evaluation

Better Software, Better Evaluation

New version of Excel, designed to help beef producers figure out indirect costs of supplements, available on K-State website.

A new version of a computer Excel spreadsheet called SUPPCOST, designed to assist beef cattle producers in evaluating the indirect costs associated with delivering supplements to beef cattle , is now available on Kansas State University's AgManager http://www.agmanager.info and animal science http://www.ksubeef.org websites. 

"Given the era of high fuel prices and labor, we believe this software is a good tool for producers to evaluate their individual operations," said Dale Blasi, beef specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Blasi, along with K-State extension agricultural economist, Kevin Dhuyvetter, developed the computer spreadsheet in DOS format more than 15 years ago. The updated version requires users to have MS Excel.

"Program options can be modified to account for the diversity in cattle management and supplements found throughout the United States," Dhuyvetter said.

The Suppcost spreadsheet can be found on the Web at: http://www.ksubeef.org. Click on Suppcost in the Beef Cattle section.

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