Dairy Wizard

BuildingDairy Wizard is a set of simple, easy to use downloadable calculators that enable you to understand the cost implications for different housing, parlour and slurry storage situtations before making substantial investments. 

Housing Wizard - an interactive model which allows you to look at the capital and operational cost implications for a range of housing options based on your own farm situation using typical housing cost data.

Parlour Wizard - for farmers considering replacing or upgrading milking equipment and facilities the Parlour Wizard allows different parlour types and functionality to be compared and costed based on individual farm data including cow numbers, labour availability and input costs.

The Parlour Wizard has three key components:

1. Existing milking routines and milking efficiency

2. New parlour options and the effects of automation

3. A financial report allowing comparisons between various parlour options

Slurry Wizard – designed to help dairy farmers upgrading or replacing slurry storage. The wizard enables you to understand whether there is adequate slurry storage, explore different strategies and weigh up the cost benefits of different ways to tackle under-capacity.

The Slurry Wizard has three key components.

1. To calculate the existing slurry capacity

2. To calculate the existing slurry production

3. A report to look at the monthly production compared to existing storage

The wizard also shows whether your farm is compliant with NVZ regulations around storage capacity and nitrogen loading.

The AHDB Dairy booklet ‘Cost effective slurry strategies on dairy farms’ should be read before using the Slurry Wizard.

If you have any questions, please contact David Ball our Technical Manager for Buildings & Infrastructure - Mobile: 07773 234524 Email: david.ball@ahdb.org.uk