SimHerd is a computer model of a dairy herd. In over two decades the model has been applied and further developed within the research field of dairy herd management and animal health economics at Aarhus University. Analyses with SimHerd have been included in over 30 papers in scientific journals.
SimHerd adds value for the farmer in three ways:
- Operational: SimHerd quantifies the economic potential of improving management: “What if we improve pregnancy rates or udder health”? SimHerd developed a specific application screening the herd for low hanging fruits: the economic analysis of animal health
- Strategic: forecast herd development under different conditions and breeding strategies. “What if we expand the herd with and without using sexed semen? or what if we invest in better calving facilities?”
- ROI: SimHerd can estimate the Return on Investment (ROI) in technology, vaccination, welfare-improvements and milking-technique. A condition for performing these analyses, often in collaboration with the developers of such technology (SCR by Allflex) or vaccines (HIPRA), is that the functionality of the technology has been documented in scientific journals.