25 August 1995

Milk quota   predictions by computer

MILK producers can now forecast milk output using lifetime lactation figures for individual cows with the Automatic Quota Prediction service from Orchid Data Systems.

It claims the new program will predict output of the herd for each day, week and month and calculate the amount above or below quota at the end of the quota year. It also allows the prediction to be increased or decreased to the required production, it says.

An additional facility allows data to be transferred to a spreadsheet to adjust to individual management or feed systems.

The four-module package costs £1144, including the transfer of NMR data, so it arrives on farm "live" (01858-525553).