SimHerd is a computer model of a dairy herd. In more than a decade the model has been applied and further developed within the research in herd management and animal health economics in dairy herds. Analyses with the SimHerd model have been included in 2 doctoral theses, 9 PhD theses, 4 MSc theses and a total of 28 papers in scientific journals. Minor attempts for introducing the model as a herd health advisory tool has been carried out over the years. However, the model has not yet been used broadly as a herd health advisory tool, which mainly has been explained by the complexity of the model and the lack of user friendliness. This was challenged in the project supported by the Danish Law of Innovation during 2007 to 2009, where the specific aim was to develop a user friendly web application of the SimHerd model in collaboration between StrateKo, Danish Cattle Federation and Aarhus University. This aim was fulfilled at the end of 2009 by a beta version of a SimHerd web application tested by veterinary practitioners in real herd health advisory situation and approved as the core product for starting up in early 2010 a commercial spin-off company owned by NOVI Innovation and Aarhus University. The following describes experiences with developing a commercial herd health advisory tool based on the history of the research tool - SimHerd.
Farm Animal Health Economics, 2010, p. 4-8
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International workshop held at Nantes-Atlantic NationalCollege of Veterinary Medicine, Food Science andEngineering (ONIRIS)14-15 January 2010