Rumen8

Easy Dairy Cow Diets

Easily create dairy cow diets

Rumen8 is a free software application that allows farmers and consultants to easily manage dairy cow and heifer diets to increase production and reduce costs. An emphasis on ease of use sets it apart from many other nutrition applications which makes it ideal for quickly creating or checking cow diets by farm managers, owners and visiting nutritionists.

Rumen8 provides an easy interface allowing creation and adjustment of diets while exploring changes in production and margins. It was originally developed by the authors when they worked for the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia as an ‘in-house’ tool for managing the research herds on the Vasse Research Station near Busselton, Western Australia. It provided good predictions of cow performance on the pasture based diets common in the Australian dairy industry.


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What does Rumen8 do?

Rumen8 allows the user to design a diet from up to 15 feeds or mixes and ensure a cow’s dietary needs are met. Multiple diets can be stored and compared and the difference between feed price and return from milk calculated. Reports can be printed or saved as PDF files.

Much more sophisticated nutrition models are available but require more feed information and considerably more time and knowledge to determine suitable diets, restricting their usefulness on farm. Rumen8 uses a relatively simple nutrition model that we have found accurate enough over many years using it on farms and Research Stations. Rumen8 provides a good balance between ease and speed of use with performance that is fitting for the pasture-dominated dairy diets common in Australia.


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