Breedcow and Dynama free off the web

Breedcow and Dynama software is now available as a free download from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.

Breedcow and Dynama is a package of ‘decision support’ programs able to analyse the extensive cattle enterprise from at least three perspectives:

  • Herd, profit and cash flow projection over 10 years (Dynama), with an accessory program (Investan) to compare Dynama scenarios, such as property purchase, and calculate investment analysis measures such as net present value (NPV) or change, internal rate of return (IRR=return on capital) on extra funds required, and annualised return (the annual equivalent of the NPV).
  • Stable state herd comparisons (Bcowplus) for a first quick look at different husbandry packages or turnoff choices.
  • Profit (gross margin) estimates for one class of animals (Bullocks and Cowtrade programs) to guide purchases or forced sales decisions.

The download will install a new copy if you do not already have one, or it will update an existing copy without interfering with existing data files. The download will include an updated manual (.pdf file) and a shortcut to it so it can be accessed easily.

Download a free copy of the Breedcow and Dynama herd modelling package.

The free download is in line with Queensland Government’s move to providing more services on line. It also offers the opportunity to increase the already substantial impact of Breedcow and Dynama on industry. Over the past 20 years Breedcow and Dynama has been offered commercially on a succession of platforms, and in that time it has reached the owners of something like 10% of the national herd. It is used also by agriculture or primary industries departments of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, by organisations like Indigenous Land Corporation, and by consultants, valuers and legal practitioners.

It includes representative herd templates for northern Australia are also available.

For more information on these templates see the article Representative herd templates for Northern Australia. These templates are example data files for Bcowplus, AECalc, Prices and Huscosts programs, covering Queensland, the Northern Territory and the northern part of Western Australia. They provide a starting point when looking at herd performance, and a base against which to measure the impact of husbandry and other herd management changes.

The author of this software retired from the Queensland Government in June 2011, but remains contactable for Breedcow Dynama user enquiries on the mobile phone number below.

Bill Holmes, Former Principal Agricultural Economist, Townsville, phone 0419 646 919.