Spartan Dairy 3 is a Windows-based, stand-alone computer program for use in evaluating and formulating diets for dairy cattle. It was designed to formulate reasonable diets in a relatively short period of time using the latest science. The current version is 3.0.3 (August, 2011). It will work on Macintosh computers using a program like Parallels.

Key features


  • A stand-alone program that runs on Windows 7 (64-bit), Vista, or XP
  • Spreadsheet interface
  • User-friendly: it retains features that made Spartan 2 popular
  • Solid science: uses NRC 2001 and improvements developed at MSU
  • Lots of information: 120 feed characteristics to help with troubleshooting
  • Adaptable: balance a diet with just the “Home” tab or with all 120 columns
  • Tested: used in teaching at MSU since 2005 and on test farms since 2008
  • Nutrient management information
  • Several rations and feed libraries can be open at one time
  • Feeds can be copied and pasted from one file to another and to and from MS Excel to facilitate updating feed analyses
  • Reports can be previewed before printing
  • Columns are movable
  • Nutritional adequacy can be viewed in graphical form
  • Works in pounds or metric






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