AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Beef Center recently updated the Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software (BRaNDS), software for beef producers interested in having help balancing rations. Garland Dahlke, Iowa Beef Center assistant scientist, recently completed the update and said the new version is more user friendly and reflects guidelines updated in the recently released "Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle."
"This software will continue to be provided in both Standard and Professional versions," Dahlke said. "For those who already have the existing professional edition, the update will be $50; otherwise, the cost is $525 for new users. For those who have the standard edition, the update is $10 per module, and the complete standard edition will be sold to new customers for $260."
Dahlke said users should note that the professional version now requires Microsoft Excel 2007 or newer installed on a Windows-based computer to operate. The Standard Edition will operate on both Windows and Mac systems running MS Excel.
"Whether you are a new user or are upgrading your old version, remember that program support is just a phone call or email message away," Dahlke said. "You can call the Iowa Beef Center at 515-294-2333 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org."
To order, pay for and download your desired version, go to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach online store at https://store.extension.iastate.edu/ProductList?Keyword=brands+
Customers updating from a previous version should indicate update in the customer request space on the order shipping page to receive the much lower update price. This will be validated with your name and email. Those who prefer to order a program CD rather than electronically download the program should call the Extension Distribution Store at 515-294-5247.