The Dashboard Spy

July 31, 2006

Enterprise Dashboards for Agriculture – Hog production executive dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — Tags: , — dashboardspy @ 9:55 am

Dashboard Software Focus: Agricultural Dashboards

We’ve all heard about the demise of the family farm and the shift towards farming as big business. Did you know that half of hog production (traditionally dominated by small operators) is from large scale, multiple-site operations of over 50,000 head? The impact of this for us enterprise dashboard types is the growing need to manage agriculture via business intelligence tools.

Let’s take a look at dashboard software. Here is an enterprise dashboard from a hog production concern. The underlying dashboard product is the Farm SERVey Executive Dashboard by Farm Business Software Systems, Inc. They sell quite a few pig production software packages with great names like PigChamp, PigWings, and my favorite moniker, PigFlow/CashFlow.

The enterprise dashboard screenshot shows hog production KPIs such as Sales Trends, Percent Sold, Costs, Projections, Pigs Weaned per Week: 

Hog Production Enterprise Dashboard

The graph that catches my eye is this “upside down” one. It’s unusual to see such a graph. I’m no pig farmer, so I don’t know if it indicates losses per load, but does the lack of a positive portion of the graph mean that it never is a positive number? Here is a detail screenshot:

Agriculture KPI Dashboard

Here is a look at typical hog production details:

Pig Weaning Enterprise Dashboard

Homework: If you are looking to learn more about the business of farming, start with these books on agricultural business practices.

Tags: Dashboard Software, Farming Dashboards, 

Note: Hey, Dashboard Spies!: Do you know how smart you are getting by reading The Dashboard Spy? From pig production to airplane crew size optimization to monitoring presidential campaigns, we’ve examined enterprise dashboards from all aspects of business. I’ll do my share to keep snooping around for those elusive dashboard screenshots that keep this dashboard screenshot collection interesting.

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot of a digital dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, please send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books on business dashboards.

PS: If you find yourself part of an enterprise dashboard effort, you must study Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT, the only book on actually implementing enterprise dashboards.

1 Comment »

  1. Hello Dashboard Spy. I enjoy your blog about business intelligence dashboards. It is good to see such information. I have been studying this topic for many months now and am glad to see so many examples. I will visit your site often.

    I was very interested in seeing your post about “KPI Requirements for Dashboard Projects – Using the KPI business scorecards”. Thank you for the information about this dashboard topic. There is a dashboard project at work about this subject.

    The business scorecards graphic is very nice. I like the colors and the questions are very interesting – What Question? Who’s Asking, Why is it Important, etc. I think it is very good. I also like the layout of the screen. I have a question about the boxes on the right side. Is the user supposed to type the answers to the questions into the boxes?

    Comment by saibaba — November 22, 2007 @ 1:26 am

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