True Dairy Costing

Data Specialists, Inc.’s  true dairy costing business software module allows for true product costing at the dairy liquid component level without having to create separate item numbers for each component like butterfat, protein, lactose so that each production vat/batch can be uniquely evaluated for all materials, labor, burden and overhead component values.


The True Dairy Costing Module compliments DSI’s existing Dairy & Food Tracker™ product line and can also be used as a plug-in to other existing business software packages which supports Microsoft’s SQL Server data platform.


Ryan Mertes, President of DSI, states “This changes everything — once costs are established and product batch/vat formulas have been defined, actual weights and measures can be electronically uploaded from a plant floor SCADA or MES application so that yield, costs, and plant loss variances can be compared to standards in real time.”  Ryan further explains that, “Once a month’s costs are captured, they can be instantly recalculated based on entering the FMO milk class utilization report.”  The Costing Module also automatically interfaces to general ledger financials.  This new module provides managers and CFO’s with actual costing now, gives real product margins and supplies them the financial information to make sound business decisions immediately.


Data Specialists, Inc. (DSI) has been providing industry specific software for dairy and food processors for over 30 years and have over 135 dairy and food installations nationally.  Our consultants provide total solutions including dairy business consulting and plant audits, software installation and training.  DSI’s Dairy & Food Tracker™ software includes Procurement, Manufacturing/Distribution/Order Entry/Costing, Barcoding and totally integrated financial suites.  The DSI software modules can also be interfaced to existing software.


For more information on how understanding how true costs, yield, and plant loss can benefit your plant, please contact Tom Filak at our Elkhorn, Wisconsin corporate office at 262.723.5726.  Visit our website at