Feeding on technology's edge

Hoard's Dairyman: 

Feeding on technology's edge

Date: 
Thu, 09/30/2010

Scattered amongst the countless commercial booths at World Dairy Expo, you'll find products of all shapes and sizes. But one theme that is popping up all over the show is the newest direction in dairy management: precision and automation. Robotic milkers appeared several years ago, and cow pedometers are nothing new either. This year, feeding takes center stage as Harvestore teams up with Dinamica Generale to offer NIR (a near-infrared tool that's pretty cool) testing of feed, right in the payloader bucket. The tool, within 20 seconds, can profile the ADF, NDF, dry matter, and more of each scoop of feed. We visited with Dick Nellis of Engineered Storage Products who told us a little bit more about how their precision feeding system works.