K S Dairy Consulting, Inc. began serving dairy producers throughout northwestern Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota in 1993. What began with a focus on dairy nutrition quickly grew into enterprise management as we helped our clients look at the big picture of feed management and cow comfort.
As dairy expansion moved into full swing, producers needed systems in place that would allow them to monitor and manage their dairies. There were many ideas as to what target levels of weigh backs, feed costs and intakes should be but there was no accurate way for the average producer to really know where they really were. Then there was the feeder that looked like he was probably doing a good job but was he.
The need to better understand these variables brought about the development of Feed Supervisor Software® in 1996. What started out in a local market has grown to become the premiere feed management system with a global presence. The focus of Feed Supervisor can be broken down into four main areas.
As feed prices began to rise, inventory management moved to the forefront as producers looked for ways to control ration costs. With this in mind we introduced Truck Supervisor™ as a convenient way to record incoming feed to the dairy. Our Click and Go Technology allows forage and grain harvest to be recorded with a high level of speed and accuracy. The smart card reader provides an easy way for off farm truckers to record weights and unload without your assistance. These features give us a better understanding of inventory control and a powerful tool as we work to eliminate shrink.
- Ration Management - making sure that the ration balanced by your nutritionist is the one fed to your cows.
- Bunk Management - Discover the level of clean up or weigh back that is most profitable for your dairy and then maintain that amount.
- Operator Performance - Making sure that your employees are properly loading, mixing and delivering the rations.
- Inventory Control - Monitoring inventory and controlling shrink.
Total dairy management involves so much more than balancing rations. More and more work has been done to identify what the real issues and bottlenecks are that prevent dairy operations from meeting their true profit potential. This brought our focus into the area of hoof health. We all know that a cow with sore feet is not going to meet her full production potential. Hoof issues are often the main reason that cows leave the herd prematurely. With so much at stake there was no way for management to really understand the causes of lameness on the dairy. Hoof Supervisor™ fills that void by creating a computerized data recording system so that the true cause of lameness can be identified and then eliminated. Instead of a pile of manure stained trim sheets we can now provide you with colored graphs and reports with the data you need to reduce cull rates.
Much has changed since our company was founded to what has now become Supervisor Systems™. What has not changed is our commitment to the clients we serve and industry that we work in. Our focus remains on providing a quality product backed by the service and support needed to make our clients successful. Our consulting services continue to put us on the front lines at successful dairies each day. Working with TMR operators, herdsmen and being part of the management team on these dairies gives our team the experience and creativity to continue building and improving our product line.
|1993 ||KS Dairy Consulting, Inc.
Consulting Business opens in Dresser Wisconsin. Nu tech minerals launch introducing custom mineral mixes for nutrition clients.
|1996 ||Kow Sense
Kow Sense was the precursor to today's Feed Supervisor®. It provided customers with dry matter intakes, bunk management and feed costs.
|1997 ||Feed Supervisor®
This first release of Feed Supervisor® was a manual version, but it added the ability to track inventories.
|1999 ||Feed Supervisor®
The second release of Feed Supervisor was a huge leap into the future with wireless transmitting of data to the scale. It also added a much sought after piece of Operator Performance tracking.
|2002 ||Weather Station Interface
The weather station was unit that was installed at the dairy to collect and transmit specific weather data to the farm computer. Then it could be entered into Feed Supervisor software.
|2004 ||Feed Supervisor® Goes International
Feed Supervisor® was taken to dairies in the international market
|2004 ||TDM Transfer
The Transfer Data Module offered a dependable and more economical transfer option than was previously available with radios.
|2007 ||Ration "Step-Up" Technology
Incorporating ration "step-up" technology into Feed Supervisor allowed important feed ingredient changes to be made automatically, over an appropriate number of days.
|2008 ||Hoof Supervisor Release
Chute side hoof lesion recording program. Delivers permanent records and custom reports on the dairy's hoof health.
|2009 ||Truck Supervisor
Connects the farm truck scale wirelessly to Feed Supervisor with inventories of incoming ingredients or outgoing milk weights.
|2009 ||Alberta Hoof Health Initiative
Hoof Supervisor joined our Canadian neighbors in the project to "eliminate lameness" on Canadian dairies.
|2010 ||Top Ten New Products- WAE
In 2010 Hoof Supervisor won the prestigious Top Ten New Products award at the World Ag Expo in Tulare California.
The power of a computer in your tractor cab. Operators can now change cow numbers, adjust percent dry matter, view previous days feeding, and record inventory counts right in the tractor cab.
|2011 ||FS»Touch Task Scheduler
Scheduled Feeding becomes a reality. Automate all tasks for entry level or part time feeders. One touch feeding system directs feeding order and customized tasks.
|2011 ||Ontario Hoof Supervisor
Ontario and other Canadian territories sign on for Hoof Supervisor.
|What Next??? ||Bale Balancer, Task Manager, Clean- up optimizer, scheduled feeding and more! ||
Sep 26 - 11:12 amThe crisp air has returned and it reminds us that Autumn has arrived. And next week is the World Dairy Expo already. Stop in and see us at the show. See a demonstration of our systems and receive a free grilled cheese sandwich. See you there!
Nov 17, 2017 - 1:16 pmFeed Supervisor Software is much more than a feed management system. It can be a great tool used to assess economic impact of certain events and farm decisions. Check out our flyer to learn more!
Nov 9, 2017 - 1:00 pmJust a few tips and tricks to keep in mind as winter creeps up on us. Prepare your cows for the cold and see a better return throughout the winter. Also keep in mind that Feed Supervisor allows you to input weather data so you can track cow performance in relation to the temperature, snow, rain, etc.
Oct 25, 2017 - 10:19 amWe were very excited to sponsor Dr. Lon Whitlow's seminar on battling molds and mycotoxins at World Dairy Expo this year. Thank you, Dr. Whitlow on your valuable insights!
Oct 20, 2017 - 11:32 amTruck Supervisor is capable of recording more than just inventory. Did you know that our truck scale can record your dairy's milk weights too? No more hand adding milk volumes!
Oct 6, 2017 - 10:52 amFind the value in Data Coaching for Feed Supervisor! See the picture below for an example of a dairy that has improved every single month with the help of Data Coaching. Don't settle for where you are currently at, let us help you improve through this Feed Supervisor utilizing program.
Oct 3, 2017 - 11:58 amIt is a beautiful Tuesday morning at the World Dairy Expo 2017. Stop by our booth MC-81 and get your Truck Supervisor squeezee toy. See you there!
Sep 1, 2017 - 11:55 amIt's that time of year again! Here are some interesting tips to help refresh your memory on achieving high quality corn silage by Farm Journal News Source. Happy Harvest!
Aug 21, 2017 - 11:17 amA big thank you to Bag Man, LLC and Lallemand Animal Nutrition for helping us put on a wonderful silage bag meeting a couple weeks ago. Topics discussed included bagger maintenance, mold prevention, packing, wildlife damage prevention and Bag Man's Secure Cover solution, importance of inoculants like Buchneri 500 from Lallemand, and a product from Feedstuff Bagging's owner and our main speaker, Dennis Yager. He demonstrated his Forage Gas Relief Valves that are simple, easy to use, and a great tool to help remove all the oxygen in your forage bags! Here is a link to his Youtube channel demonstrating how easy it is to put into one of your forage bags: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_rVXRz7XDU
We also wanted to thank Craig Dueholm and family for allowing us to host on your farm! All in all it was a great day!
Jul 28, 2017 - 2:10 pmKSDairy Consulting, Inc. is teaming up with Bag Man, LLC to host a forage bag seminar featuring guest speaker Dennis Yager. It will be held on Thursday, August 10th. Join us for lunch and an interactive presentation of proper bagging technique. Contact us at the office for more information!