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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.
  • 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.
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.

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.


Key Events from Time 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® - Scale Interface
The second release of Feed Supervisor was a huge leap into the future with a scale interface and wireless transmission of data to the scale. It also added the much desired 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, Chute-side Recording System Release
Chute side hoof lesion recording program. Delivers permanent records and custom reports on the dairy's hoof health.
2009
Truck Supervisor System for Platform Truck Scale Release
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.
2010
FS»Touch Display
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 Display 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.
2012
Hoof Connect
On-farm version of Hoof Supervisor that gives the farm management team abiliity to access complete trim history, generate meaningful graphs and to create trim lists that can be given to the trimmer upon arrival.
2012
Hoof Supervisor Expands Graphing
Added new graphs to help pinpoint the causes of lameness. New graphs showing weekly, monthly and annual results to identify trends.
2012
Feed Supervisor® Adds Bale Balancer and Clean-up Optimizer
These add modes remove the guess work from feeding with round bales and refusals. New target weights are calculated automatically.
2013
Hoof Supervisor Adds Digital Dermatitis M-Scoring
Users now have the ability to use the M-Scoring stages to track progression with digital dermatitis.
2013
Feed Supervisor® Adds Open Feeding Mode
This mode is used by heifer and beef feed lots. It allows operators more control over where, when and how much feed is being delivered to each pen.
2014
Hoof Supervisor Implements Canadian DHIA Digital Import/Export Function
Provinces across Canada are now able to collect regional hoof trimming data from program participants.
2014
Feed Supervisor® Adds Enhanced Rations
Operators can now mix 2 similar rations together, unload to a pen, then add other ingredients before unloading to the next pen. This helps to utilize a large mixer for small loads while still mixing well.
2014
Feed Supervisor® Stationary Mixer Support
Feed can now be mixed in a stationary mixer and then the load can be wirelessly handed off to another unit to record delivery to the pens.
2015
Hoof Supervisor Adds New Features
Multi-day trim sessions, automatic follow-up actions and RFID wands make it easier to use.
2015
Hoof Supervisor and Valacta Collaborate
Quebec trimmers come on board and link with trimmers across Canada to collect data in one central database.
2015
Feed Supervisor® interfaces with Micro-Mixer System
We are now fully interfaced with the Micro-mixer system from Animal Health International. All micro ingredient rations are managed through Feed Supervisor.
2015
Feed Supervisor® Adds Customizable User Interface
Users can now create shortcut links to their favorite screens and reports. This makes it easier to find those reports you use everyday. These shortcuts can vary for each user that logs in.
2016
Hoof Supervisor Supports Multiple Users
Multiple trimmers can work from a single database and utilize Universal ID
2016
Feed Supervisor® Adds Remote Workstations
You can now access Feed Supervisor from any computer within you local network. This gives your team access to data and reports without crowding into a single office.
2016
Feed Supervisor Adds Harvest Supervisor Import
This import tool allows you to bring in harvest data from your chopper, combine, simple truck scale or even from a spreadsheet. This helps you connect your other systems with Feed Supervisor.
2017
FS»Touch Display Accessory Box
This new tool adds an external beacon light and horn for feeding, to know when you are within feed tolerance. It is also used with several self-loading mixers to give outputs needed to enhance operation.
2017
Feed Supervisor® Adds Component Tracking Reports
Reports showing milk component levels over a selected time period. This data is imported from your parlor management system.
2018
Feed Supervisor® Adds More Inventory Management Tools
New options were added to include feed contracts, feed groups, and feed storage locations. All of these tools can be used to sort inventory transactions and track/project feed usage.
2019
Hoof Supervisor Integrates with DairyComp 305
Hoof trimming data can now be imported directly into DairyComp 305.
2019
SCiO Pocket Feed Analyzers Added
KS Dairy Consulting becomes the North American Representative for SCiO by Consumer Physics. These pocket sized feed analyzers are used to regularly test feed dry matter percentage to keep feeding consistently through changes and weather events.
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Most of our new features are the direct result of customer requests. Have an idea? Share it with us. We love to hear them.
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Jun 19, 2019 - 1:32 pm
There are only 11 days left to get in on the early adopter pricing for the SCiO Pocket Feed Analyzer. Call us today to learn how you can save up to $670. Sale ends June 30th, 2019. 715-755-3575



Jun 18, 2019 - 12:01 pm
Jacob got his new SCiO and seeing consistent scans within 1% of other testing methods on TMR. Excited about the results!
Jun 7, 2019 - 5:14 pm
Are you ready to start chopping your first crop of 2019? Call us today to learn more about the SCiO Pocket Feed Analyzer. Test dry matter % instantly instead of waiting 45 minutes to dry down each sample. Using NIR technology, get instant results to give you confidence that the amount of feed you put up will last you through the year. Special pricing available thru June 30th. We have units in stock and can ship today. Call 715-755-3575



Jun 6, 2019 - 11:58 am
WAXX Radio has started playing our latest! If you have heard it, let us know! If not check it out! https://www.dropbox.com/s/j1emmp1gbkd1oqi/KS%20DAIRY%20CONSULTING.SCIO%20AD.wav?dl=0



Jun 5, 2019 - 11:18 am
We were excited to finally use our SCiO devices on some freshly chopped feed. We tested it against our client's koster tester and got 28% dry matter with both methods. Dairyland Labs test results came back as 28% dry matter as well. This validates our confidence in the accuracy of the SCiO device! Get your SCiO to help make harvest decisions today!



Apr 5, 2019 - 4:19 pm
Check out the promotional video for the SCiO Pocket Size Analyzer. Featuring one of our own... https://youtu.be/-QPSas3RbKY



Mar 26, 2019 - 11:00 am
Pocket Feed Analyzer- Instant testing of: Corn Silage, Grass Silage, Dry Hay, Small Grain Silage, Fresh Corn Silage, Mixed Forage Silage, High Moisture Corn, Dry Shelled Corn and Fresh Small Gain. Coming Soon: Fresh Grass, Fresh legume and Fresh Mixed Silage, TMR.



Sep 26, 2018 - 11:12 am
The 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 pm
Feed 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 pm
Just 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.


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