ARTICLES FROM SUPERVISOR SYSTEMS

Scale Maintenance Protocol

The scale system on your TMR mixer plays a vital role in keeping your cows healthy, your inventory accurate and rations consistent. Just a small calibration error can turn into a major issue in a very short time. At Supervisor Systems, we have adopted the following protocol for testing and maintaining TMR mixer scales with…

Healthier Hooves Through Genetic Selection: 

Furthering the dairy industry by advancing agricultural science Forty to seventy percent (40-70%) of cows have one or more hoof lesions, according to studies. Lesions can cause fertility and milk yield to drop, lead to premature culling, and otherwise negatively impact animal health. Given these potential side-effects, it behooves us to determine top causes of…

What You Need to Know About the Latest Feed Supervisor Software Update

Are you looking to stay up-to-date with the latest technology in feed management? Then it’s important that you know about the latest release of the Feed Supervisor software update. Our goal at Supervisor Systems is to never stop pioneering in the way of farm technology because we know that time is valuable, data is critical,…

How Data Coaching and Consulting Improves Your Farm Management

Maximizing efficiency and effectiveness on your dairy is a crucial element of farm management. Not only does it help your operation run smoother, but it impacts your bottom line. Data collecting is a critical first step in understanding how your dairy is currently operating. With data in hand, it’s easier to analyze areas that are…

Inventory Management Capabilities with Feed Supervisor

Harvest is over and the opportunity for inventory tracking is at the top of your mind. With increasing feed costs and the current economic situation, there was never a more important time to have a good handle on your actual inventories. As producers, you want to know the value of what’s on your farm at…

How a computer programmer changed the lives of dairy farmers around the world

25 years ago, Keith Sather, Founder of KS Dairy Consulting, had an idea he couldn’t stop thinking about. It was the ability of dairy farmers to use data to make critical decisions on their farms. He envisioned farmers knowing exactly how much feed they were giving their cows and the ability to mix the rations…

Celebrating 25 years of Feed Supervisor®

This August we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Feed Supervisor®.  What started as a dairy consulting business has expanded to innovative software solutions that fit seamlessly into the daily routines of dairy farmers. Today, we offer nutrition consulting through KS Dairy Consulting and three software programs: Feed Supervisor, Truck Supervisor, and Hoof Supervisor. Our…

How truck scales help control feed costs

Ask any dairy producer what their number one expense is, and they’re likely to say, “feed.” The average 80-cow dairy farm spends more than $15,000 on feed each month and over $180,000 every year. When trying to cut feed costs, where should you focus your energy? Trying to get a better deal on a particular…

Gain Control of Digital Dermatitis

Acknowledged as a leading cause of lameness in the dairy industry, digital dermatitis (DD) is a widespread problem. Also known as hairy heel warts, this costly and highly contagious disease progresses quickly. If not caught in the early stages, DD can result in permanent hoof damage. DD produces painful lesions and typically attacks the skin…

Recording hoof lesions by zone reduces lameness in dairy cattle

When hoof trimmer Rick Trinko of Middleton, Wisconsin, began seeing a large number of cows at one dairy with white-line hemorrhages in zone 2, he was alarmed. The typical site for a white-line hemorrhage is zone 3, and it can indicate the early stages of white-line disease. Having never seen a white-line hemorrhage in zone…

Nutritionists need accurate records to troubleshoot hoof problems

I have been a dairy nutritionist for over 33 years, and I am usually the first to know when one of my dairies is having hoof health problems. While many issues with cow health point back to nutrition, I have found that hoof problems, more often than not, stem from environmental causes rather than nutrition.…