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FEED MANAGEMENT CUSTOMIZED FOR PRODUCER PREFERENCES

January 31, 2017

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Media Contact: Stacey Smart

Phone: 262-442-6666

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KS Dairy Consulting, Inc.

New release of Feed Supervisor® System 3.0 software is built to accommodate the unique needs of every dairy.

Dresser, WI (January 31, 2017) – Designed to feed according to user preferences, the recently updated Feed Supervisor® System features built-in flexibility and customization to meet every dairy’s feeding demands. Focused on efficiency and user-friendliness, the latest version gives producers more options, such as the ability to create enhanced rations, assign substitute feed ingredients and communicate with a micro-mixer.

Feed Supervisor® is a feed management solution that calculates daily dry matter intakes and helps determine ration adjustments to improve feed efficiency. Available in three systems – manual, scale interface (2040), and touch screen feeding (FS»Touch™) – Feed Supervisor was recently enhanced with the following features and capabilities:

Customizable Sidebar: provides quick access to tabs frequently used by the producer, enabling the user to move between windows without exiting.

‘Changed by’ tracking: allows producer to track who changed any record.

Longer decimal placing: increases precision and reduces rounding issues.

Create enhanced ration: producers using FS»Touch can now add an additional ingredient to a base ration to create two rations for feeding to different pens. After feeding the base ration to selected pens, an extra feed type can be added to the balance for other pens. This gives the farm flexibility to increase load efficiency and still maintain accountability.

Choose substitute feeds: users may identify a predetermined acceptable substitute for each feed type in a ration that can be selected if the farm runs out of that ingredient.

Connect to a micro mixer: When using FS»Touch, a dairy can incorporate a pre-batched micro mix from another system to add to a ration in process.

Set product as non-inventoried item: Whether using the 2040 system or FS»Touch, producers can accurately track usage on certain products that may not require inventory numbers, such as straw.

Ramp up ration: Available for all ration tables, the ramp-up feature allows a change of any ration type to occur over any period of days.

Rank feed density: The maximum capacity of a mixer is auto adjusted to the density of the feed based on producer-set scores. This prevents overflow of fluffier rations while ensuring best use of mixer capacity in both Feed Supervisor 2040 and FS»Touch systems.

Automatic product usage: allows user to track usage of a product type, whether feed or bedding, without scaling. A product type can be set to have automatic draws from inventory based on average daily use. It will also allow an item, like straw, to draw in a ration but also be drawn automatically for bedding.

Four different types of FS»Touch now available:
FS Touch is Feed Supervisor’s top-of-the-line package, using touch screen technology to give producers on-the-go feed management access to real-time data.
Remote – FS»Touch tablet can view the FS»Touch connected to the scale and run in full control for use in a pay loader, etc.
Personal – Limited to change cow numbers, dry matter or inventory and add cleanup. Designed for the person who drives around and calls the bunks, etc.
Mobile – Connected to a scale on the mobile TMR mixer (now includes receiving a hand-off)
Stationary – FS»Touch tablet that connects to stationary mixer scales. This includes a hand-off button when the mix is complete.

Separate log-in at FS»Touch: Allows users to log in once, but switch between scales and change set-ups. Users with a stationary mixer can create a batch and hand off to a delivery truck. Conversely, this allows a delivery truck to accept a batched load. Transfer includes ration information and pen groups for delivery.

Real-time inventory changes: Daily usage values and inventory are automatically adjusted based on dry matter input changes at FS»Touch. Creating commodity blends or batches will show effect on inventory.

Adjust pre-assigned feeding schedules with FS»Touch: Increase or decrease the number of days’ worth of feed to batch to create even feedings or meet special needs for pens designated in Feed Supervisor as being fed one time for multiple days. For example, a feeder may adjust to accommodate for bad weather or an upcoming holiday.

Change ‘Locations’ at FS»Touch mobile unit: Farms with multiple locations can set or choose between which locations a certain feed truck or pay loader with FS»Touch is located.

Hand-off batch support in FS»Touch for farms using stationary mixers: Farms that use a stationary mixer can hand off to a selected delivery truck to continue recording feed-outs.

Furthermore, Feed Supervisor’s new reporting features and in-depth search capabilities improve the functionality of incoming Truck Supervisor™ weights within Feed Supervisor. For example, the system now shows harvest details, including number of pounds harvested at various time intervals – broken down per day, week and season.

Feed Supervisor® is marketed under Supervisor Systems – a division of KS Dairy Consulting, Inc. Ration management, bunk management, operator performance and inventory control are the primary features of Feed Supervisor, helping producers ensure their cows are always fed a proper balanced ration while avoiding empty bunk syndrome and inventory shrink.

For more information on Feed Supervisor version 3.0 or to learn more about KS Dairy Consulting, please call (888) 259-8949, email support@feedsupervisor.com or visit www.supervisorsystems.com.

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