Feed Strategy - February 2018 - 39
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FEED FORMULATION SOFTWARE
Finding solutions to tomorrow's needs
Increasing the profit margin for feed companies
through precision nutrition is next on the list for
software companies that are utilizing data, analytics and nutrient research to deliver powerful, connected
digital tools. These tools help feed mills purchase ingredients
based on nutrient composition and dynamically match nutrient supply with the nutrient demands of animals.
"Many feed companies know they are leaving value on
the table due to over- and under-formulation, but are unsure
how to avoid it," said Michael Pastoor, Cargill's director of
digital nutrition. "Software is now available to design the most
efficient feed recipes and diets by taking into account the fluctuating nutrient composition of feed ingredients and changing
requirements of animals based on current on-farm conditions."
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The software makes use of data, such as animal performance, from research on hundreds of species-specific
nutrients, and the mounds of analytical data of nutrients
in feed ingredients and forages.
"The better we are at predicting the nutrient composition of feedstuffs and the nutrient needs of animals based
on environment or growing conditions, the better results
we will have in feed efficiency and animal performance,"
Pastoor said. "This significantly increases profits for feed
companies and their producer. It's revolutionary." ■
Laura Fernandez is a freelance writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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