Onno Siegers and Edwin van Ens, shown Oct. 6 at the
World Dairy Expo in Madison, developed a TMR (total
mixed ration) system that can be operated from a
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Dairy industry innovation that may soon be coming to a
barn near you was on display at the 2017 World Dairy
Expo Oct. 3-7 in Madison.
cost effectiveness of many of the advances applied to
farms with 300 or more animals, but as land lines and
clipboards give way to smartphones and tablets, prices
drop making them more accessible to a wider audience.
Dairy Applications started in the Netherlands three
years ago when software engineer Onno Siegers and Edwin
Van Ens, who had a background farming, developed
software which allows the operator to set and change
ration recipes in the feed mixer from their Smartphone.
“Before this there was no software for feed,” Corry
app can also change the number of cows, ration recipes
and the number of barns.
After feeding, farmers can fill in cow groups and
recipes on a secured personal webpage from Dairy
visitor from Peru takes a closer look at a Big Ass fan
on Oct. 6 at the
World Dairy Expo in Madison.
Gay Griesbach/For the Daily
Onno Siegers said right now the application works best
for farms that have between 350 and 2,000 cows.
Avid MiniTracker Blue Tooth handheld reader, showcased
by Livestock Supplies and Services, reads and sends
microchip and tag ID numbers directly to Bluetooth
capable devices and Valley Agricultural Software
launched their VAS Platform at the Expo.
platform brings together feed, cow and parlor data into
a single webbased interface accessible anywhere with an
internet or cell phone connection.
Founded in 1948 in the Netherlands, Lely has
manufactured automated milking systems for 25 years, but
in Washington County, the technology is relatively new,
with the first robotic milkers installed at a
Hartford-area dairy late last year.
Venessa Knoblock, regional Midwest sales specialist said
some clients purchase the units to accommodate younger
members of the family who want to join the business.
“They’re looking for a way to make it economically
viable,” she said.
Other buyers that are five or six years away from
retirement want to upgrade their operations to make
their farms more desirable in a resale market.
automatic calf feeder made by competitor DeLaval took
top ten honors in Dairy Herd Management’s Innovation
Awards at the Expo.
addition to offering complete control over milk feeding
each calf, it connects to CalfApp and CalfCloud,
allowing remote access to the animal’s feeding patterns
from a Smartphone or tablet.
comfort was also featured in new products debuting at
the Expo and displayed in a section on its website under
the title “Innovation Unveiled.”
There were slip resistant rubber mats designed to
conform to the shape of a cow when it lies down, hoof
trimming chutes, bedding dryers, animal-friendly free
stall systems and cow brushes designed to increase cow
health, happiness and production.
Ass Fans unveiled AirEye — a fan that not only can be
manually controlled, it has an infrared occupancy sensor
that can detect comfort levels when either livestock or
people are present.
Environmental and water conservation was also at the
fore when it came to innovation — static screens
developed to separate liquids and solids and technology
to separate livestock slurry, biogas and other effluents
and, according to Trident Processes liaison agricultural
outreach specialist Wyatt McCloskey, they aren’t resting
on their laurels. McCloskey talked to people about older
wastewater refining and nutrient recovery technology
McCloskey said the current Trident system removes fiber
from manure and captures smaller nutrients, nitrogen,
phosphorus and potassium (NPK). The fiber recovered can
be used as bedding or incorporated into the soil. NPK,
in separate solid form, and cleaner water can be used
for irrigation, but the company is currently in research
and development to refine the system further, so that
water is clean enough to be stream dischargeable.