Feedlogic Launches Low-Cost FeedSaver Line

US - Supplier of nutrition technology, Feedlogic Corporation, has broadened its product line with the introduction of a simpler, lower cost version of its FeedSaver intelligent feeding system.
calendar icon 23 June 2008
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The new FeedSaver S-Series is designed for swine producers with all-in-all-out flows in owned or contracted barns seeking to lower production costs through improved feed utilization and more focused management.

"With skyrocketing feed prices, it's never been more important to get maximum nutrient value out of every pound of feed that gets delivered to a barn," said Drew Ryder, Feedlogic president.

"There's plenty of science out there to tell you the right way to feed a pig. The problem has been execution.

"With the many diet phases fed in different stages of swine production, the industry is being challenged to manage feed deliveries and feed budgets. As a result, many pigs are not receiving the correct feed or are out of feed at any point in time. There are also added costs associated with removing incorrect diets from bins at the end of a turn."

The FeedSaver S-Series addresses these issues by automatically creating the correct diets at the barn using just two or three base diets.

Diets can be dedicated to specific bins, making it easier for the feed mill to plan deliveries and reducing errors made by feed truck drivers.

The S-Series uses a stationary version of Feedlogic's automated blend-on-the-fly system which blends the base feeds into standard feed lines and feeders and can alter the diet frequently according to a prescribed feed strategy.

The system measures every pound of feed pulled from bins and dispensed into feed lines, ensuring pigs only ever receive the budgeted amount of specific diet before moving them on to the next diet. Bin inventories are constantly updated in the system and the feed mill can be alerted automatically when they reach critically low levels.

The S-Series collects data constantly on feed intake, allowing a producer to track growth and performance throughout a turn. Systems can be monitored remotely and used as a management tool, highlighting areas where dollars are being lost and allowing the producer to take quick action.

The constant feed intake data also allows S-Series users to build growth curves unique to their genetics and facilities.

"Feed intake can vary a lot from one genetic line to another," said Mr Ryder.

"It's more critical now that producers feed diets that are tailored to their genetics."

The S-Series can be installed for as little as $7/pig space. It is easily retrofitted into virtually any swine production facility. Most producers can expect to see a return in less than 12 months in lower feed costs, reduced feed waste, and more focused management. After just one turn of pigs using the FeedSaver technology, Minnesota producer L&L Pork reduced feed costs by over $4/pig and improved average daily gain by 7% and reduced days to market by over 10 days.

To help producers with adoption of the technology, the S-Series can be purchased, leased, or rented. "With the current difficulties faced by producers, we recognize that not everyone is in the position to purchase right now," said Ryder. "But producers need to be reducing their input costs as quickly as possible."

The S-Series joins the original FeedSaver M-Series and FEEDPro in Feedlogic's line of products. The M-Series is a rail-based mobile version of FeedSaver best suited to producers with smaller flows and needing to target diets to smaller groups based on age or weight. The FEEDPro is designed for producers conducting research trials in various production facilities.

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