31 May 2017
A feed planning app for sheep and beef farmers. Calculates daily intake requirements for different classes of stock and assists farmers in feed allocation. The FeedSmart feed calculator uses a model developed by FarmIQ to calculate feed requirements for animals, and allows you to calculate pasture/crop usage when moving animals to paddocks.
Maintenance requirements: How much feed does an animal need to maintain its current weight? This takes into account the current weight of the animal, and the type of land the animal is grazing on
- Animal growth: How much feed does an animal require to gain a specified amount of weight each day? This takes into account how much weight the animal is gaining, the size of the breed and their stock class. For instance, a ram lamb has different requirements from a ewe lamb.
- Pasture/crop quality: What is the impact of the feed quality on animals? Animals need more MJME/day where the feed is a lower quality.
- Pregnancy: How much extra feed does a pregnant dam require? This depends on the scanning % of the dam, how far through the pregnancy the dam is (as calculated from the mating date), and the predicted birth weight of the offspring.
- Lactation: How much extra feed does a lactating dam require? This depends on the birthing %, how long ago the offspring were born (as calculated from the mating date), and the weaning weight of the offspring.
New Zealand tool for sheep & beef farmers. See our blog reviewing this product.
Find additional support information and user instructions at http://www.beeflambnz.com/Documents/Farm/FeedSmart-User-Guide.pdf