In response to worldwide demand, Feed Management Systems, Inc. (FMS) said in an announcement today that it has collaborated with Central Valley Nutritional Associates, LLC (CVNA) to develop a combined software solution for dairy nutritionists, consultants and salespeople that effectively addresses a longstanding challenge they face in balancing rations to meet amino acid requirements.
The solution combines the flexibility of FMS’ industry-leading Feed Ration Balancer™ (FRB™) with the modeling capabilities of CVNA’s Formulate2 to create a novel software solution that provides dairy formulators with the capabilities they want and need. The new FRB™ with Formulate2 enables formulators to create branded, customized dairy cattle rations based on a nutrition model that delivers balanced diets incorporating accurate amino acid requirements. These diets do not require the excessive manual ‘tweaking’ so common with modeling software, thus eliminating hassles and saving time.
Until now, dairy ration formulators often have had to work with ration formulation software containing rigid, hard-to-use nutrition models in packages that are difficult to customize. Consistently, formulators have said they need a nutrition model that they can personalize but that also delivers rapid, accurate diets that don’t need excessive tweaking.
Dr. John Foley, FMS’ formulation portfolio manager, said that “With FRB™ with Formulate2 Core Components, the ration is solved in one quick pass—no more guessing and tweaking.”
A Dynamic User Experience with the New FRB™2.0
FRB™ with Formulate2 incorporates the new Feed Ration Balancer™ 2.0 which builds on a strong, multi-species foundation to deliver a new, dynamic user experience that includes flexible customization and personalization options, familiar navigation controls, and enhanced reporting capabilities. And, it provides a competitive edge to feed manufacturers and consultants who brand and customize their business and their feed.
FRB™ with Formulate2 is user-friendly, packed with nutritional data and able to create real diets for dairy cattle that meet nutritional requirements set by the user. Most significantly, this is the first easy-to-use software solution that incorporates the preeminent work on amino acid nutrition for dairy cattle performed by the NRC 2001 committee. That work was done under the direction of Dr. Charles Schwab along with others who collaborated on the NRC 2001 amino acid sub-model. Dr. Schwab is recognized nationally and internationally for his research on amino acid nutrition of dairy cattle. During the last 10 years, he has made over 140 presentations at dairy nutrition conferences and workshops around the world on the application of advances in amino acid and protein nutrition of dairy cows. Dr. Schwab is Professor Emeritus of Animal Sciences at the University of New Hampshire and is widely recognized as a leading expert on dairy cattle nutrition.
According to Dr. Foley, “This really is about science meeting software. At FMS, we’re about software development. In FRB™, we offer a highly-customizable infra-structure, but we don’t want to be the ones to provide the nutrient requirement equations and ingredient libraries. That’s outside the scope of our business. CVNA, on the other hand, is in the business of dairy nutrition consulting and they developed Formulate2 to ensure that they could deliver superior cow performance to their dairy clients. By combining FRB’s™ user-friendly new interface and personalization features with CVNA’s unique way of delivering results from the amino acid model and NRC data, feed manufacturers and consultants can easily create their own branded, customized diets that meet established nutritional guidelines for dairy cattle. What’s especially exciting is that this solution is focused on helping dairy nutritionists get their work done quickly and accurately, something our market research indicated as an urgent need,” he explained.