Amelicor (based out of Provo, Utah) is changing the Dairy Management industry again with new software designed from the bottom up to work on a new tablet computer. This tablet, called the Mesa2 and designed by Juniper Systems in Logan, Utah, was created to be rugged, capable of withstanding wet and snowy conditions, and can even register a gloved finger. It’s the latest innovation to come from a company who has written the book on modern dairy management software.
Amelicor’s executive manager, Steven Smith, says they wanted to create a whole new experience for dairy herdsmen to track everything needed to feed cows in an easy-to-use and reliable device. They needed a system that could run fast, operate in a user-friendly environment, such as Windows 10, and withstand the elements involved in running a dairy. The new tablet has been very popular with their test dairies.“Delivering the right amount of feed to thousands of cows multiple times a day is really an art and science. This tablet is really a melding of art and science. EZfeed helps take the guesswork out of feeding dairy cows,” he said.
Amelicor revealed their software, along with the tablet, in October last year at their Herd & Feed Management Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Smith says the tablet is being released this month to customers.
The tablet runs Amelicor's main software product called EZfeed, which helps owners, feed managers, nutritionists, and feeders plan, purchase, inventory, and mix a host of ingredients to deliver optimal energy to dairy cows.
“The new tablet allows EZfeed to run faster and allows feeders to see more information on the display, so they can be more efficient in their daily tasks. One great improvement that test farms have been excited about is the task performance feedback that is given to the feeder after each load,” Smith said.
“The ability to track and evaluate what is fed to cows every day is vital for a dairy farm to consistently turn a profit—especially in a market where milk is sold at such low prices to the consumer,” he said.
Feeding cows on a dairy is probably not something a consumer thinks about every day. But for Amelicor this is a science that could be likened to an Olympic athlete with a team of nutritionists, trainers, and coaches.
Dairy cows quite literally have a diet that is designed by nutritionists to keep them at an optimal state of health and strength. Well cared for and healthy cows are the most productive cows. There is a team of people on a dairy that work hard every day to keep the nutritional requirements of a dairy cow at peak levels at all stages of their life.
Most consumers probably don't realize that the two-dollar gallon of milk in the store is backed by multimillion-dollar farms where feed is the largest expense.
“It’s estimated that 50-60% of all expenses on a dairy farm go to feeding cows. Some of our large dairy farm clients spend over $2,000,000 every month feeding their cows,” Smith said. “Can you imagine having that grocery bill?”
To promote the new product, Amelicor is giving away a free tablet to a lucky contest winner over the course of February and March (which is the Winter trade show season for the dairy industry).
To view a video about the new EZfeed software and tablet, see Amelicor’s contest website.
Amelicor literally wrote the book on diary records processing and has been in business since 1954. Our technology is aimed at the modern dairy for a complete herd and feed management experience.