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FMS introduces new nutrient measurement solution

Feed Management Systems, Inc. (FMS) introduced a new, advanced capability for delivering precise nutrient content of ingredients. The introduction was done at the IPPE, that kicked off yesterday in Atlanta.

The nutrient measure delivery offering is the first commercially available, comprehensive solution for feed manufacturers who seek accurate, real-time business intelligence about the precise nutrient content and value of their ingredients. This knowledge-based solution enables feed manufacturers to confidently set more accurate pricing and provide stronger assurances to customers about the exact nutrient content of a specific feed order.

"The ability to document the actual nutrient content of animal feed is becoming critically important as the feed industry faces increased scrutiny from animal producers and their customers, regulators and others requiring higher accountability and better documentation," explained John Foley, Formulation Portfolio Manager at FMS. "The ability to pinpoint nutritional content of an ingredient also enables feed manufacturers to avoid over-formulating that is sometimes needed to meet customer requirements for nutrient content. The potential for costs savings is significant and, by some estimates, could be as high as US$5-8 per tonne—or US$1MM annually for a mill or business producing 125,000-200,000 tonnes per year.  Until now, this depth of information and knowledge has not been widely available to most of the feed industry."

The solution is customisable and scalable and includes:

  • General lab services;
  • Near infra-red Reflectance spectroscopy (NIR) services, including calibrations, instrument evaluation and maintenance;
  • A fully-featured Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS);
  • Ingredient supplier information; and Nutrient calculation system.

This nutrient measure delivery offering represents the first phase in a multi-year initiative by FMS to provide feed manufacturers with the advanced tools and information required to calculate and analyze the precise nutrient content of every ingredient they use. Over time, FMS's goal is to seamlessly integrate this data across a feed manufacturer's entire information management system, making it more easily accessible and instantly actionable.

The nutrient measure delivery solution will be available beginning January 28, 2014.

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