FEEDLOGIC Corp., a supplier of intelligent solutions for livestock production, has launched MyFarm, a new internet-based open platform for collecting and managing data from livestock production sites and feed mills.
MyFarm is a flexible, user-friendly system that allows multiple users in the livestock production supply chain to access the data they need to manage their operations more efficiently, the announcement said. It is built in a way that allows many other applications to work with it.
"By using an internet cloud-based platform, we have created a simpler way of connecting people with the information they need," Feedlogic president Drew Ryder said. "Our customers have asked us for actionable data at a reasonable cost. We can deliver on that because our platform does not require customers and their suppliers to purchase proprietary software for multiple locations."
MyFarm will initially have a number of applications related to feed management. It integrates with apps such as:
* FeedMeter, an app from Feedlogic that allows real-time tracking of feed usage at production sites;
* FeedAlert, an app from Feedlogic that alerts users when there is a feed outage or when excessive feed usage is occurring;
* MyBin, an app from Feedlogic that tracks and manages feed inventories in bins on the farm, and
* Feed Allocation System, an app from software company PrairiE Systems that manages feed budgets and feed ordering for swine production systems.
MyFarm automatically collects data from various sources at production sites and pushes the data to a cloud-based database, Feedlogic explained. MyFarm allows users to access a web portal to view, comment on and monitor farm activity.
"What makes MyFarm so powerful is its interactive characteristics and its potential to provide a more open exchange of data between companies," Ryder said. "A lot of information in the livestock production and feed manufacturing sectors is currently stored on local servers using proprietary software or not entered into a computer at all. This creates 'information silos' where data required by suppliers to fulfill orders is not easily available and adds unnecessary time to the ordering process.
"MyFarm can break down some of these silos and reduce the lead time required in the ordering process. For feed manufacturers, this applies to both the downstream side -- making the right amount of complete feed at the right time -- as well as the upstream side -- ordering the right amount of feed ingredients at the right time," Ryder added.
A number of other apps for MyFarm are being planned as the platform is rolled out. These include applications that monitor water use, propane use and electricity use at production sites. Each of these applications will be designed so users can set their own thresholds for alerting and reporting.
"No two livestock production or feed manufacturing operations are the same, so they shouldn't be stuck using the same software as everyone else. MyFarm will allow them to create and access the data most pertinent to them based on their supply arrangements," Ryder said.
Feedlogic, based in Willmar, Minn., develops intelligent feeding solutions that can provide livestock producers with real-time monitoring and management of feed.