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Can I add InTouch Controller to my current KEENAN?

KEENAN customers with six paddle machines can add InTouch Controller to their existing feeder wagon. InTouch Controller creates the optimal physical mix in an accurate and consistent manner every day. It gives users an unprecedented degree of control over a ration’s formulation, its ingredients and its mixing.

InTouch Controller provides users with guidance on the order of loading and mixing, and the number of paddle revolutions required to get the optimal physical mix. InTouch Controller draws on KEENAN’s ingredients’ data base which separates feed types into eight different categories and then subdivides each category into as many as 37 different groups. This information is then combined with the size of feeder wagon and the livestock class being fed to provide the correct loading sequence and the paddle revolutions needed. The data base currently holds details on over 10 million categorised ingredients drawn from over 1700 farms in a wide range of countries.

InTouch Controller utilises the mobile phone network to connect the feeder wagon to a secure website that can be accessed by authorised users from anywhere in the world on any web enabled device.

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What is feed conversion efficiency?

Feed efficiency is a very simple concept. It measures how well cows actually use the ration, and it is expressed as the litres produced per kg dry matter intake.

Compare a cow to a car. To assess how efficiently a car performs, the best measure is the miles per litre. More efficient cars go further per litre.

The same is true for cows. Instead of miles think litres, and instead of fuel, think feed. In the same way that a more efficient car will do more miles per litre, so a more efficient cow will produce more milk per unit of feed input.

With feed efficiency, what we are interested in measuring is the litres of milk produced per kgDMI, as a measure of how well the cow is using the ration and how economically they are performing. The principles apply equally when cows are housed and when they are grazing.

How to calculate it
The beauty is that Feed Efficiency is a very easy figure to calculate as long as you know how many litres you are producing per day and how many kgDM are being fed, and these figures should be readily available. For example if the average yield per cow (Litres/cow/day) is 27 and the total dry matter fed (Kg/cow/day) is 20.25
then the feed efficiency (kg milk per kg DM) is 1.33

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Can KEENAN diet feeders handle bales?

The new Balehandler Series III allows KEENAN users to quickly process all types of round or square bales. This unit can be specified on new machines or retro fitted to existing mixer wagons.
The Balehandler comprises a series of hinged metal bars which span the open top of the mixing chamber to provide a cradle to support the bale. These now have a deeper curve which not only hold the bale more securely but also exposes more of the bale to the paddles. The chopping continues within the machine using the fixed knives attached to the sides of the mixing chamber. It normally takes less than two minutes to complete which ensures that the entire bale is pre-processed before it enters the chamber.

One of the advantages of the Bale Handler is the low power, low fuel requirement – vertical auger systems which may allow whole bales to be dropped in to the mixing chamber put an enormous strain on drive lines and require high power and heavy fuel use.

And unlike this ‘one-drop’ system, the Bale Handler efficiently chops the material, usually in less time with the guarantee that the entire bale has been processed.

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Does the physical mix matter?

For ruminant animals, inconsistent and under or over mixing can impact negatively on milk yields and herd health. Under mixed and there will be sorting at the feed fence and a poor mix of long and short feed particles in the rumen. This will result in poor utilisation of the more nutritionally valuable components of the ration.

Over mixing of the ration results in small particles and fibres which promotes the rapid production of acids which can lead to a steep fall in rumen pH and a resulting acidosis. In both situations the rumen is not performing at its optimum and as a result milk yields will fall, feed will not be digested as well and cow health is at risk.

With the introduction of KEENAN’s InTouch Controller it has the ability to create accurate, consistent rations. It provides the means to maximise feed efficiency in a controlled and measured format.

KEENAN has gone a step further to give livestock farmers an unprecedented degree of control over a ration’s formulation, its ingredients and its mixing with the InTouch Controller.

The KEENAN mixer wagon with the InTouch Controller produces accurately mixed rations time after time, day after day, year after year.  It intelligently removes the risk of ration variability.

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Why choose KEENAN?

Over the past 30 years we build a strong reputation for manufacturing quality mixer wagons combined with unrivalled reliability, excellent customer service and support back up. As the company has evolved throughout the years we have added cutting edge technological developments with breakthrough nutritional expertise.

KEENAN has data on over 1,000,000 cows from 9,800 farms in 25 different countries and represents the world’s largest field database on dairy herd feed efficiency. We constantly invest in ongoing scientific research and innovative new product developments which benefit all KEENAN customers.
We have independently verified results which show the following key benefits of using the KEENAN Mech-fiber system;

on average a 10% improvement is achieved with results in milk yields increasing by 1.1 litres with 0.06% higher milk protein.
– Milk quality and composition consistency – proven to improve protein and fat
– Improves animal health – A survey of over 27,700 cows across Europe showed the incidence of nutrition related disorders including milk fever, ketosis and displaced abomasums reduced by 60% of cases per 100 cows calved.

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