Lamb & Sheep
What is Bin Monitoring?

Meadow Feeds recently launched iFeed, a technically focused approach to farm service and management which encompasses various value added services. An integral part of iFeed is Bin Monitoring. As a market leader in the Southern African animal feed industry, Meadow Feeds has introduced Bin Monitoring in order to improve both on-farm and delivery efficiencies utilising the Meadow Feeds fleet.

Bin Monitoring allows both the client and the feed supplier to accurately monitor and manage feed stock levels and utilise the feed stored in bulk feed silo's fitted with load cells. The device uses directcontact sensing technology for continuous bin mass measurement. Once installed, this system connects to an internet database, which in turn monitors and captures information on any addition's to and usage of the bin's capacity. This allows for live data access at all times. The system provides regular updates of feed stock levels and transmits this data to the client and the feed supplier. This data can then be used to present in the desired format, either as graphs, flow charts or other graphics. Presented in this form, the daily data is easy to understand and interpret. One quick glance at the graphics allows the client and Meadow Feeds to assess the rate of feed usage and plan accordingly.

Advantages of Bin Monitoring

Bin Monitoring gives clients peace of mind, allowing for greater control over and monitoring of feed which is by far the highest on-farm cost. It reduces the risk of running out of feed and allows Meadow Feeds to accurately monitor feed usage, ensuring timeous processing of orders and efficient feed delivery. Bin Monitoring also allows for improved fleet management and truck payloads, reducing the risk of feed returns and delivering feed into the incorrect bin. Improved feed stock management means fewer deliveries, resulting in a better carbon footprint for Meadow Feeds and its clients.

An added bonus is that it allows for efficient afterhours delivery, as Bin Monitoring gives the client proof of delivery and an accurate measure of the quantity delivered. Consequently, the risk of feed theft is largely eliminated.

Clients can use the data to confirm daily feed utilisation relative to that indicated by the electronic feed system or any other feed system. The SMS notification system keeps both the client and Meadow Feeds up-to-date on all feed stock movements, allowing the client and Meadow's Technical Advisor easy access to information such as:

• stock on hand
• usage per milking
• proof of delivery
• average weekly stock usage
• minimum stock requirements, and
• the type of products used.

Future developments will allow for feed conversion efficiency calculations, temperature and CO2 monitoring. Other technological services will also be linked to the Bin Monitoring data, allowing a holistic approach to technical advice and management at farm level. Bin Monitoring, together with the other components of Meadow's iFeed programme, allows clients to improve on-farm efficiencies and have the best possible control over these vital aspects of their business.

Our People: proudly drive Meadow Feeds' vision to deliver more than just feed throughout Southern Africa. A culture of hard work and respect for ethical business practices and good governance is clearly evident throughout our organisation.
Our Pedigree: Since 1942 Meadow Feeds has been supplying safe, high quality feed to Southern African livestock producers, using our unrivaled experience and expertise to earn the trust of generations of farmers who bring wholesome meat, milk and eggs to your table.
Our Passion: for animal nutrition has made us the largest feed company in Africa and the leading supplier of innovative high performance feed solutions.
Our Purpose: is to scientifically, and cost effectively, meet the requirements of modern farm animals, which require a finely balanced and expertly manufactured feed to perform to their genetic potential.
Our Process:
Research and Development: Meadow Feeds has technical agreements with the world's leading animal nutrition companies including Provimi, Neutron and Cargill to ensure that we stay abreast of the latest global developments in animal feed.
Formulation: Meadow Feeds' nutritionists use the world's foremost formulation software to optimise least cost, balanced animal diets at a nutrient rather than a raw material level.
Raw materials: Our raw materials are sourced from accredited and rigorously approved suppliers whom have partnered with Meadow Feeds to reduce risk and ensure consistent quality from source. All raw materials are analysed prior to receipt using Near Infra-red Spectrophotometry to ensure that the product is of acceptable nutrient quality.
Manufacturing: Our seven, well situated milling and mixing facilities incorporate automation and control systems which allow our excellent operators to precisely blend the right ingredients at the formulated inclusion level.
Logistics: We have partnered with Barloworld Logistics to ensure that our feed is delivered to farm efficiently from our geographically well positioned feed mills, and that the bio-security and traceability chain is maintained throughout.
On farm feed solutions: Our registered animal scientists provide on farm technical support to ensure that the right feed is Fed Right® for all stages of the animal's lifecycle.
Our Promise: Meadow Feeds incorporates quality assurance systems and a comprehensive risk management approach to ensure the safety, integrity and traceability of our products. Our mills are ISO accredited as audited by the SABS. As members of the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association, whose mission is to ensure "Safe Feed for Safe Food", we voluntarily comply with association's code of conduct as audited by Afri-Compliance annually.
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