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FeedLogic Corporation Announces Change in Leadership

By |May 26th, 2017|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2017

Willmar, MN –  FeedLogic Corporation (FeedLogic) has announced that effective January 30, 2017, Chief Executive Officer Andrew (Drew) Ryder has stepped down from his role as CEO and James Reining has assumed the role of CEO. Mr Ryder’s last day with the company was February 10, 2017. His future plans have not been disclosed at this time. The hiring of Mr. Reining concludes an extensive national search and interview process that began in November, 2016 by the FeedLogic board of directors.

Reining has spent most of his career in the petroleum equipment industry, culminating as the as the owner of Eagle Welding and Petroleum Equipment in St. Cloud Minnesota which he sold and is now operating successfully under new ownership. After selling his company, Mr. Reining and his wife spent time traveling but recently he felt he needed a new challenge and was looking for an opportunity when he discovered the FeedLogic position. Jude Conway, of the company’s board directors replied, ”we are quite pleased, that after months of reviewing resumes from all over the U.S. we found such a qualified candidate in our back yard.”

Mr. Reining, as the incoming CEO will assume responsibilities for managing all the day-to-day operations of Feedlogic including, sales, marketing, manufacturing and service of the company’s family of products used in the pork and poultry industries. His management of a company that fabricated and installed equipment, primarily in rural settings makes him well suited to take on the challenges at FeedLogic.

“FeedLogic has quality equipment and fantastic people working for it and I am honored to be chosen as its new leader, said James Reining.

About FeedLogic Corporation

FeedLogic Corporation is a provider of robotic and electronic feeding equipment and related products for swine and poultry production located in Willmar, Minn. Its flagship product is FEEDPro, an intelligent feed delivery unit where precise amounts of feed are automatically loaded and can be delivered to any feeder in any quantity.

Antibiotic Use

By |May 5th, 2015|

Tyson – We are striving to eliminate human antibiotics from our broiler chicken* production by September 2017 and we’ll publish the progress made toward this goal beginning with our 2015 Sustainability Report.

Antibiotic-resistance is a global concern and we see it as our responsibility to be part of a solution. We’ve already made a lot progress. We’ve stopped using them in our 35 hatcheries and have reduced the use of human antibiotics in our broiler chickens by more than 80 percent since 2011. Only a small percentage of our broiler chickens ever receive human antibiotics. These medicines are given only as needed and only as prescribed by a veterinarian.

We’re also forming working groups with independent farmers and others in our beef, pork and turkey supply chains to discuss ways to reduce the use of human antibiotics on their farms. Those groups will begin meeting in summer 2015. Tyson Foods’ international business is committed to taking similar measures on antibiotic use in its global chicken operations but has not set a timeframe.

To meet our goal we must find new ways to reduce the need for human antibiotics on the farm. We have a responsibility to treat sick animals and animal well-being will never be compromised. We plan to work with food industry, government, veterinary, public health and academic communities, and provide funding, to accelerate research into disease prevention and antibiotic alternatives on the farm. We also are getting input from an Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel, which is made up of independent advisors.

*Broilers are chickens raised for meat.

U.S. bird flu outbreak may mean no turkey for Thanksgiving

By |May 5th, 2015|

P.J. Huffstutter
CHICAGO — Reuters
Published Tuesday, May. 05 2015, 7:52 AM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, May. 05 2015, 8:52 AM EDT

The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say.

The virulent H5N2 strain has already spread to 14 states and led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more than 21 million birds, including 3.3 million turkeys in Minnesota, the nation’s top turkey producer.
The federal government is working on a vaccine to fight an outbreak of H5N2 bird flu in six states. The outbreak is being described as the country’s largest in 30 years. Jillian Kitchener reports.

And now, with Thanksgiving just seven months away, farmers say they may be running out of time to raise enough turkeys –the traditional centerpiece of holiday feasts – to meet the demand.

Once a farm has been infected, flocks must be culled, composted in barns, then disposed of. Buildings must then be thoroughly disinfected. The whole process can take up to three months before a new flock of turkey poults can be brought in, said Steve Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

After chicks are re-introduced to the barns, farmers say, it typically takes about four months to produce a full-sized hen – the type of turkey most Americans prefer for their holiday feasts.

If breeder farms that supply the young birds have also been infected – as some in Minnesota have – simply acquiring the chicks could prove challenging.

And in Minnesota, there’s still no sign of an end to the outbreak, despite tight biosecurity measures and quarantines. Already, at least one turkey processing plant has cut back on workers’ shifts because of a lack of birds to slaughter.

“We’re going to have fewer turkeys coming out because of this,” Olson said.

“The question we can’t answer is how much this is going to impact our total system, because this isn’t over yet,” he added.

Of the nearly 240 million turkeys raised last year in the United States, nearly one in five came from Minnesota farms. About 30 per cent of the Minnesota birds are sold as whole turkeys at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The remaining 70 per cent are sold year-round for deli meat, frozen meals, ground turkey and other products, according to industry data.

“There’s a sense of pride in farmers, in what they do,” Olson said, in a state where farms have often been in the same family for generations. “This is challenging their belief in their ability to raise turkeys, because they have not been able to stop the disease, despite them doing everything they can do from a biosecurity standpoint.”

As the reach of the virus continues to expand, companies up and down the turkey supply chain are watching closely.

Tyson Foods Inc said on Monday that the avian influenza has affected some of its turkey contract farms in neighboring Iowa, where farmers have had to euthanize birds.

While that loss could affect production levels at its turkey plant sometime this summer, Tyson does not produce the whole turkeys typically used at Thanksgiving dinners. Its turkey division is a small part of the company’s overall business, and Tyson does not expect the loss to have a material financial impact.

Food retailers are also monitoring the spread of the virus.

Boston Market Corp. said it has been assured by Butterball LLC, one of its main turkey suppliers, that the company’s birds are being raised in areas not affected by the flu outbreak.

But Boston Market Chief Financial Officer Greg Uhing said the company is watching the situation. Butterball declined to discuss specific supply-chain arrangements it has in place with its customers.

Meanwhile, some help for holiday feasts could come from cold storage, where stocks of whole turkey hens were at 98.7 million pounds as of the end of March, a 24 per cent jump over February and up 16 per cent over the same period a year earlier, according to federal Agriculture Department data.

Raising birds for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals begins early in the year, with turkeys slaughtered and stored in cold storage to meet the demand at year’s end, say industry officials.

Some producers are confident that supplies will largely keep pace with demand.

“There is some wiggle room” for the holidays, said Darrell Glaser, who raises 600,000 turkeys a year for Cargill Inc at his family’s Bar G Ranch in Rogers, Texas.

“You may see a small impact,” said Glaser, who raises the variety of turkeys sold for Thanksgiving. “Unless this outbreak gets a lot worse, I don’t see it having a huge impact on our overall supply.”

Still, Glaser’s not taking any chances. He has increased biosecurity measures on his farm and told staff not to get close to any wild birds. Visits to nearby farms have stopped, and any trips to the Midwest have been put on hold.

Three-Year Trial Shows Savings From On-Farm Blending

By |April 9th, 2013|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact: Drew Ryder, 320-222-3008, dryder@feedlogic.com

 Three-Year Trial Shows Savings From On-Farm Blending

 WILLMAR, Minn. April 9, 2013 — Feedlogic Corporation, a leading supplier of intelligent  solutions for livestock production, has released results from a three-year trial which demonstrate the value of blending feed on farm to more closely match the dietary requirements of the animals.

 The trial was conducted at a 1,200-head commercial hog finishing site in Minnesota and showed a net improvement in profitability of over $3.75 per marketed pig by blending feed versus feeding standard phase diets. The savings came primarily from a reduced feed cost per pound of gain.

 More than 12,000 pigs were involved in the trial over a total of 10 turns. The trial facility was set up with a FeedSaver blending system which allowed half of the pigs (approx. 600 head) to be fed the standard phase diets and the other half to receive a blend of two standard diets – typically the first and fourth diets used in the standard phase program. Feed for both groups was weighed through the FeedSaver system, allowing an accurate comparison of feed consumption between the groups. The blended diets were changed with every 10 lbs/head of consumption; the phase diets as per the standard feed budgets.

 Other standard protocols followed through the trial:

  • All pigs placed at the same time and sorted evenly between pens (24 pens per group). The average weight of both groups was used as starting weight for all.
  • Feed pricing was based on average delivered cost of diets for each turn.
  • Both groups were fed an identical diet with Paylean (ractopamine) for the last 14 to 21 days of a turn, as per the standard procedure in the producer’s commercial system.
  • Standard marketing procedures were followed – the largest pigs from either group were shipped first. Pigs from each group were tattooed separately to allow tracking of carcass data by group.

 Key results from the trial:

  • Feed conversion for the blend-fed group was 5% better than the control group (2.56:1 vs. 2.69:1).
  • Blend-fed pigs averaged slightly better average daily gain (1.92 lbs vs. 1.89 lbs for the control group).
  • Carcass yield, lean percentage, and backfat thickness were all virtually identical between groups.
  • The average carcass premium per pig (which included sort loss) was $5.23 for the blend-fed group and $5.24 for the control group.
  •  Feed cost per pound of gain averaged $0.27 for the blend-fed group vs. $0.29 for the control group.

 The results of the trial confirm previous theories that altering diets more frequently than the standard industry practice can improve feed conversion and lower feed cost per pound of gain. They also provide strong evidence that the blending does not come at the cost of carcass premiums.

 Aside from improving producer profitability, the blending concept demonstrated in the trial also has benefit to feed mills since it reduces the number of diets that need to be manufactured and simplifies the feed delivery process. The same diet can be stored in a feed bin for a longer period of time, making it easier for truck drivers to manage.

 

About Feedlogic Corporation

Willmar, Minnesota-based Feedlogic Corp. is a pioneer in the development of intelligent feeding solutions which can provide livestock producers with real-time monitoring and management of feed. It offers a suite of products which combine patented hardware and software to measure production processes and execute more precisely. These products include FEEDPro for research applications, FeedSaver intelligent feeding systems for commercial production, FeedMeter feed measurement systems, BlendTronic micro-ingredient applicators, and the MyFarm network for managing production data.

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Feedlogic Launches MyFarm Network

By |November 21st, 2012|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Drew Ryder, 320-222-3008, dryder@feedlogic.com

Feedlogic Launches MyFarm Network

WILLMAR, Minn. November 21, 2012 — Feedlogic Corporation, a leading 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 which allows multiple users in the livestock production supply chain to access the data they need to manage their operations more efficiently. It is built in a way which 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,” said Drew Ryder, Feedlogic president. “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 including:

  • FeedMeter – an app from Feedlogic which allows real-time tracking of feed usage at production sites.
  • FeedAlert – an app from Feedlogic which alerts users when there is a feed outage or when excessive feed usage is occurring.
  • MyBin – an app from Feedlogic which tracks and manages feed inventories in bins on farm.
  • Feed Allocation System (FAS) – an app from software company PrairiE Systems which 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. The MyFarm portal allows users to access a web portal to view, comment, and monitor on farm activity. MyFarm also offers a standard web service format enabling simple integration to proprietary software solutions and allowing fluid exchange of information.

“What makes MyFarm so powerful is its interactive characteristics and its potential to provide a more open exchange of data between companies,” said Ryder. “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 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.”

A number of other apps for MyFarm are being planned as the platform is rolled out. These include applications which monitor water use, propane use, and electrical use at production sites. Each of these applications will be designed so that users can set their own thresholds for alerting and reporting.

“The sky is the limit on the MyFarm platform,” according to Ryder. “The cost to store data in the cloud is low and will continue to get lower. We can add many more apps without taxing the system, allowing customization at a much lower cost.

“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 that’s most pertinent to them based on their supply arrangements.”

About Feedlogic Corporation

Willmar, Minnesota-based Feedlogic Corp. is a pioneer in the development of intelligent feeding solutions which can provide livestock producers with real-time monitoring and management of feed. It offers a suite of products which combine patented hardware and software to measure production processes and execute more precisely. These products include FEEDPro for research applications, FeedSaver intelligent feeding systems for commercial production, FeedMeter feed measurement systems, BlendTronic micro-ingredient applicators, and the MyFarm network for managing production data.

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