The votes are in and Dairy Herd Management is pleased to announce the top 10 innovative products of the year.
Entrees were evaluated by Dairy Herd Management’s independent panel of dairy farmers, agribusiness representatives and university experts. Each entry was judged on its originality within the marketplace, usefulness and value to dairy farmers.
This is the second year for the Innovation Awards. With more than 30 entries, it was stiff competition.
In no particular order, the top 10 honorees are:
Select Sires Inc. introduces StrataGEN™.
StrataGEN is a unique, sequential breeding system that offers optimal use of genomic insights to help dairy producers achieve individual breeding goals, while also minimizing inbreeding.
StrataGEN uses genomic insights to categorize both daughter-proven sires and genomic young sires into one of five unique genetic lines, based on common traits they’ve inherited from their ancestors, as confirmed by individual genomic testing. Each line is identified with a single color — orange, blue, green, yellow or red, for easy understanding and implementation into any dairy breeding program.
Inbreeding and the potential financial losses it causes, is a real problem in dairy operations today. With the intensive use of genomics now being applied to sire selection, the risk of inbreeding is even greater. Research has indicated that for each one percent inbreeding increase in a herd, performance is impacted by: -24 Lifetime NM$, +.36 days of age at first calving, -13 days Productive Life, -790 pounds lifetime milk production, -25 pounds lifetime protein production and +.26 month first calving interval. All of these issues add up to have a significant impact to a dairy producer’s bottom line.
For more information: Go to www.selectsires.com or call (614) 873-4683.
Arid Lite Bedding Recovery System
Manure Systems, Inc. introduces the Arid Lite Bedding Recovery System.
It is a turn-key fully-automated system that converts raw dairy manure into safe, reusable, high-quality, low-cost bedding material. The modular system has a very small footprint and is geared to provide an affordable solution for 500-cow-or-less operations.
Using a special process, the system recovers only the large coarse fiber in manure, removing the sludge, nutrients and liquid using a conditioning feature exclusive to ARID Lite. The cleaned recovered fiber is then press-dried, and is ready for immediate use as bedding material — the need for heating or composting eliminated by the conditioning process. The removed sludge and liquid is sent to storage for future use.