Technology was part of the answer for Rod Hissong, Mercer Vu Farms, Mercersburg, Pa.
“We have always used TMR Tracker software to manage our rations and feeding,” Rod said. “We continue to evolve that, investing in user-friendly touchscreens for ease of changing dry matters and getting information real time. We have added a handheld NIR for measuring dry matter. It has taken a job that took hours to just minutes. It’s a little early to tell what we will see, but it’s one more piece to mixing and delivering the most consistent diet that we can.”
“Last year we purchased a new forage harvester,” said Sandy Stauffer, Nicholville, N.Y. “While shredlage is the latest innovation in corn silage processing, we thought it over and stayed with conventional processing, but ran the rolls tighter than ever before. This is the first year we have been really satisfied with the kernel processing. By the time we are ready to trade harvesters again, we should have more information and our decision may be different.”