Summary and Implications
A new feed intake monitoring system (FIMS) was developed and utilized to evaluate individual animal feed intakes and conversions. Data from the FIMS was compared to historical data from the same producer which was accumulated via a Pinpointer 4000 system. Lower cost nutrition was accomplished via normal feedlot total mixed rations delivered to feedbunks with using a mixing delivery wagon. Wireless data downloads eliminated data entry errors and no animal training time was needed for individual feed intakes. Bull growth rates, feed intakes, and conversions on the FIMS compared favorably to the older Pinpointer system.
Iowa State University
Strohbehn, Daryl R.; Dahlke, Garland; Busby, W. Darrell; and Beedle, Perry
"Evaluation of Feed Efficiency Testing Angus Bulls on a New Feed
Intake Monitoring System ,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 654, ASL R2278.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol654/iss1/27