A new package of customised weighing, monitoring and reporting solutions culminating in cloud-based data storage with potential to interface with other farm management software is available with Kuhn Profile and Euromix trailed diet mixer-feeders.

Programmable weighing as standard on all machines with the option of either a secondary display or a remote-control facility, available through pre-loaded ‘apps’ on a smartphone or tablet. Cloud-based data transfer provides full ration tracking and management with a comprehensive package of monitoring and reporting options, accessed from a farm office computer.

The new facilities are built around the DG600 terminal from Italian manufacturer, Dinamica Generale, that is now a standard fitment on the Profile and Euromix machines. It has two screens – one displaying weights, the other serving as a virtual keypad that simultaneously shows ingredient names and quantities.

Scrollable menus are said to make choosing and inputting data faster and easier, and the terminal can store up to 99 mixes, each with up to 24 ingredients and up to 48 feed batches at any one time. Equally, the unit can be used as a simple weighing display.

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Kuhn’s Datamix View app, available pre-loaded on a rugged smartphone or tablet computer, provides a second display, for use in a tractor or loader cab, for example, connecting to the DG600 unit by WiFi within a 90m range.

The alternative Datamix Control app enables programming on the smartphone or tablet, in which case the feeder-mounted DG600 becomes a display unit only, and the ability to access historic information and download or share a PDF.

For more extensive ration management, the DTM data transfer software for use with the DG600 or more comprehensive DG8000 system exchanges information with a Cloud-based facility through a 3G modem or via a flash drive. It provides a wide range of ration programming, monitoring and reporting functions, with the additional ability to be integrated with many of the leading herd management programmes.

This allows dietary information to be combined with herd health data, for example, enabling ration optimisation and tracking of any variations in herd performance.