Cargill launches enhanced MAX feed nutrition analysis system

March 25, 2009 07:00 PM
MINNEAPOLIS – Cargill is launching an upgraded, enhanced version of the MAX system, a proprietary software program used by Cargill dairy consultants to help better balance dairy cow diets and create customized products for dairy operators. The system integrates core processes, information technologies and nutrient information to enable dairy operators to better measure and manage the dairy nutrient content of ingredients used in their operations.
"Dairy operators work in an increasingly complex industry and today face severe economic challenges,” says Mike Jerred, dairy brand manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition. "Having made significant improvements to the MAX system, we can provide integrated solutions for our customers in regard to nutrient supply management, detailed economic analysis, whole-farm-level inventory analysis, and ingredient run-out date projections.”
Jerred notes that the improved software will include updated nutrient and animal profiles for dairy cattle nutrition, enhanced tools to evaluate and report the nutrient-based value of ingredients, and a new functionality to run "what if” scenarios, among other features designed to help customers make better decisions about feed formulations.

"The concept of integrated nutrition through the MAX system is all about linking together key processes to help customers make well-informed decisions,” says Jerred, who notes that the new MAX version is the culmination of four years of development work that ushers in a new era of dairy ration formulation. "The decisions that dairy operators make in forage harvesting and storage, ingredient purchasing, ration formulation, feeding systems and general production management all have an impact on the profitability of the operation,” he says. "With MAX, we can assess and integrate all of these key processes and issues in helping dairy operators build their business.”

To learn more about the MAX system, contact a local Cargill representative to request a demonstration or visit

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