The new MilkPay app from Adisseo, one of the world's largest manufacturers of nutritional solutions for animals, streamlines calculations to determine the economic impact of balancing amino acids in a dairy herd's ration. The free app is available for use on iPhones.
The MilkPay app calculates the price of milk for any Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) that pays on components. It:
Calculates the current value of milk at current component levels,
Calculates the value of milk when feed costs and component levels change,
Shows how these changes affect income over feed cost (IOFC) and return on investment (ROI), and
Uses one-click updating of payment prices for components, somatic cell count, and the Producer Price Differential.
"Adisseo is committed to assisting dairy producers in maximizing income by advancing herd nutrition," says Brian Sloan, Ph.D., Director of Ruminant Business, Adisseo. "The first-of-its-kind MilkPay app streamlines the decision process for nutritionists and producers, whether in the field or in the office."
Balancing feed for amino acids in dairy rations has become an accepted best practice in recent years. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. When a shortage of a specific amino acid exists, the animal cannot use the other available amino acids, and therefore cannot efficiently produce milk protein. An insufficient supply of an essential amino acid, such as lysine or methionine, has consequences such as reduced milk volume, milk protein and milk fat. Long- term consequences exist which impact cow health and reproduction.
The Adisseo Group is one of the world's largest manufacturers of nutritional solutions for animals. It designs, manufactures and markets four families of animal feed additives: Rhodimet®, an essential amino acid for monogastric animals (poultry, pigs, etc.); MetaSmart® and Smartamine® M, unique methionine products for ruminants; Rovabio®, a multi-enzyme product which improves the digestibility of raw materials and Microvit®, a complete range of vitamins.
Additionally, in 2007 Adisseo further strengthened its position in the field of sulphur products, which are vital for the production of methionine.
In October 2011, Adisseo acquired Innov'ia, one of the European leaders in the design and contract processing of powdered and granulated ingredients for the food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals industries. Through this transaction, Adisseo Group strengthened its expertise in the formulation of additives, in research and development and in industrial transfer.
Worldwide, Adisseo Group employs 1,400 people, has four research and development divisions, and five production facilities in France and Spain. Its global distribution network covers more than 2,500 clients in more than 100 countries. In 2011, the group's turnover exceeded 1,1 billion ($1.5 billion USD).
Adisseo Group is one of the main subsidiaries of China National BlueStar, a key player in the chemical industry in China.