In an attempt to make feed bin monitoring safer and more efficient for animal producers and feed mills, Cargill has partnered with BinSentry as a distributor of the latter’s feed management solution that tracks feed inventory.
Sensors from BinSentry use LiDAR sensors, the same technology used in self-driving cars, to read bins every four hours. Cargill claimed that BinSentry installs in 10 minutes or less, requires no bin modification, and is solar or battery powered. It also has self-cleaning sensors that wipe dust before each reading to ensure better accuracy. Users can confirm the correct feed is in their bins with a dashboard that they can view on mobile devices or computers.
Scott Ainslie, regional managing director of animal nutrition for Cargill, commented: “Integrating BinSentry sensors with our Cargill Nutrition Cloud Platform helps animal producers, feed mills and their customers get the right feed for specific animal groupings in their operations. This also opens up opportunities for truck route optimisation, and better production scheduling in feed mills.”
BinSentry leverages low-power, long-range networks such as NB-IoT and LTE-M, so even remotely located feed bins can be monitored. Feed mills can plan delivery routes more efficiently, and can ensure that farmers have the right amount of feed when they need it. Other benefits include fewer ordering errors, reduction in late or unexpected feed orders, and increased safety by eliminating the need for producers or feed mill employees to climb into a bin to check inventory levels. With BinSentry, Cargill customers are provided with a software that provides on-farm insights.
Randall Schwartzentruber, CEO for BinSentry, concluded: “BinSentry is proud to partner with Cargill to eliminate costly inefficiencies, and enhance operational sustainability for those working hard to feed the world. Together, our relentless pursuit of agricultural innovation combined with Cargill’s feed expertise and extensive supply chain footprint will allow us to scale our solution quickly, helping producers and feed mill operators to be more successful.”