Ration optimisation with fodjan – Overview

Required user rights – fodjan Pro: write rights, owner or admin | fodjan App: write rights or edit rations

In addition to ration planning, fodjan also offers functions for ration optimisation to suit your goals, such as

  • Save feed costs
  • Increase feed health
  • Increase milk yield
  • Using your own feed more efficiently
  • and much more

In this article we would like to give you an overview of the different possibilities of ration optimisation you can use in fodjan.

Step 1: Preparations

In order for your ration suggestions to fit your farm, the settings and data on your fodjan farm should be as up-to-date and accurate as possible. The pre-settings you have automatically after your registration are good to get first ideas for ration adjustment through the ration suggestions, but of course our algorithm can only work as accurate as you allow it to. The more accurate the data and settings, the better your ration suggestions.

Our recommendation for beginners: Start in step 2 and have a look at your ration suggestions. If they do not fit, feel free to come back here. We have written a checklist for you here for the basic settings in fodjan that affect ration optimisation.

Step 2: Ration suggestions

Ration suggestions can be found in the fodjan app (the free version only contains a limited selection of ration suggestions) as well as in the assistant in fodjan Pro. These include, for example, suggestions such as “Healthier”, “More milk” or “Cheaper”.

However, these only make small deviations from the existing ration so that your animals can slowly get used to a change in feeding. For larger changes, go on to step 3.

In fodjan Pro you can use the assistant to display suggestions for improving the rations you have created. You can find the assistant in the left menu under “Assistant”. For more information, read our article on the “Assistant” page in fodjan Pro.

Example view: Assistant in fodjan Pro

In the fodjan app you can view improvement suggestions for each ration.

Note: Feed quantities and other parameters (milk yield, costs, IOFC, feed health score, etc.) are only adjusted step by step with the improvement suggestions in the app. The quantities of feed already used in the ration are changed in the process. With a Feed Station you can also adjust and improve the ration using the ration suggestions in the app.

  1. Go to Feeding in the bottom menu.
  1. Select the feed group that contains the ration you want to improve.
  2. Open “planned” (feeding start in the future), “fed” (other rations with feeding start incl. current ration) or “saved” (rations without feeding start) at the bottom under “other rations”, depending on where the corresponding ration is located.
  1. Scroll down in the overview to “Ration suggestions”. The following ration improvements are possible (you can see the different suggestions by scrolling to the right or left):
  • Cheaper / Low-Priced: When this selection is made, costs are reduced and the IOFC is improved.
  • More milk: Selecting this ration suggestion will increase milk yield.
  • Less nitrogen: Here the ruminal nitrogen balance (RNB) is lowered and the protein surplus in the milk is reduced.
  • Healthier & Cheaper: Here costs are reduced, but at the same time IOFC and feed health score are improved.
  • Healthier: Here the feed health score is improved.
  1. Click on the desired ration suggestion. Note: With the fodjan App Free, only the ration suggestion “Low-Priced” is available, all other improvements can only be made with the fodjan App Premium.
  2. You will be shown how milk yield, costs, IOFC and feed health score improve with the ration suggestion. If you want to accept the suggestion, click on the button “Accept suggestion”.
  1. Give the ration a name. If you want to save the ration with feeding start, tick the “Set start of feeding”, enter the date of the feeding start. If you want to save the adjusted ration without feeding start, remove the tick at “Set start of feeding”. Then click on “Save” at the bottom right.

Step 3: New calculation / ration catalogue (only fodjan Pro)

The beauty of the ration catalogue is that you can set your own optimisation targets and also set requirements for feed cost or feed quantity limits, etc. In addition, the ration catalogue also suggests alternative feeds.

The ration catalogue can be found in the menu under Rations > New calculation or via the assistant in the optimisation option “Individual”. Read more about the functionality of the ration catalogue in our article “New calculation” – Ration catalogue in fodjan Pro.

At this point at the latest, it is advisable to check the basic settings that affect the ration optimisation again. You can find a checklist here.

Alternative: Optimise rations manually

Of course, in addition to these little helpers in fodjan, you also have the option of continuing to adjust your rations manually and still optimise them. With the displayed key figures for each ration – costs, IOFC, calculated milk yield and feed health evaluation – you can always keep an eye on the effects of a ration change. Find out more about editing rations here.

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See also

Page „Assistant“ in fodjan Pro
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Basic settings for ration optimisation
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Ration catalogue: Have alternative feeds suggested
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Ration catalogue: What to do if no ration suggestions are displayed?
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New calculation – ration catalogue in fodjan Pro
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