SAN CARLOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Farmers Business Network, Inc. (FBN®), the global AgTech platform and farmer-to-farmer network, today launched its Profectus™ Feeds, a new approach to beef cattle feeding that could increase profitability and sustainability of beef production.
The system, designed by FBN Livestock's range of nutrition experts and veterinarians, balances beef diets for amino acid requirements relative to energy consumption, similar to how the swine industry used diet formulation to reduce cost of gain by improving feed efficiency. Profectus Feeds, in commercial studies and comparisons, have shown a 5 to 15% in feed-to gain ratio and profitability compared to traditional diet formulations. It has also maintained or improved carcass value.
"We're excited to launch Profectus Feeds to create a win-win for producers, as they are able to reduce the cost of feed while delivering higher performing cattle," said Dr. Brian Dorcey, Director of Veterinary Strategy, FBN. "This transformative solution has shown the ability to consistently unlock the genetic potential in cattle."
Profectus Feeds realizes that a protein requirement for cattle doesn’t exist and bases diet formulation on the amino acid requirement that is determined by the energy density of the diet. This focus on amino acid balance leads to improved feed efficiency and typically lower cost of gain, reduced instances of digestive issues, and improved environmental sustainability.
"Nutrition is key to performance and the result of a healthier ruminant is a healthier calf overall," said Dr. Dorcey. "Ruminant health translates to every aspect of the animal's overall health."
Profectus Feeds is revolutionizing feedlot nutrition with improved feed efficiency, predictable growth and better digestive health to optimize profit per head. In a recent trial of 335 Angus-Holstein cross calves, Profectus Feeds reduced gain costs by 15 cents/lb. for a value increase of $83.52 per head.
Profectus Feeds further lays the foundation of positioning beef production to meet challenges of the future, like methane reduction and animal welfare, while simultaneously increasing farm profitability and maximizing genetic improvement.
The Profectus Feeds system is now commercially available for all FBN members at www.fbn.com/profectus
Farmers Business Network, Inc. (FBN®) is an independent AgTech platform and farmer-to-farmer network with a mission to power the prosperity of family farmers around the world while working towards a sustainable future. Its Farmers First® promise has attracted over 55,000 members to the network with a common goal of helping farmers maximize their farm’s profit potential with data and technology enabled direct-to farmer commerce, community and sustainability offerings.
FBN has set out to redefine value and convenience for farmers by helping reduce the cost of production and maximize the value of their crops. The FBN network has grown to cover more than 117 million acres of member farms in the US and Canada. Blending the best of Midwestern agricultural roots and Silicon Valley technology, the company has principal offices in San Carlos, CA, Chicago, IL, Sioux Falls, SD with significant warehouse and logistics, remote and field employees across the US and Canada. To learn more, visit: www.fbn.com.