Cargill Animal Nutrition has joined forces with Israel’s Consumer Physics to introduce Reveal real-time nutrition analysis to US dairy producers.

The new Reveal real-time forage analysis service, which launched this month, utilizes SCiO – the smallest handheld near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer on the market, made by Consumer Physics.

“Today’s dairy producers are constantly pushing the envelope to run a more productive and efficient operation. They need cutting-edge offerings like Reveal that allow them to make smarter nutrition decisions, when they need to be made,” says Mike Messman, strategic technology lead for Cargill’s US dairy business.

“We believe that Reveal analysis will allow producers to manage forage dry-matter fluctuations as they happen, and adjust their feeding programs to maximize production and income over feed costs.”

US dairy farmers will use the SCiO device to do nutritional analysis in real time. Photo courtesy of Consumer Physics

“We are thrilled to work with Cargill on this project, and introduce our SCiO micro-spectrometer to the feed industry,” says Yaron Dycian, VP of Products at Consumer Physics.

“The ability to easily deploy multiple, high accuracy, micro spectrometers on location revolutionizes precision agriculture by bringing decision-making out of the lab and into the field,” Dycian says.

“We see dry matter as only the beginning of what Reveal will offer to customers,” says Messman.  “Our research team is actively looking into other on-farm forage testing and we’re excited about the future potential.”