Silo manufacturer Collinson has revealed that the new year will see its popular monitoring system, FeedAlert, no longer incur subscription charges, making the app free for added management and customer sharing.
The system, able to tackle widely-faced industry challenges by remotely checking feed levels in silos, is now available for a one-time investment.
Starting from £450, the weight-based measurement system promises reliability over time without the need for ongoing costs.
Hardware is installed on the leg of any make of silo, and daily readings display the weight alongside a 7-day forecast that alerts users of low-level statuses to prompt ordering. This helps prevent feed outages.
Director of Silo monitoring Ian Wormleighton commented that as well as being affordable and easy to install, the system can also help cut down on the “huge margin for error and mistakes” that can occur, resulting in big costs for farmers and suppliers.
He said: “Our vision is for FeedAlert to provide an industry wide platform for silo monitoring, manufacturers improving operational and environmental efficiencies will save the industry millions.”
“As we designed and manufactured the products end to end ourselves, we’re able to review the physical and digital products and are pleased to be able to make the app free for end users.”
Users can share data with suppliers to provide logistical insights, with an overarching aim to change how the animal feed industry operates by implementing operational and environmental efficiencies.
Dairy farmer Richard Wheelwright (pictured) has been using the new systems for the past year. “The resulting cost of running out of feed is more than the investment. FeedAlert gives us peace of mind, stops us running out of feed basically, the return on the investment is a no brainer,” he said.
Now with thousands of systems across UK farms, the FeedAlert system is growing, with over 60 companies sharing the visibility of customer data.