Intelligent Monitoring for Animal Feed Silos

New technology can alert farmers when animal feed silos are almost empty, and automatic emails can even be sent to their feed supplier to place an order.

To find out how much animal feed is in a silo, traditionally farmers have either used a viewing hatch on the silo or banged on the silo’s side with a mallet. With a huge margin for error, there was scope for costly mistakes like over filling bins and wasting animal feed. Climbing 

Now an innovative Internet of Things sensor can help a farmer to accurately track how much feed is being stored.

Accurate, Real-Time Data

Colin Phillipson, co-founder of Glas Data explains: “Our sensor tracks the weight of the silo in real time. It is quick and easy to install and monitors the weight of the silo and how much animal feed it contains, by translating the compression of the silo’s legs into weight.”

Glas Data works with Ver Facil, a specialist Internet of Things sensor installer. LoRaWAN sensors work over long ranges of up to 20 miles, and as they are low power, their batteries will last for several years. Using LoRaWAN sensors means that farmers don’t have to rely on mobile coverage, as the data is transmitted via an antenna which is normally installed on a farm building.

With Glas Data’s system, data from sensors is displayed on the GlasCore dashboard - an easy to understand one-screen display which can be viewed by the farmer on their tablet, laptop or mobile phone.

“Access to this accurate data means farmers can measure efficiencies, by monitoring the amount of feed used each day and tracking data over time. It will also be possible to calculate the feed consumption per animal and to correlate this against other productivity metrics,” adds Colin Phillipson.

Automating the monitoring of animal feed storage saves farmers time as they will no longer have to make manual checks on feed silos. The accuracy of the sensor readings also means that over or under ordering animal feed will be a thing of the past.

Automatic Animal Feed Ordering

Glas Data’s system can also be set up to send an email to a farmer’s feed supplier automatically when a delivery of animal feed is required.

“The system is flexible allowing farmers to set their own thresholds, so feed orders can be placed exactly when they need them to be, without the farmer having to remember or place an order manually.

“From the feed suppliers’ point of view, our system will help them to pre-plan their orders and identify peak times,” says Colin Phillipson.

To find out more about Glas Data’s animal feed silo monitoring solution, please email eleanor.whitlock@glas-data.com or call 07485 017650. Feed bin


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