Ridley Block Operations is offering a new app for livestock producers using its products which it calls LICS, an acronym for Livestock Intake Calculator for Supplements.
The new app is supported by Ridley's brands of free-choice livestock supplements; Crystalyx, Sweetlix, Stockade and Ultralyx. It is designed to use minimal, intuitive inputs that make free-choice supplement performance easier to monitor and manage. The free LICS app is available on the IOS (iPhone) and Android platforms and can be downloaded at their app stores.
The app is designed to be easy to use and flexible and robust enough for those who may want to incorporate more detail when calculating free-choice supplement intake. The LICS app is targeted for beef producers, but Ridley says it easily can be used for any species of animal that is consuming a free-choice supplement.
It can be challenging to accurately estimate what livestock on free-choice supplements are consuming on average per animal per day and therefore unclear of what supplemental nutrient levels are actually being provided.
Ridley says the LICS app helps gather required information for making an intake estimate, like the number of animals in the group/pasture, the days those animals consumed the supplement and also an estimate of how much supplement was consumed for a given period. An estimated consumption for the supplement is then calculated.
Depending upon how much supplement is remaining, the app can also project when additional supplement should be provided so you don't run out.
If you know the amount that you paid for the supplement per ton of feed, LICS will also calculate your cost on a per animal per day basis.
Cow-calf producers have the option of including calves in their supplement intake calculation. Many supplements are offered to cow-calf pairs where both have access to the supplement. The LICS app has the ability to include calves in the intake calculation once they reach 400 pounds or more as their individual consumption is more impacting.