Does a NIR system provide low-cost alternative to on-farm feed and forage testing? A Techno-economic analysis

dc.contributor.author Rosentrater, Kurt
dc.contributor.author Ramaswamy, Sai
dc.contributor.author Rosentrater, Kurt
dc.contributor.author Mosher, Gretchen
dc.contributor.author Mosher, Gretchen
dc.contributor.department Food Science and Human Nutrition
dc.contributor.department Center for Crops Utilization Research
dc.contributor.department Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
dc.contributor.department Environmental Science
dc.contributor.department Sustainable Environments
dc.contributor.department Center for Crops Utilization Research
dc.date 2018-02-19T07:35:34.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T22:35:11Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-29T22:35:11Z
dc.date.copyright Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2016
dc.date.embargo 2018-01-17
dc.date.issued 2016-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Improperly balanced diet not only impacts the quality of animal products but also the quantity of profits of a livestock operation. Typically, the nutrient and chemical content of feed ingredients and forages are determined using well-established wet chemistry tests. However, these tests can be expensive and time-consuming. Moreover, the increasing use of distiller’s by-products which are known to have large variations in chemical and nutrient content warrants a real-time on-farm feed and forage testing system. Near Infra-Red (NIR) spectroscopy systems have been documented as a quick and effective on-site testing tool across several industries. While NIR systems are being adopted for on-farm feed and forage testing, very little is known about the economic impacts of such an investment for a livestock operator. This study developed a baseline model and an excel based spreadsheet application for performing Return On Investment (ROI) analysis to determine the feasibility of using an on-farm NIR testing system. ROI was calculated based on the nutrient cost saved or spent determined from the difference of estimated nutrient content and actual calculated value. Assumptions were made for the cost of NIR system, calibration and labor expenses. What-if analyses were also performed to determine the impact of variation in nutrient content on the ROI. The finding of this study will help promote low-cost alternatives for on-farm feed and forage testing, thus positively impacting the quality of animal product and minimizing costs.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This proceeding is published as Ramaswamy, Sai K., Kurt A. Rosentrater, and Gretchen A. Mosher. "Does a NIR system provide low-cost alternative to on-farm feed and forage testing? A Techno-economic analysis." In 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting, p. 1. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2016. doi: <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.13031/aim.20162460992" target="_blank">10.13031/aim.20162460992</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.identifier archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/abe_eng_conf/537/
dc.identifier.articleid 1536
dc.identifier.contextkey 11379294
dc.identifier.s3bucket isulib-bepress-aws-west
dc.identifier.submissionpath abe_eng_conf/537
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/579
dc.language.iso en
dc.source.bitstream archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/abe_eng_conf/537/2016_Rosentrater_DoesNIR.pdf|||Sat Jan 15 00:52:00 UTC 2022
dc.source.uri 10.13031/aim.20162460992
dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural Economics
dc.subject.disciplines Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
dc.subject.disciplines Food Processing
dc.subject.keywords data analytics
dc.subject.keywords feed processing
dc.subject.keywords nutrient management
dc.subject.keywords what-if analysis
dc.subject.keywords spectroscopy
dc.subject.keywords testing
dc.title Does a NIR system provide low-cost alternative to on-farm feed and forage testing? A Techno-economic analysis
dc.type article
dc.type.genre conference
dspace.entity.type Publication
relation.isAuthorOfPublication ae6468d9-2286-48ad-9293-5cfa893ea5f3
relation.isAuthorOfPublication d4270080-adb0-4e32-aa5c-6bce7f39e6a8
relation.isOrgUnitOfPublication 4b6428c6-1fda-4a40-b375-456d49d2fb80
relation.isOrgUnitOfPublication ef0c8753-d288-4a4e-815f-fb800c343de8
relation.isOrgUnitOfPublication 8eb24241-0d92-4baf-ae75-08f716d30801
File
Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Name:
2016_Rosentrater_DoesNIR.pdf
Size:
144.81 KB
Format:
Adobe Portable Document Format
Description: