Dalex Livestock Solutions LLC

- Consulting Nutritionist Software

The Consulting Nutritionist is a computer program designed for those individuals providing nutritional advice to livestock producers with up to date scientific information. The initial version developed at the dawn of the computer revolution was introduced in 1980 by using an Apple computer. The current version uses the same logic for developing rations but the capability has been enhanced because of great advances in both computer and biological technology. Widespread use of The Consulting Nutritionist in the feed industry has provided valuable feedback with regard to features needed to improve the program. Annual updates have incorporated various features in to the program.

Windows Visual Basic and DotNET are now the Development patforms in use. We have retained the functionality that has evolved, yet taken advantage of the exponential growth in functionality of Windows. This comes at a time when the scientific biological information has greatly expanded with the publication of Nutrient Requirements of Beef(1996), Swine(1998), Dairy(2001) and Equine(2007).

The Consulting Nutritionist is a multi species state of the art program that develops rations with the same style whether the rations are designed for beef, dairy, equine or swine. Ingredient libraries from 1996 Beef NRC and 1998 Swine NRC are the basis for the master ingredient files. As is the case of any new system, research will develop better values for nutrients. We have changed some nutrient values based on the new version of Cornell CNCPS. Our ingredient library also contains some nutrients such a crude fiber and ADF, which were excluded from 1996 Beef NRC. Although some might feel they are not necessary, they still might be useful to some users.

The Consulting Nutritionist is designed to be used by a wide variety of individuals. While the major users are consultants and feed company representatives, the expanded scientific base in the Windows version will make the program useful to the academic community as well. A special version of the program has been developed for livestock producers who tend to be focused on a single species. We provide options such as metric or imperial, as fed or 100% DM for ingredients, as fed or 100% DM for nutrients, concentrations or amount requirements, concentration or amount display. We provide options to select only appropriate ingredients and nutrients which are needed for a given user and options to select only features which are necessary for a given situation. We also provide options with regard to how a printout will look and what information it contains.

There is a wide range in how a particular individual uses The Consulting Nutritionist. Some users may want to merely input a formula to determine the nutrient profile while others may want to see a detailed breakdown of protein and carbohydrates as determined from the Cornell Model. We don’t expect all users to use all the features of the program but they are available, thus allowing you to tailor the program to your needs.

The Consulting Nutritionist incorporates the latest computer technology. By designing the program specifically for use on a 32-bit platform, we can utilize the built in features of Windows to allow fax and e-mail. The Consulting Nutritionist is also the first, and currently the only, ration formulation program that incorporates Microsoft’s Visual Basic for Applications technology (VBA) with .Net 2.0 components. VBA allows users with basic programming knowledge to write programs to expand the functionality of the program. While the program will run on most computers, we recommend at least a Pentium 4 with 512 mb of RAM.

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