Ceres RIC & HK20.20 Process Controller: The new Golden Standard for world’s most advanced individual feed and water intake research-system for dairy cows and beef cattle.

The Hokofarm Group presents Ceres RIC; the new management software for the RIC-systems, which enables the researchers to measure even more on the individual feed and water intake of dairy cows and beef cattle. Besides measuring the starting-weight, end-weight and the duration of each feeding visit, the new software package is able to measure the weight of the contents in the trough during the entire feeding-visit. This provides researchers with much more insight in statistics such as intake-speed. All real-time recorded data is exported in ASCII files and thereby instantly ready for further analysis by researchers. The new software comes in combination with the new HK20.20 process controller. With this process controller a maximum of 132 RIC-troughs and/or water-troughs can be controlled. Ceres RIC is offering the herd manager an exact overview on all roughage and water intake and is also supplying attention-lists that warn the herd manager in case a cow does not eat or drink enough.

Ceres can be supplied with a Taurus-link so that animal data can be linked to an external management system. Integration with concentrate feeding-stations, selection-boxes, and weighing-stations is not an issue. It is also possible to extend the system with automatic milk measurement. The HK20.20 process controller is supporting various milk meters (IDC, UMM20.20 and Pulsameter 2) in combination with Auto-ID on Double-up -, Swing-over - and Rotary parlour systems. 

Ceres RIC is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 and is also backwards compatible with previously installed RIC-units. When you are already using the RIC-systems and want to know what is required to upgrade to the new software, feel free to contact us.


“The new Ceres RIC management software works very well for managing the cows using the RIC system. It’s straightforward to use when putting a new cow into the system or making changes to existing cows. It’s very easy to see at a glance how much particular cows are eating and when they last visited a trough. The attention lists that can be generated make it easy to spot cows whose intakes are abnormal and the report generator makes it easy to create customized reports.”

Laura Wright, University of Guelph

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