Manfred Gabriel has been involved in the animal feed industry for a long time. He uses his many years of experience and his knowledge of premix manufacturing to create software and establishes the firm HYBRIMIN® Futterspezialitäten GmbH, to sell feed and animal nutrition products. The name HYBRIMIN® comes from HYBRIdsauen-MINeral(Hybrid sow-mineral). Next comes the production and marketing of mineral feed.
HYBRIMIN® takes advantage of the “IT Boom Years” in the first half of the 1980s. The arrival of the first affordable computers such as the Commodore PET 2000 or PET 3000 make simple feed optimisations with up to 20 restrictions possible.
Portable computers arrive on the market. HYBRIMIN® sells the first Epson HX-20 for feed calculation and becomes a pioneer in agricultural computer consultation. In subsequent years, this is also sold in Austria and the first English version to Saudi Arabia.
Development of HYBRIMIN® software intensifies. Following on from the first generations of programs for the feed industry, come versions for the fertiliser and nutrition industries. From the very start, these programs are produced in two versions with differing capabilities – an optimised version for industrial feed and foodstuff manufacturers and a smaller, easy to use, advisor version for feed merchants, modified also for the fertiliser and foodstuff industry.
HYBRIMIN® develops a declaration module for use in Raiffeisen centres. The first English version of HYBRIMIN® Fumi is sold to Nigeria. A comprehensive fertiliser version is created.
Sales of the first feed advisor programs for PC and laptop, expanded by EPSON using MS-DOS. HYBRIMIN® Fumi is introduced in Austria and Switzerland and installed in over 100 companies. Translations in Bulgarian, Romanian and Russian follow.
HYBRIMIN® Fumi is installed by rolled large food and dietary feed manufacturers.
A successful start in the new Federal States working with external partners.
Further languages and countries added: South Tyrol, Cyprus, Czech Republic, the Baltic States.
Staff increased, company headquarters moved to Fuhlen.
Start of Windows programming for Windows 3.11 with the aim of creating multi-user versions.
Further improvement of the MS-DOS advisor program, introduction of the translation module.
The first Windows versions of HYBRIMIN® WinFumi for Windows 95 are installed with foodstuff and feed manufacturers. Expansion of the range: HYBRIMIN® WinFumi upgraded on a yearly basis through the Update-Service. Sale of the advisor version is extended to East Asia.
The final MS-DOS version to meet the “Year 2000 Problem”. The first Windows advisor version of HYBRIMIN® Futter 2000 comes on the market.
All HYBRIMIN® programs adapted for the Euro.
The Windows advisor version extended: HYBRIMIN® Futter 2003. Further development of HYBRIMIN® WinFumi with a new database. All animal feed data is revised and expanded to include new feedstock.
Dipl. Kaufmann Thomas Gabriel, who had been employed by the company since 1979, first in software development and then as project leader, takes over HYBRIMIN®. The firm becomes HYBRIMIN® Computer + Programme GmbH & Co. KG
The Windows feed advisor program, HYBRIMIN® Futter 2008 comes onto the market with a new database. Translations begin to extend the language options to twelve, including Greek, Lithuanian and Turkish. The first external partners in Croatia and the Ukraine join the team.
HYBRIMIN® WinFumi 8 is delivered. Development of feedstock and integration of new optimisation methods.
The multilingual advisor program HYBRIMIN® Futter 5 on the market. There are now regular updates and program development.. HYBRIMIN® is active in more than 40 countries.
HYBRIMIN® leads the world as the premier software firm for the feed industry. The threefold calculation screen in HYBRIMIN® WinFumi 9.0 allows feedstock, ingredients and labelling to be worked on at the same time.
The multilingual version of HYBRIMIN® WinFumi 9.5 is presented at Eurotier 2016 in Hannover.
HYBRIMIN® Futter 5 is now available in 31 different languages. In addition to the Latin languages, there are also Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Chinese (Mandarin), Greek and Russian. HYBRIMIN® has external partners in Croatia, Lithuania, Russia and the Ukraine.
HYBRIMIN® introduced new international web based FutterX product. It is a completly new developed feed formulation and ration balancing tool which is a new product besides HYBRIMIN® Futter5 and HYBRIMIN® WinFumi.
Nowadays, an internet search will bring up many feed software options. Most use Excel tables. This solution is basically okay, provided one has a good knowledge of Excel and only wants to calculate a few rations or mixes per year. If this is the case, then it is not worth buying professional feed software. The major problem is often the very idiosyncratic structure of the Excel tables, which makes work and achieving fast results difficult.
If daily recipes need calculating or optimising, then it is worth considering the purchase of professional feed software. It is a waste of time to try to program a good feed software oneself. The effort involved is always underestimated and the problem is always in the detail (HYBRIMIN® feed software contains several million source codes!). (Who builds their own tractor nowadays?)
There are differences in how up-to-date commercially available programs are. Once the software has been created, it often remains on offer and unchanged 10 years later. The science of animal nutrition, however, does not stand still but is constantly undergoing change. If you wish to work as a professional in this field, it makes sense to choose a manufacturer that concentrates its activity in this field and does not make all sorts of other software products. There should also be regular updates.
Once one has decided that one needs to make many calculations on a regular basis, then the choice of a good feed software should be based on whether one needs to be an IT expert to use it, or whether the feed software is so easy to use that one can concentrate on animal nutrition and feed calculations. The available options differ greatly as to learning curve and technical simplicity.
This section describes German attitudes to the development of animal nutrition and feed calculation. This section is not chronologically complete, but is expanded from time to time. If you have any feedback on this, please contact us. We are grateful for any information on calculation methods or tools used (e.g. slide rule, computer, etc).
1864 Henneberg / Stohmann establish the so-called Weende Analysis in Göttingen (the Institute was situated in Weende, thus the name)
Nowadays, anyone starting out in feed calculation often does not know where to begin to ensure a good feed is formulated. There are thousands of sources both in literature and on the internet which give advice and recommendations about countless important nutrients and pollutants.
What to do as a beginner?
To evaluate rations or mixes correctly, you first need to have a very sound knowledge of agricultural feedstock. This should also include the relevant analysis methods for the individual feedstock and an awareness of the available laboratory analyses.
Particularly in today’s very internationally-oriented animal feed industry, one must be aware that one can’t simply compare data from all countries and then choose those one considers “the best”.
In order to learn quickly and successfully, one should concentrate on one’s immediate locality, or region, in which the business is based. This will show which feedstock or feed is available within the region. One must consider also what kind of additional feedstock is commonly sold within the region. (Most dairy cow TMRs contain, on average, less than 10 different feedstocks; Concentrated feed generally also has less than 20 components.)
The next area to learn about is the kind of animals within the region that need feeding. From this, one should get a good understanding of the statutory requirement specifications with a manageable number of nutrients (up to 10 nutrients per animal type), their restrictions and effects on the feed.
This knowledge such be sufficient to develop the first recipes for any normal livestock or domestic animal.
One HYBRIMIN® datafile contains several hundred different nutrients. These are always needed if one wants to ensure high performance in growth or milk output.
Feed calculation beginners often make the mistake of thinking a feeding programme for a high-performance animal requires 50 different feedstocks with just as many minimum restrictions and therefore cannot find a solution to the problem!
To learn animal nutrition and feed formulation, one must continually extend one’s knowledge and not try to include and calculate every possible nutrient. Many nutrients are only relevant for the highest performance animals!