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Animal feed is divided in fodder and forage. Forage is obtained from for example grazing and fodder is made out of hay, straw, pelleted feeds, oils, grains and fruits and vegetables. When fodder is blended together in a formulation for a specific target animal, its referred to as compound feed. Feed compounders convert feed grains such as corn, soybeans, sorghum, oats, and barley with other ingredients into pellets or crumbles. Premixes with vitamins, minerals, preservatives and for example antibiotics are often bought by separate companies and blended in.

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Organic soybean oil press

In traditional soybean oil production, chemical solvents such as hexane are used to facilitate liq...

Organic soybean feed extruder

Soybeans are an essential ingredient in the creation of protein-rich animal feed. To achieve h...

Organic soybean oil pressing plant

Soybean oilseeds are usually processed through extraction methods using hexane or other ...

Flash drying grinder for powders

Drying and grinding can be an important feature when trying to process products such as raw...

Macro ingredient dosing system

Traditional dosing systems do not have a very long operational life and are hard and expensiv...

Exchangeable silo dosing system

Rarely used bulk ingredients, like grains, agricultural feed or silage, can get spoilt if th...

Automatic palletizer machine for bags and boxes

The effective placement and positioning of bags and boxes can be a challen...

Open mouth bagging machine

If you are a manufacturer of fertilizers, bulk chemicals, sugar, seeds, or any grains it is likel...

Form fill seal bagging machine

If you are in industries such as petrochemicals, fertilizers, animal feed, food, etc, you mus...

Vertical form fill seal machine

There is an increasing demand for a range of different package sizes of the same product. If...

Robot palletizing system

If you are a relatively large-scale producer, packing and transporting large quantities of products ...

Micro powder dosing system

Micro dosing of powders and small components can be a major obstruction in the production process...

DAF wastewater treatment

The food and beverage industry requires the total removal of suspended solids (TSS), biochemical oxy...

Counterflow pellet cooler

Food and feed industries require the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation. This entails fre...

Pelleting press for feed and petfood

The production of agricultural feed and pet food products requires machines and plants...

Pelleting press for biomass

Utilization of biomass for energy and other applications requires consistent and reliable compac...

Hygienic FIBC handling line

There are many considerations when handling FIBC’s (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers)...

Hammer mill for coffee beans

Being able to obtain an on-point grinding is easily achievable with these hammer mills, from co...

Stone mill for coffee beans

Traditional milling of coffee beans or seeds, with a stationary bedstone and a turning runner st...

Basic mixer for granular foods

Straightforward blending solution for mixtures of beans, nuts, berries & powdered foods, ...

Circuit-air classifier

For high throughputs, with a fineness range of approx. d97 = 32 µm – 200 µm. Ideal for use in th...

Extruder with annular gap expander

Products can be extruded with various shapes and characteristics by controlling the nozz...

Laboratory extruder

Products can be extruded with a variety of shapes and characteristics by controlling the nozzle geometry ...

Annular gap expander for compound feed

Compound feed processing often requires a means of kneading and mixing input substra...

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Animal well-being and end product quality depend highly on the given nutrition. To reduce costs in a competitive environment and try to keep up with worldwide scarcity new feed sources such as seaweed, insects and food waste, like brewers spent grain are necessary. For example, soy and corn, being the main feed source for poultry, has become so competitive in food, beverage, and energy sectors that it is being replaced by rapeseed meals or cottonseed meals.

Protein shifting with an air classifier

Protein requirements for the organic ruminant stock are provided by legume crops which have a protein content of 21 to 25 percent. Pigs and poultry, livestock without a four-chamber stomach, can’t get all essential amino acids from pulse crops.

A solution to this is protein shifting, where, in the case of pulses, like peas or lentils, the shell (fiber) is removed from the vegetable, leaving protein and starch. Pulses are fed to a classifier mill, reducing the size of the particle, and then components can be separated in a downstream air classifier by airflow. This leaves two end-products, one of them being fine particles of protein concentrate. Depending on the starting material, up to 70 percent of the protein portion can be collected in the fines fraction.

Soybean meal as a protein source

A much-used protein source for animal feed can be found in soybean meals. With soybeans being grown widely as a crop, this by-product of soybean oil has become an essential protein source in the animal feed industry.

Pre-treatment steps such as cleaning, weighing, hulling, and grinding are necessary before starting the extrusion process, which is one of the most important steps when producing soybean meal. HTST, extrusion cooking at high temperature and in a short time, is one of the most common methods of hydrothermal treatment. This improves feed quality through mechanical and heat processing but is also an important step to produce pellets of specific shape and size.

Animal feed production processes

The process of transforming feed ingredients into high-quality feed involves several production steps, such as grinding, blending and mixing, milling and drying, and extrusion and pelleting. Depending on the type of processing methods, e.g. dry processing or wet processing with a high moisture level, choosing the right silos for the storage of raw bulk materials is an essential first step in setting the production of animal feed.

The dry processing method of animal feed involves primarily a crushing roller mill for grains and a feed pellet. As for the wet processing production, it combines a roller mill with a conditioner and mixer to add steam, water, and liquids to prepare for extrusion or steam flaking. Processing feed with high temperature and moisture helps the starch gelatinize and therefore improves its digestibility. Besides roller mill, hammer mill and pellet mill are commonly used in reducing the particle size of compound feed as well.

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