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Pelleting feed is a great way to add value to your feed, and to ensure that each animal is getting the optimal nutrition from the feed that you are producing. Basically, the purpose of pelleting is to take a finely divided, sometimes dusty, unpalatable and difficult-to-handle feed material and, by using heat, moisture and pressure, form it into larger particles. These larger particles are easier to handle, more palatable and usually result in improved feeding results when compared to the unpelleted feed. Feed pellets can be produced in sizes ranging between Ø2.5mm and Ø10mm – and the size selected will be determined by the type of feed pelleted, as well as the type and age of the animal that the feed is produced for. Nearly all producers agree that livestock makes better gains and produce better when fed pelleted feed rather than a meal or mash
The most logical reasons are that the heat generated in the conditioning and pelleting process gives the feed better digestabilty by breaking down the starches and the pellet simply provides the feed in a concentrated form, with the animal spending less time eating, and getting a denser feed and of course pelleting drastically reduces waste during the eating process, and prevents selective feeding.
Conditioning of the feed usually consists of adding steam to the feed before pelleting – which increases the entry temperature of the feed going into the pellet mill, as well as increasing the moisture. Conditioning – while being a high energy solution – provides the following benefits
a) Higher temperature pelleting ensures that more of the starches are broken down, increasing digestability and palatability of the feed
b) The increase heat combined with moisture, has the effect that the feed is more easily pressed through the die – resulting in less frequent die changes, reduced power consumption and higher capacity from your pellet mill.
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