Animal Feed Processing

Animal feed processing is the backbone of modern agriculture, ensuring the health, well-being, and productivity of livestock around the world. It’s a complex and vital industry that involves transforming raw ingredients into nutritious and balanced feed for various animals, from poultry and cattle to aquaculture species. This process doesn’t just impact the animals; it also plays a crucial role in global food security and sustainability.

Animal feed is the food grown or developed for livestock and poultry. Animal feeds are produced by precisely choosing and blending ingredients to provide highly nutritional diets that both maintain the health of the animals and increase the quality of such end products as milk, meat, or eggs.

Chemical analysis, experimentation, and research by agricultural scientists have resulted in considerable improvements in animal diets.

There is much more to animal feed manufacturing than simply achieving a high production level. Nutrition and health are closely linked to each other.

When animal feed companies formulate food rations, there is rising attention for the development of immunity, the supportive effect on animal health, and the removal of the need for antibiotics.

An example of an animal feed company

Developments in the field of animal health, and particularly the restrictions concerning conventional treatments for animal disease, require comprehensive research to be done.

Animals, in general, require the same nutrients as humans. Some feeds, such as pasture grasses, hay and silage crops, and certain grains, are grown specifically for animal feed manufacturers.

Other feeds, such as sugar beet pulp, brewers’ grains, and pineapple bran, remain by-products after a food crop has been processed for human use.

Surplus food crops, such as wheat, other cereals, fruits, vegetables, and roots, may also feed animals.

Feed grains are the most important source of animal feed globally, and the amount of grain used to produce the same unit of meat varies substantially.

The animal feed can contain up to 10 different components, including protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, and additives, depending on the specific formulation.

Growing populations, increased meat consumption, the need for higher quality ingredients, and healthy eating are just factors that influence animal nutrition technologies.

It’s all about high-quality feed that helps farmers, agriculture, and ultimately the end consumer. Innovative animal nutrition technologies serve animal agriculture and the public consuming animal products.

It starts with Knowledge of the particular type of animal. Knowledge of how different nutrients interact with digestion and health. Understanding of how environmental factors impact feed conversion efficiency. Knowledge of which blends of feed ingredients deliver the most cost-effective results.

Minerals in animal nutrition are used to produce feed for both farm animals and pets. Mineral Salts can be classified into the following groups: Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Selenium.

Animal feed processing converts diverse raw agricultural feed ingredients into a single, homogenized form of feed, such as mash, pellet, and crumbles, among others.

Depending on the type of animal feed, the feed manufacturing process usually starts with the grinding process.

The grinding process of the raw bulk materials is to produce particle sizes that can be easily handled, blended, and homogenized.

Pelleting is achieved by various methods but is mainly done through extrusion.

A hygienic processing environment is crucial during the entire process of feed manufacturing to ensure high-quality feed.

Within the global animal feed manufacturing industry, the manufacturing requirements are changing rapidly towards human food manufacturing standards.

Product quality, safety, process reliability, and low operational cost are essential aspects when selecting and designing feed processing equipment.

Common feed processing technologies include:

The global feed industry is characterized by the increasing demand for meat, dairy, and other livestock-based products, consequently influencing growth and innovations in the global feed industry.

To meet the growing demand of consumers, feed manufacturers are focusing on manufacturing more customer-focused products and increasing their efficiency by searching for alternatives for raw materials.

Animal feed is the essential link between crop cultivation and animal protein production and processing in the livestock production chain.

The global feed industry has been in a transition phase over the last years, especially in upcoming markets, due to human population growth, higher prosperity, and urbanization.

Feed manufacturing technology is experiencing innovations in various segments, including processing and feeding systems.

Technological advancements help to increase production efficiency by improving the accuracy and consistency of feed formulations.

Advanced process equipment also enables feed manufacturers to change each batch’s feed consistency and formulation.

Overall costs can be reduced through increased production efficiency, reduced wastage, and alternatives to traditional ingredients.

Animal feed manufacturers are challenged to manufacture feed that precisely meets the nutritional requirements of the livestock.

These precise formulas result in optimum production efficiency and better-quality animal products. They also contribute to a cleaner environment.

Advanced feed processing technology will also enable feed manufacturers to change each batch’s feed consistency and formulation.

Next-generation process automation solutions also contribute to increased production rates, inventory tracking, increased efficiency, and high-speed process monitoring.

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Matthew Bailey – Technical Lead

Matthew is a mechanical engineer holding an honours degree from the Auckland University of Technology and has been responsible for BFM® Global’s product development, testing and compliance programme for almost 5 years. Matt’s experience is centered on the powder handling industry with a specific focus on flexible connectors, and all the compliance requirements around them. From food to pharmaceutical and all industries in between, Matt works with our Distributor partners, end users and OEMs from Europe, Asia and the Americas to solve application challenges. He regularly attends industry tradeshows around the world and understands the complex requirements of each different market.
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Julio Contreras is the Vice President of Sales at Sweet Manufacturing Company. With more than 21 years of expertise in the feed mill and industrial applications for material handling equipment. He also has an engineering background that allows him to dive deeper into projects and provide the best solution for their needs from an engineering perspective. Julio has contributed to Sweet through innovative product lines and, most importantly, the continuation of the company’s legacy. From small farm installations to some of the most significant installations globally, he has experience working with a variety of customers to deliver solutions for their applications.
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Travis has over 20 years of experience in the dry bulk solids industry and is the President at Vortex, an engineering and manufacturing company that specialises in process valves and loading solutions specifically for solids handling. Travis has worked on solution-driven installations across six continents and has a strong knowledge of market-specific regulations and requirements within the industry.
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