Feed Operations

Pellet mills
Examining this important piece of feed production equipment and its accessories
Pellet cooler functions
Adjustments can be made to improve the cooling system
Examining the pelleting system
A properly designed and sized pelleting system is essential for producing quality finished pelleted feeds
Components of the pelleting system
An in-depth look at the various aspects of making feed pellets
Choosing a batch mixer
Many factors must be considered when deciding which type to use in the commercial and integrated feed industries

Ingredient formulating systems
Accurate batching is a key in quality economical feed manufacturing
Feed mill design tips
Determining the anticipated production and product mix is the first step

Choosing the right bearing
The correct type must be used for each application including proper mounting and lubrication
Speed reduction drives
Millers must determine the best type of drive system to use to get the required input speed for the machine the motor is driving

Motor speed reduction methods
Shaft mounted gear reducers are most commonly used in the grain industry
Poultry diet study
Researchers test the impact of enzyme-treated feed on weight gain, food conversion ratio and total metabolized energy

Choosing the right motor
Proper selection can lead to significant energy savings for a feed mill
Energy savings
Having a thorough understanding of the monthly power bill can help feed milling companies save money
Attitude adjustment
Having the right mindset about preventive maintenance, sanitation, pest management and energy conservation is critical
Maintenance — mixing and pelleting
Failing to keep equipment in proper working order, particularly in the pelleting section, can prove to be costly
Minimizing microbial contamination
Good hygiene, vigilant testing are essential to protecting mill products from contaminants
Process control systems
Computer programs help improve efficiencies in pelleting, storing and out loading of feed products
Hammermills versus roller mills
Each size reduction method offers advantages, disadvantages to the feed miller
Process control systems
Programs provide data that help the mixing and blending sections of feed mills operate at peak efficiency
Keep costs from boiling over
Steam generation and use in feed mills must be monitored to achieve energy savings
Process control systems
Programs provide precise data that help intake and grinding sections of feed mills operate at peak efficiency
Calculating ‘real-life’ costs
Looking beyond the initial capital expense of equipment allows companies to better evaluate expenditures
Maintenance — the often forgotten items
Steam, compressed air and exhaust systems are easy to overlook
Maintenance — intake and grinding
Actions must be taken to keep feed mills in good running order during the initial phases of the milling process
Improving feed mill performance
Making technical adjustments in the pelleting and cooling phase can have a profound effect on product quality