how to make livestock feed with a pellet mill
Livestock feed pellets are a type of feed with a combination of several raw materials including cereals, seeds, various forms of straws, legumes, minerals and vitamins and additives for preservation and making the feed palatable. There are many ways to make livestock feed pellets, but the most easy and convenient is using the pellet mill machine. Below is detailed process of how to make livestock feed with a pellet mill.
1. Preparation of raw materials
Raw materials are prior stored in silos or tanks for effective preservation. This stage involves assembling, weighing, crushing and mixing of ingredients. Note that the choice of ingredients should be guided by the need of your livestock and nutritionists input. Weigh the ingredients according to the formula given, design and the size of the pellet mill machine.
2. Initial crushing
The second stage involves mixing of ingredients in a pellet mill. The materials are crushed using a feed hammer pellet. The process results in ingredients reduced in size. The materials are also aerated and additives mixed with other raw materials.
3. Preparation of mixture of molasses
This is a continuation of the initial crushing. Liquid molasses mixture is blended into the other materials.
4. Second and final crushing
Materials are crushed to fine powder. This is done using a feed pellet mixing machine.
5. Pellet making
Involves production of small pellets. To extract the pellets, the fine powder is passed through a die and roller. The pellets are allowed to dry before being packaged.
This is the last stage of pellet making process. packing is done by a weighing and packing machine. It involves weighing the pellets, putting them in desired packages, taping , coding and sealing the packages. This is followed by storage in bins and distribution of the feed to supply points.
Note that there are various designs of pellet mill machines. Consult widely to get value for your money. Moreover, the type of pellet mill purchased should be informed by the scale (small or large) at which you intend to produce the pellets. Consult a nutritionists because different livestock have different nutritional needs. A nutritionist will help come up with the right raw materials. In addition, ensure the raw materials are stored properly to avoid poisoning the livestock.