A feed additive to boost feed production efficiency

3 June 2016

An improvement in moisture content by 0,6% was achieved by the use of a feed additive in combination with water in the mixer of a feed mill. The result was a significant increase in production volume.


A trial on feed mill efficiency

The results were obtained by a Colombian commercial feed mill. Different feed batches of compound feed were treated with a feed additive in combination with water and compared with untreated control batches. Microbial contamination, moisture content, water activity value and production parameters were measured. A shelf life prediction test was also conducted in order to evaluate the expected shelf life of the product.

In terms of production efficiency, encouraging results were shown. “We reached a 7.5% reduction in the energy use of the pelletiser. The conditioner temperature showed an increased value, allowing the mash to reach the desired temperature sooner, and leading to a better compaction of the feed particles” said Danielle Smeitink, Global Product Manager at Selko Feed Additives.

Smarter production, safer feed and more profitable business

A clear connection between an improvement in production parameters and getting enhanced business benefits can be made. Increasing the volume output means more productivity, and significantly higher return on investment (ROI). In this particular case, the hydrating solution (feed additive in combination with water) did compensate for the moisture loss, which occurred during the production process. The moisture level in the final feed was increased by 0,6%,  meaning 11,5 extra tons of feed per week solely by reducing moisture losses during the production process.

Assuring an extra insurance on feed safety also plays a key role in the industry. Enterobacteriaceae- or Gram negative bacteria- such as Salmonella, are a threat to both human and animal.  A feed additive able to safeguard the potential recontamination of Enterobacteriaceae in the feed can make the difference to maintain optimal quality of the final product.

“In an increasingly more competitive business, finding opportunities to optimise production efficiency while safe- guarding feed safety is key”- Danielle Smeitink adds. The product used in the described trial does not just boost feed mill efficiency but it is also part of Salmonella control programs. Therefor moisture losses can be safely compensated without increasing risk of microbial contamination.

A product to address key feed production issues

The mentioned results were achieved using Fysal Flow- by Selko Feed Additives- in combination with water. Fysal Flow is a synergistic blend of the most potent organic acids. It effectively reduces gram negative bacteria; e.g. Salmonella in both, raw materials and compound feeds, with a long-lasting effect. Surfactants reduce water surface tension, leading to a better absorption and distribution of the hydrating solution, into the feed particles. Fysal Flow safeguards potential Enterobacteriaceae issues and can be used as a pelleting aid to boost feed mill efficiency parameters.

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