Making Cattle Feed Pellets

Cattle can be divided into two types, that is beef cattle and dairy cattle. Essentially, beef cattle provide meat while dairy cattle produce /provide milk. For reliable milk production, dairy cows must be fed on feed that is high in protein, calcium, phosphorous and energy. This will not only ensure milk supply but it will also guarantee animal health. However, traditional animal feeds like grass or Napier is not enough to meet this demand. Animal feed pellets have gradually replaced traditional feeds in guaranteeing consistent product supply and animal health. So, how do you get feed pellets for your cattle? Feed pellets are produced from scientifically predetermined rations. By having your animal's previous history and veterinary records you will be able to determine what best suits its needs when it is supposed to be producing milk. You will ultimately see your profitability increase when all of your cow's needs are met.

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Raw material

There are at least five types of raw material that you can use to make cattle feed pellet. You can either use cereal products like sorghum, barley, wheat, rye, maize, oat and triticale. Legume seeds are also excellent ingredients for feed pellets as they are rich in protein. These could be seeds of broad beans, protein peas or field beans. Oleaginous plants like flax, soy and sunflower seeds are also seeds that you can try out. Traditional animal feeds like grass or hay can also be ground to make flour essence and therefore provide an enticing aroma to your animal. Lastly, the pulp of dried beet is also an excellent addition to your animal pellets.

What you need to make cattle feed?

To make your animal feed you will need a cattle feed pellet machine. The machine acts by crushing and mixing the raw materials that are fed into it. The mixing action happens in the feed pellet blender, this action will ensure an even distribution of all materials across all batches. The final product that will come out of the cattle feed pellet machine will be soft and moist to the touch. The next process after this is what we call pelleting or the creation of pellets. Up to this point, the product is still moist and this is not what you want. It is more likely that the pellets will contain moisture of at least 17% when the ideal moisture is below 12% at this instant. The pellets, still in their moist condition are then dried in a cooler to attain the desired condition.

cattle feed pellet machine

Advantage of making cattle feed into pellets

One major advantage of pelleting your feed besides good animal health is efficient use of your storage space. Another advantage is that your animals will get a balanced ratio of feeds, meeting their energy, mineral and protein needs. Always remember that the more nutritious the pellet the more performance is assured to you.

When purchasing a cattle feed pellet machine it is important to note that there is a machine that you can use within the farm while there is also one that is for industrial use. You can make your needs better known to the seller so that you may be appropriately guided.

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