New Technology in Feed Mills

by | Jul 29, 2020

The feed mill industry is evolving quickly as businesses large and small look for better ways to develop and manufacture their products. Scientists continue to research the relationship between the mixing process and the overall health and safety of our nation’s livestock. Excess heat, friction, and inefficient grinding can be bad for business in more ways than one. The health of the animals may suffer as a result, and companies will likely have to pay more for maintenance and repairs.

Two new pieces of milling technology are taking the feed processing industry by storm. Learn more about these products and how they can help you improve your business model.

Reducing Heat and Friction During the Grinding Process

Many industrial feed mixers will speed up the velocity of the blades in the grinding chamber to increase efficiency. This may sound good in theory, but it doesn’t always work out in practice. Increasing the velocity of the blades often leads to excess heat and friction, which reduces the overall nutrition of the feed. The particles will lose valuable vitamins and minerals as the grinding continues. This will also wear down the mechanics of the machine, leading to costly repairs and high utility costs.
The Buhler Multi-Impact Hammermill takes a different approach. It uses hammer plates to bounce the particles around the inside of the grinding chamber, so they encounter the cutting blades multiple times before exiting the chamber. This improves the homogeneity of the feed without increasing heat or friction. You can also lower your energy and utility bills without having to replace or maintain your equipment as often as you would with other models.

Improving Accuracy During the Feed Mixing Process

Proper feed mixing is all about creating a homogenous product that contains the same nutrients from one serving to the next so your animals will grow at the same rate.

Mixers often need to be cleaned and maintained to prevent cross-contamination. The Buhler Speedmixer comes with a side door that lets employees enter the mixing chamber. This makes it much easier to inspect and the clean individual blades. You don’t have to worry about residue, missing other hard-to-reach areas, or having your workers reach inside the machine, which can lead to injury.

The Speedmixer also helps you improve the accuracy of your feed. If individual particles vary too much in size and shape, the mixer will shear these particles down to the proper size, so the entire mixture is as homogenous as possible. Your animals will have access to the same nutrients, improving the overall quality of your agricultural products.

The feed processing industry is quickly learning from the mistakes of the past. Adding heat and friction to the grinding process isn’t a recipe for success. It’s about improving efficiency and accuracy without sacrificing the nutritional value of your feed. Discover the benefits of this equipment. Contact Salt Lake City’s Construction professionals at Halverson Company to learn more about our approach to feed mill construction.