barley fodder pellet mill

Barley fodder is easily the most common form of finishing rations for cattle farms in North America and barley fodder pellets are popular among rabbit and poultry farms as well. Barley sprouts are time and cost effective, on top of being naturally high in proteins and fiber. Barley is easy for animals to digest and contains ninety five percent (95%) of the energy corn can provide. This makes it the most affordable sprout since it is full of essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

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Barley Fodder to Feed Pellets

Why pelletize barley fodder?

Feed pellets are extremely advantageous over traditional fodder because of their convenient shape. The fodder pellets are sanitary, easy to store and transport, provide condensed nutrition and an overall boost in health for your animals. It also makes dividing up resources much easier and make your operations too much easier to scale up. As you increase your feed production capacity, setting up a complete fodder pellet plant becomes cheaper and cheaper per pound of barley fodder produced. Small grass pellet mills will be worth it for small to medium sized livestock farms.

barley fodder pellet plant
Animal Feed Pellet Plant

Making barley fodder into pellets is a simple process. Raw material enters a pressing (pelletizing) chamber and is compressed into pellet form. Before getting started, you'll have to decide on what kind of pellet mill machine to purchase.

Video of How to Make Feed Pellets from Grass

View this video to learn how to make high quality animal feed pellets from grass.

Two Types of Barley Fodder Pellet Mills

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Small Feed Pellet Mill

large ring die feed pellet mill
Large Feed Pellet Mill

Flat die and ring die are the two main types of fodder pellet mill. The main difference between flat die and ring die type is that flat die feed pellet machine use the weight of input materials entering the pressing chamber, while the ring die model uses an automated rotation system to bring material into compression. Put simply, flat die mills are much cheaper, but also less efficient. They are practical for mini or small feed pellet production operations, while industrial large scale farm uses ring die pellet mill. When comparing material capacity, it becomes quite obvious that ring die pellet mills are built to handle bigger operations. The typical flat die mill machine has capacities between100kg and 2000kg per hour. The typical ring die feed mill ranges from 800 kg/h up to 20 tones/h. Of course, this extra efficiency comes at a cost - a hefty cost at that.

Ring Die or Flat Die for Beginners?

flat die or ring die

It is recommended that you start off with flat die pellet mills when starting out so you can assess if creating pellet mills is right for your operation, though if you have got a large scale feed pellet plant, you might be better off going for flat die small mill from the start. One extra thing to note is that flat die pellet mills have much lower operating and maintenance costs as well. Flat die barley fodder pellet mills are easy to clean since accessing the compression chamber requires less time. Some large scale rabbit farms use large numbers of flat die mills for this reason. It can be more efficient to run several mills rather than one powerful one since moisture and jams can cause machines to break down, even through regular use.

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