Effect of raw materials on feed pellet quality

While a lot of work is done on choosing raw materials and optimising diets for animals, the importance of pellet quality is a vital aspect for optimum animal performance and reducing feed wastage. In order to anticipate problems due to the use of certain raw materials, the Feed Pellet Quality Factor (FPQF) indicates how well a feed formulation is likely to pellet. High quality pellets can withstand repeated handling and can remain intact during bagging, transportation, storage, and moving in feed lines without excessive breakage or generation of fine particles. RAMESH SUBRAMONIAN and SOTERO LASAP* discuss how feed pellet quality is impacted by raw materials changes, how to measure pellet quality/durability and tools to minimise variability of feed pellet quality.

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