Pellets with preconditioning

Forum: Better Pellets with preconditioning

Published on: 05/31/2011
Author/s : Brian Plattner and Galen Rokey (Wenger Manufacturing Inc.)
Integrators usually operate the mills at full capacity and outputs rather than trying to obtain the optimum pellet quality.The advantages of feeding a pelleted feed over mash have been documented in the industry for many years. The advantages include the following:Increased bulk densityLess bridging/hang-up in binsLess dustReduced ingredient segregationLess feed wasteIncreased nutrient densityImpr...
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Balamurugan Ramasamy Balamurugan Ramasamy
Specialist in Animal Nutrition
May 31, 2011

A nice article which talks about the advantage of double paddle, microbial load reduction due t pasterization and thus FCR improvement.
It has been mentioned that moiture addition is critical and most pellet mills can handle max 18% moisture in preconditioned mash. I could not reach this 18% moisture. Is there any way to improve this?

Rommel Rommel
Business Development Manager
June 4, 2011

Interesting article about Better Pellets with preconditioning. You can try using emulsifier. Add it with water then spray in mixer. Although 18% is really high, you might need to add more emulsifier in ratio with water.

June 8, 2011

In this article about Better Pellets with preconditioning, it is mentioned retention times since 30 s to 5 min, a great range. Which would be the best retention time?

Joseph P. Kearns Joseph P. Kearns
Vice President
July 27, 2011

Good article about Better Pellets with preconditioning. An ideal retention time in the preconditioner would be 2-3 minutes.

Galen Rokey

Dr Usama Tayyab Dr Usama Tayyab
Animal Nutritionist
July 28, 2011

Interesting article about Better Pellets with preconditioning. Ideal retention time is 3 min

July 28, 2011
You mentioned in the article that the complete recipe is ground at average 600 microns.
What percentage of recipe passing through 600 microns is usually recommended. I mean, it is not necessary to get the 100 percent at 600 microns. So what is the appropiated wire that we coul set into the hammer mill? May be 2mm diameter? 3 mm? Im talking of a recipe for bovins, cows...
Ramnag Ramnag
July 29, 2011

Good article about Pellets. A good conditioniing will increase the digestability of feed by animal. so injection of steam and points of steam are also be monitered. the Tome Temperature( Time Temperature & Moisture) the retention time at conditioner , and steam quality, effeciency to mix it well and penitration of moisture. so now a days conditoning of pellets are most help ful for good growth and also for long water stability.

Specialist in Animal Nutrition
December 7, 2011
If any study about improving the cattle feed quailty with pre conditiong process.Please share.
What should be the ideal retention time in pre conditioning ,if we use ingredients like cotton cake ,rice doc,mustard doc?
Amisyandre Amisyandre
Mechanical Engineer
March 4, 2013

Your article is amazing and it will surely catch more people’s focus. Whirlston pellet mill machine.

Dr.muhammad Hayyat Dr.muhammad Hayyat
MPHIL Animal Nutrition
December 24, 2013
its an amazing article on quality pellet production. preconditioning time 3.5 min give better results.
Sushil Chandra Sushil Chandra
Master in Poultry Nutrition 1975
June 16, 2020

It’s a good and detailed article on pellet quality.
We feel around 3 minutes should be preconditioning time which ensures better gelatinisation.
Running pellet mill continuesly always gives better quality pellets.

June 22, 2020

I'm not sure about it, but I have some questions:

1) What is the difference between VFD and integrators?

2) The integrators have control for feeder and conditioner only?

3) What does the integrators control to improve pellets?

Thanks, Choi.

June 30, 2020
It is necessary to know and have experience on the specific pelleting equipment and to know what the feeding program requires to understand the specific requirements for quality pellets. This is demonstrated by the different answers already given for the "best" conditioning. Ration formulation, grinding processes, amount of handling the pellet goes through, the climate it is processed in, etc. will all impact the requirements for optimum pelleting. There is no single rule for this. It is always the result of all of these factors, the equipment and the location. Pelleting is a very desirable process but is dependent on a multitude of factors. The best answers to your question require discussions with your pellet mill manufacturing company combined with experience at your local milling site. Simply changing die specifications may be a way to drastically change pellet quality/durability.
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