Kemin Improves Feed Processing Efficiency

Kemin’s feed pre-conditioning programme for effective feed processing, ensures feed mill profitability, improves feed pellet quality and feed safety.

Opti CURB® is Kemin’s pre-conditioning solution. It is an activated water solution of either:

The three product ranges with versatile usage are applied in the mixer via Kemin’s engineering application technology within the pre-conditioning step in the Opti CURB solution.

The combination of the science behind the powerful surfactants and application technology ensures improved dispersion in the feedstuff, thus improving feed processing efficiency and safety and increasing profitability.

Feed Processing Productivity

Compound feed production is a complicated operation that requires processing of a heterogeneous mixture of many ingredients into uniform pellets. Feed mills are facing important challenges, such as ensuring profitability and safety of milling operations. Other areas that will pay dividends are sustainability and process control automation to reduce variability and improve data collection and record-keeping.


Ensuring the Profitability of Feed Processing

Feed mills are fundamental to animal production. Furthermore, the efficiency of modern feed mills significantly contributes to ensuring secure supplies of food of animal origin for the human population. However, feed mills are still facing wide variations in the price and often the supply of feed raw materials. 

Feed mill operators have done just about all they can to increase feed profitability by reducing costs at the raw material level. There are more ways to increase feed production profitability and feed processing productivity. Processing of a heterogeneous mixture of many ingredients into uniform pellets is challenging as there is a risk of separation during transport and storage. The feed ingredients typically have a high dusting potential that results in loss of material. 

Factors impacting feed mill profitability:

·         Energy costs

·         Consumer demands

·         Regulatory requirements

·         Competition pressure

·         Low prices for livestock products


Focus on Feed Processing Key Performance Indicators for Additional Ways to Increase Profitability

Feed manufacturing is a complicated and expensive business and to maintain feed profitability, it is important to ensure all aspects of the manufacturing process are optimised.

The Six Key Performance Indicators in Feed Processing Productivity:

1.        Feedstuff optimisation

2.        Pellet quality

3.        Energy consumption

4.        Feed processing productivity and throughput

5.        Process standardisation

6.        Feed safety

Energy costs are particularly important from both an economic and sustainability viewpoint. Good feed hygiene and the production of highly digestible feeds are also necessary. These parameters can be positively improved by carefully monitoring the production process. Good monitoring of the process and data collection become increasingly important to manage the modern feed mill.

Through product development, equipment manufacturing and engineering technology, Kemin makes substantial contributions to improving the profitability of feed manufacturing.


Final Feedstuff and Pellet Quality of Animal Feed

Feed pellet quality remains variable and some production or conditioning programs at feed mills are not optimal enough to guarantee higher nutrient density and ultimately higher pellet quality.

Criteria for evaluating the pelleting process:

·         Energy consumption

·         Feed processing productivity

·         Pellet quality (expressed as abrasion index)

These are influenced by the factors affecting pellet quality. To enhance energy efficiency and productivity, pellet quality and mass throughput, the “Die” dimensions need to be optimised.

Factors Affecting Pellet Quality

·         Diet or feed mixture composition

·         Process parameters of conditioning, pelleting and cooling

·         Die dimensions

Good pellet quality brings several benefits:

1.        Compaction reduces total feed volume

2.        Saving transport and storage capacity

3.        Homogeneous shaped pellets are more stable in transport and storage which reduces loss from dust or fines

4.        Feed hygiene considering thermal treatment and temperatures is a tool in the conditioning and pelleting process

5.        Improved nutrient digestibility considering optimum conditioning and pelleting conditions

6.        Feed containing less dust or fines is usually well accepted by the animals, leading to non-selective feed ingestion by the animals

7.        Animals ingest more feed and ultimately gain in performance to improve the conversion rate of feed to meat


Making Feed Processing Less Complex 

Feed represents around 75 percent of the cost of animal production, and the operating cost of feed manufacturing is estimated to be 10 percent of feed production. In today’s world, all improvements that optimise the bottom line in feed production through introducing process improvements steps are welcomed by feed manufacturers. These improvements can have a direct effect (e.g. reducing energy consumption in the feed mill and production output) as well as an indirect effect (e.g. improved pellet quality and durability). Through securing the production process, a feed mill runs most efficiently and can generate a significant competitive advantage.

Feed milling efficiency can be achieved by:

·         Minimizing ingredient segregation

·         Eliminating shrinkage

·         Reducing production process variability

·         Assuring product quality

·         Improving nutrient and feed utilization by the animals

·         Savings in energy use

·         Increasing production rate

·         Regular data collection and record keeping.


MillSMART Product Range


·         Synergistic combination of Surfactants

·         Liquid version

·         25 kg, 1000 kg and Bulk


·         Mould inhibitor

·         Organic acid and Surfactant combination

·         Liquid version

·         25 kg, 1000 kg and Bulk


·         Antimicrobial

·         Organic acid and Surfactant combination

·         Liquid version

·         25 kg, 1000 kg and Bulk


Manufactured in Belgium and distributed throughout the EMENA region. Contact a local Kemin representative for more information.