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Alfalfa is one of the highest yielding forage legume (20 t/ha DM) in America and it is now grown to some extent in every state. It has the highest yield potential and is one of the highest feeding values of all adapted perennial forage legumes.
The advantages of Alfalfa pellets as feed
The alfalfa pellet used in the food industry is characterized by some important nutritional characteristics including:
- A high protein value;
The granulated alfalfa conditioning in pellets facilitates storage and the distribution, because increase the density and presents a standardized and enduring the livestock feed.
How to make Alfalfa feed pellets
To make alfalfa pellets, the first and most important thing you have to own is an alfalfa pellet mill. If you want to make pellets for sale, the machine with large yield will be suitable. But if your goal is for own use, a small alfalfa pellet machine can meet your need.
Amisy Machinery is specialized in Designing & Manufacturing comprehensive range of pellet machines for animal feed pellets. We can supply not only feed ring die pellets mill with large capacity for industrial use, but also electric or diesel flat die pellets mill for home use.
Preparation of the material
The alfalfa crop is cut at the early flowering stage to optimize yields and nutritional quality. Before process, the alfalfa should be partially field dried and then picked up.
To get optimized quality of alfalfa pellets, the best moisture content of Alfalfa to pelletize should be about 11-13%.You can resort to a drier, so that you can get the ideal moisture quickly. Or you can dry it naturally.
The original size of alfalfa hay is not appropriate for the alfalfa pellet machine to process directly. When you grind it into small powders, the pelletizing rate and pellets quality will be better. Feed hammer mill can help you produce a wide range of particle sizes.
Put the alfalfa hay or bale to the feeder of alfalfa pellet mill, they will be compressed to columned holes on the die and discharged from the machine. A suitable binder (e.g. 1 - 3% of molasses, fat or colloidal clays) can be added to this material during this process. After the whole procedure is finished, you can get alfalfa feed pellets.
The recommended amounts for each type of livestock
Dairy - 3.5 kg per day
Cattle - 2 Kg per day
Goats and sheep - 0.5 kg per day
Horses and Camels - 2 Kg per day