Pelleted feeds: Understanding nutritional benefits, issues

Pelleted feeds: Understanding nutritional benefits, issues

There are few things new about pelleting, but still most interested users are undecided, especially when energy costs spike or feed raw material prices drop.

Pelleting of complete diets for all monogastric species involves steam-conditioning of the mixed mash followed by compaction through a die. The technological aspects of this feed pellet preparation method are beyond the scope of this discussion (and of my expertise), but benefits and issues of using animal feed pellets are not. So we shall begin straight away with a list of benefits that make pelleting an interesting and often confusing topic of discussion among producers and nutrition suppliers.