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Processing and handling of harvested feed

Processing and handling of harvested feed

Since feed costs play an important role in livestock production, homegrown feed crops can be key to improve the economic performance of organic farms. Compared to cereals, protein-rich crops such as grain legumes (e.g. soybeans, faba beans, peas) require a heat-treatment before they are usable for feeding pigs or chickens. A careful heat treatment is needed to deactivate anti-nutritive substances and to maintain proteins in good quality.

Compact technologies for heat treatments are used to process legume crops into valuable feed.

Such a compact processing technology offers a business opportunity for enterprises and provides farms a predictable supply with high-quality and traceable feed.