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Since feed costs play an important role in livestock production, homegrown feed crops can be a 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.
Compact technologies for heat treatments are used to process legume crops into valuable feed. A careful process management is needed to deactivate anti-nutritive substances and to maintain proteins in good quality.
Such a compact processing technology offers a business opportunity for enterprises and provides farms a predictable supply with high-quality and traceable feed.