»Expander: Benefits and advantages in animal nutrition
Process advantages, EU regulations, special benefits in animal nutrition and cost savings

Since 1986, the annular gap expander has been part of the fixed machine repertoire of AMANDUS KAHL GmbH & Co. KG. In the production of compound feed, it forms an essential basis in terms of “hygienisation” and is used either at the end of feed production to produce expandate, directly before pelletising or for the targeted improvement of the properties of feed components.

»Flexible adjustment of the feed structure
The Phoenix from the ashes in Borken

In Germany it is rare for a compound feed company to be able to completely redesign and build a plant. After the old compound feed plant of AgriV Raiffeisen eG in Borken-Burlo fell victim to a fire in September 2016, the managing director Berthold Brake started building a plant according to the latest requirements. He received support for his project from the Dutch machine supplier Van Aarsen International B.V.

»Perfect Grinding
The influence of equipment and settings on particle size and particle size distribution

Adaptation of particle size can be the ideal way to improve animal performance and health as long as the animals’ requirements and factors influencing feed processing are understood. This article explains the importance of particle size in pig and broiler feed, and explores the possibilities for modifying and controlling particle size during feed processing. During feed processing, grinding is a key step in determining the particle size of the feed. Equipment, different processing options and parameter settings define the granulation of the feed mash.

»The stress with the heat
Can genetics offer a solution?

Strong temperature fluctuations represent a major challenge for agricultural livestock farming. Ruminants in particular, and especially high-yielding dairy cows, suffer from heat stress early on. And this affects animal welfare and profitability. Many farmers are therefore looking with concern towards summer 2020.

»Modulating animal behaviour with olfactory sense management
Reduced stress by social motivation

Olfaction – the most primal sense – is highly developed in most animals. Knowledge about smell is now used in a few feed additives that are able to modulate behaviour (i.e. to alleviate stress consequences and to stimulate appetite for example) in modern and large-scale poultry farms.

»So that from find can become bind
Do not restrict to cosmetics

Employee retention is about the question of how companies can retain key personnel and high potentials even in times when the world of work is undergoing fundamental change and the transformation from an employer to an employee market is not an imminent ghost but a harsh reality.