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Understanding Importance of Feed Hygiene

The ability to protect raw materials and finished feeds from harmful contaminants is crucial to ensure animal performance. Bacteria, mold, mycotoxins and aflatoxins rob ingredients of their value to the animal. By improving the microbiological quality of the feed, animals can utilize the full nutritional benefit of each ingredient with lowered risk for sickness and transmission of farm-born diseases to human population.

Raw materials and feeds constitutes as one of the most important causes of microbial contamination, such as Salmonella and E.coli. This risk is present during harvest, storage, transport and feed production. Therefore, controlling pathogenic microorganisms in raw materials and feed at the very beginning of the production cycle (feed mills) is crucial to achieve an effective gut health management program.

Although contamination levels may be low, feed mills are challenging environment to decontaminate and thus the number one goal is to prevent contamination from occuring. Multi-disciplinary approach of utilizing both heat treatment and feed additives to control microorganisms is advisible.

Useful links

Novus Feed Mill Management Forum
Dr. Charles Stark, Kansas State University

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Energy Management

Feed Quality Assurance

Preventive Maintenance

Pelleting Process

Effects of Feed Processing

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