Ameri-Bond 2X reduces segregation in turkey feed
Ameri-Bond 2X helps reduce the amount of fines in pelleted feeds. A turkey grower ration was pelleted with 0% (Control) and 1.0% Ameri-Bond 2X. Without Ameri-Bond 2X there were significantly more fines, which tended to segregate in the bin.
The produced pellets were transported in a bulk hopper truck and unloaded into separate silos at the turkey house, where they were sacked-off into 50 lbs bags. Every tenth bag was sieved to measure the percentage of fines. Without Ameri-Bond 2X there were more fines, which tended to segregate in the bin. These fines contained a higher percentage of fat and mineral than the pellets, which were higher in protein. Segregation disrupts the intended nutritional program. Ameri-Bond 2X can correct this situation.
Production rate and conditioning temperatures were kept constant during the trial. Pellet durability (KSU Tumbler) improved from 82 to 91 when Ameri-Bond 2X was used.
The photo below shows how fines segregate when they are transferred. (In this case 4 mm corn/soya pellets were darkened by inclusion of 5% charcoal to allow contrast with the undarkened fines.) This type of separation occurs every time bulk pellets are dropped into a cooler, truck, or silo. Fines don’t roll as easily as pellets and stop in the first space they fall into. These fines typically contain higher levels of mineral and fat; mineral because pieces are likely to break out of the pellet and fat because it is more likely to be associated with poor binding. This is even more critical when fat is applied after the pellet press.