Agriculture Products

Feed production within pig, poultry, grain and seed.

Category: Agriculture

Classification of Agricultural Products

Agriculture has played, and undoubtedly continues to play, a vital role in human civilisation. The practice of agriculture is essential in many ways, and the most central one is the fact that we need to eat. If no one were willing to invest, or work, in agriculture, we would not be gifted with the food we enjoy today.

Agricultural products are not limited to the servings we enjoy. Ideally, products of agriculture are things you get from cultivating plants or rearing animals. Some products can be directly traced to agriculture, whereas others are subjected to other processes before they are released to the market. That said, here are some everyday agricultural products.

  • Food: This is a general term describing products or substances, that can be used or prepared, to meet diverse dietary requirements. According to the food pyramid shared by the United States Department of agriculture, the main types of food include proteins, dairy, fruit, vegetables, grains, and oils

 

  • Fuels: Some fuels are also classified as agricultural products. These are mostly obtained from plants, and some dairy products. Some typical examples of fuels derived from agrarian practices include hog fuel feedstock, ethanol from corn, biomass, wood products, and sugarcane biomass fuels

 

  • Fibres: Fibres are obtained from plants like sisal, cotton, bamboo, coconut jute, and hemp, among others that might be used to produce fibres. Fibres extracted from plants are then used in the manufacture of different agricultural products such as paper, clothes, and ropes

 

  • Raw materials: Raw materials are agricultural products that serve as the input of production of other farm products. For instance, composite manure from plants and livestock feeds, are used to produce food and dairy products respectively; all of which are classified as agricultural products

Agricultural products are a result of a process or a series of activities. This process starts with farm preparation, or when you acquire an animal. The process ends when the products are saleable or ready for the market. Some products are retailed in their natural form, whereas others have to undergo some processing.

Equipment Used in Pig & Poultry Feed Production

When it comes to pig and poultry feed production, virtually everything about the feed production technologies employed here remains the same – raw materials and production technologies. Having the equipment needed to make poultry and pig feed is often the first step towards self-sufficiency.

  • Feed Dresser: The feed dresser ensures that the inputs of production, which in this case are dry mash feed and soft feed ingredients, are clean and free from all manner of contaminants. In some cases, the feed dresser is known as the feed cleaner.

 

  • Conveyor: This equipment handles all transportation. In most production setups, conveyors are used for transporting raw materials and finished products. Commonly used conveyor systems in pig and poultry feed production include the bucket elevator, the bucket elevator screw, and the screw and chain conveyor.

 

  • Grinding Machine: This machine plays a crucial role in feed production. It is used to reduce the size of the inputs of production. The type of feed being produced often determines the size reduction.

 

  • Mixing Machine: As the name suggests, a mixer serves to mix feed ingredients. Using a mixer ensures uniform distribution of nutrients is achieved and results in consistent feed quality.

 

  • Cooling machines: Extruded feeds are often in the range of 70-90 degrees. Cooling machines serve to bring this heat down to room temperature. This way, it prevents the pellet from decay and makes them ready for storage.

 

  • Screening machine: A screener plays a standardization role in any feed production line. It achieves this by allowing quality and perfect size feed to pass, and at the same time, screens out uneven sizes.

 

  • Packaging lines: Ready feed needs to be packed. The packaging machine is thus used to buck the finished products into bags.

Other poultry and pig feed production machines include the weighing balance, transport trucks, and power generators. As a tip, having the best equipment is not enough, you also need to invest in the best inputs of production.

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