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Corn flakes for livestock
"It almost triples soluble protein and boosts digestibility," says Ella Cattaneo, representative of Scolari, the Italian manufacturer of a "flaker" machine for feed grains that rolls them out in flat flakes with hydraulic-powered, water-cooled steel rollers.
The machine turns an average kernal of corn into a flat flake about a half inch across, similar in size to Corn Flake breakfast cereal. Nothing is added to the grain and the process works best on grain at 17 to 18% moisture, although it'll work down to about 12%. Any feed grain can be flaked, including soybeans, wheat, barley, and oats.
"It increases the mass of the material which is good for the digestive system of all livestock. In dairy cattle there's less waste, milk quality is improved, and it even reduces mastitis. In beef cattle, feed conversion rates improve and utilization of forage improves. Hogs also make better use of feed when it's flaked and there's less digestive problems. Sows go into heat more regularly and fertility improves," says Cattaneo.
The flaking machine has four steel rollers mounted under an imput hopper. Thickness of the flake can be precisely controlled as can the rate of flow of material. The hydraulically-controlled rollers automatically lock out should any foreign material enter the rollers and a system of magnets is designed to catch any metal that enters the machines. Water flows through the rollers to disperse heat generated during flaking.
The smallest machine flakes about 200 bu. of grain per hour and requires a 15-hp. electric motor or a tractor pto. Speed of operation depends on the size of grain or the thickness of the flake generated. Once flaked, Cattaneo says the grain has less storage losses even at the higher moisture contents. The company, which also makes grain and forage dryers, is looking for a North American distributor.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Scolari Flli., Via Padana superiore 178, 25035 Ospitaletto (Brescia), Italy (ph 030 640204).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #3