Ask Alice: Is minimally processed feed ‘better’?

Posted on 08. Feb, 2016 by in Ask Alice

Q:  Is “minimally processed feed” better than feed made at Union Point Custom Feeds? Is the feed’s nutrition damaged by the equipment?

A:  On the contrary, it is improved.  Our equipment is specifically designed to mold freshly ground material into pellets using nothing more than pressure and low temperature steam.  When the pellets come out of the pellet mill you can comfortably hold them in your hand.  The temperatures throughout the processes stay well below boiling.  Although it is true that prolonged cooking can destroy vitamins in any food, our system ensures that your feed is at 100% of its vitamin level when it goes into the bag.  And our emphasis on freshness and clearly dated tags means your animals always get the nutrition you are paying for.  When making pelleted feeds, grain and other ingredients go from their whole form into finished product in a matter of minutes, and then are effectively re-sealed into pellets.  The pelleting process actually serves as a substitute for the seed coat by limiting surfaces that are exposed to oxidation and other environmental stresses.

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