We have a unique cereal cooking process in our feed mill. This process gives us extremely high levels (over 98%) of starch gelatinisation /cooking. It is currently the one and only animal feed cooking process on the island of Ireland capable of delivering such high levels of cooking.
Our process involves a unique steam pressure release treatment that effectively “pops” the grains, making them a lot more digestible. We have found this cooking to be beneficial in the diets of all stock but especially calves, lambs and non-ruminants. The Maize Nuggets we use as a signature ingredient of all Nugget rations are made using this process.
The greatest benefits to achieving such high levels of starch gelatinisation in a cereal cooking process are to be had in the nutrition of non – ruminants i.e. pig, poultry & pet diets.
Cooked cereals can be a very beneficial component in the diet of piglets in the pre weaning and early post weaning stages. Conventional steam cooking processes typically deliver maximum starch gelatinisations in the order of 60%. When compared to the 98% + we are achieving, with our “popping” process there is obviously great potential for improved performance.
We are currently undertaking a research trial with one of Ireland’s leading research centre’s to determine the effect of including our unique puffed maize in a pig’s diet. So far we have seen very positive results indicating to us that puffed maize has a real role to play in achieving greater weight gain in young pigs.
Feel free to contact any member of our Technical Team if you want to discuss further.