People responsible for the care of horses and cattle in the Southwestern United States may appreciate the convenient, nutritious animals feeds produced at Sacate animal feed pellet mills. After careful harvesting and preparation of the ingredients, the raw materials enter the pelleting machine and leave as pellets which are then cooled before packaging.
The pelleting process has been designed with the health of animals in mind, as well as providing convenience to horse and cattle owners. The process begins in the field, where sun cured alfalfa hay is harvested and baled at its peak nutritional stage. Bermuda grass, molasses, corn and/or nutritional supplements make up the remainder of the ingredients for all pellet formulations and are used in varying proportions, depending on the type of pellets produced.
After the hay bales arrive at the animal feed pellet mills, they undergo a grinding process with the help of free swinging hammers powered by large motors. The ground hay then moves up a conveyor belt to reach its storage location in the top of the pellet mill until mixing time.
Raw, ground ingredients are moved from storage bins into a mixer which adds molasses and steam to the hay, corn, and/or nutritional supplements. The blended feed mixture then moves into the pelleting chamber where the heat, pressure and moisture content help force the mix through 3/8″ holes in the actual pellet die. Upon exiting the machine, the pellets are around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
The hot pellets are conveyed through a cooler which reduces their moisture content and hardens the pellets. These are critical factors that prevent spoilage and breakage after packaging. A shaker then removes any fine particles of hay or corn before the pellets are stored in preparation for either bulk sales or packaging.
Sacate animal feed pellet mills sell their pellet formulations in unpackaged, bulk form for large clients or in bagged form. Those pellets move through one final dust collection process before they begin the bagging process, which is highly efficient and automated. The versatility of the pelleting process gives horse and cattle owners the ability to provide all of their animals top quality feed products in a highly convenient and palatable form.