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FEED MILL: IRTA research station in Spain

The agriculture research institute IRTA in Reus, Catalunya, Spain has recently finished the building of a new twin line feed manufacturing unit. AllAboutFeed editor Dick Zigers visited the facilities in September 2010.

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  • The new IRTA feed mill at Mas de Bover in Reus, Spain in April. IRTA belongs to the Catalan Government and operates as a public company.

    The new IRTA feed mill at Mas de Bover in Reus, Spain in April. IRTA belongs to the Catalan Government and operates as a public company.

  • Dr Enric Esteve (left) is Director Monogastric Nutrition and Dr Joaquim Brufau is Director of the Mas de Bover centre in Reus and coordinator of animal nutrition, animal welfare and animal health program of IRTA.

    Dr Enric Esteve (left) is Director Monogastric Nutrition and Dr Joaquim Brufau is Director of the Mas de Bover centre in Reus and coordinator of animal nutrition, animal welfare and animal health program of IRTA.

  • Elevators transport the raw material to the upper level. There are two separate lines; one for monogastric feeds and one for ruminant feeds to avoid cross contamination of products such as meat and bone meal.

    Elevators transport the raw material to the upper level. There are two separate lines; one for monogastric feeds and one for ruminant feeds to avoid cross contamination of products such as meat and bone meal.

  • Since the feed mill is for research purposes only equipment is relatively small. Pictured are the hammer mills. All machinery was supplied by Rosal.

    Since the feed mill is for research purposes only equipment is relatively small. Pictured are the hammer mills. All machinery was supplied by Rosal.

  • Raw materials are screened for unwanted substances. Especially with start up bolts and nuts were found.

    Raw materials are screened for unwanted substances. Especially with start up bolts and nuts were found.

  • The pellet mills have a maximum capacity of about two tonnes per hour.

    The pellet mills have a maximum capacity of about two tonnes per hour.

  • Pellets are cooled with a counterflow cooler.

    Pellets are cooled with a counterflow cooler.

  • A crumbler is installed for manufacturing of feeds for baby chicks.

    A crumbler is installed for manufacturing of feeds for baby chicks.

  • Fats and other bulk liquids are stored behind the building.

    Fats and other bulk liquids are stored behind the building.

  • Each line has a special unit for adding sensitive liquid products such as enzymes and probiotics post pelleting.

    Each line has a special unit for adding sensitive liquid products such as enzymes and probiotics post pelleting.

  • Along the whole processing line sample openings are created. Here a sample hole in the postpelleting liquid application unit.

    Along the whole processing line sample openings are created. Here a sample hole in the postpelleting liquid application unit.

  • Instead of pelleting the feed mix can be diverted to an extruder to make for example pet food or aquafeeds.

    Instead of pelleting the feed mix can be diverted to an extruder to make for example pet food or aquafeeds.

  • A bar code system is used to control the addition of research products. Only if the reader recognises the correct ingredient the lid of the mixing unit can be opened and the ingredient can be added manually.

    A bar code system is used to control the addition of research products. Only if the reader recognises the correct ingredient the lid of the mixing unit can be opened and the ingredient can be added manually.

  • The final product is collected in paper or in big bags. All bags can be traced through a unique code.

    The final product is collected in paper or in big bags. All bags can be traced through a unique code.

  • Several parties contributed to the building of the feed mill. The main financial support  was provided  by The Catalan Government through a loan from Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and the other part came from the EU.

    Several parties contributed to the building of the feed mill. The main financial support was provided by The Catalan Government through a loan from Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and the other part came from the EU.

  • Apart from research in animal nutrition at Mas de Bover also research is carried out on horticulture. The facility is surrounded by orchards and green houses.

    Apart from research in animal nutrition at Mas de Bover also research is carried out on horticulture. The facility is surrounded by orchards and green houses.

  • Olive trees are a major subject of long term research.

    Olive trees are a major subject of long term research.

  • The carob tree is a favourite of Mas de Bover Director Brufau. The fruits contain interesting constituants that improve animal health. IRTA has some patents on specific products retrieved from the carob pulses.

    The carob tree is a favourite of Mas de Bover Director Brufau. The fruits contain interesting constituants that improve animal health. IRTA has some patents on specific products retrieved from the carob pulses.

  • Carob flowers in September, which are the onsets for next year's pulses. The tree flowers while the previous fruits are still on the tree.

    Carob flowers in September, which are the onsets for next year's pulses. The tree flowers while the previous fruits are still on the tree.

  • For broiler trials several poultry houses are available. Here a unit with 48 floor pens.

    For broiler trials several poultry houses are available. Here a unit with 48 floor pens.

  • In this cage unit broiler chickens trials can be carried out, where also the droppings can be collected for digestability research.

    In this cage unit broiler chickens trials can be carried out, where also the droppings can be collected for digestability research.

  • Layer trials are carried out in battery cages. Brufau expects significant problems when these cages will be banned in 2012.

    Layer trials are carried out in battery cages. Brufau expects significant problems when these cages will be banned in 2012.

  • Pig trials are mostly carried out in floor pens, but individual tests in cages with fistulated pigs are also possible. At Mas de Bover a Landrace-Duroc crossing is used with a Pietrain boar, which results in piglets of many different colours.

    Pig trials are mostly carried out in floor pens, but individual tests in cages with fistulated pigs are also possible. At Mas de Bover a Landrace-Duroc crossing is used with a Pietrain boar, which results in piglets of many different colours.

  • Since the mill was not working at full capacity at the time of the visit, some feeds were manufactured by Nanta.

    Since the mill was not working at full capacity at the time of the visit, some feeds were manufactured by Nanta.

  • Spain is one of the countries where liquid feeding of pigs is hardly established. IRTA carries out research to encourage this type of feeding and to be able to increase value of liquid by-products of the food induastry.

    Spain is one of the countries where liquid feeding of pigs is hardly established. IRTA carries out research to encourage this type of feeding and to be able to increase value of liquid by-products of the food induastry.

Dick Ziggers

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    Raquel Ravago-Pabalate

    Congratulations for a new feedmill and nice to know that feed research continues with sophisticated units.

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