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Livestock & Feed Industry; Risk & Opportunities


India is blessed with a huge resource of livestock wealth. In fact, India has the largest population of cattle and buffalo in the world and ranks number one in milk production in the world. India ranks 3rd in egg production, 4th in broiler production and 2nd in aquaculture in the world.  Currently, poultry feed production (layer + broiler) is 20 MMT that will grow to 40 MMT in the next 10 years. Also, Cattle feed production is at 10 MMT/ year, whereas the present need is roughly 45-50 MMT of pellet feed.

Approximately 90% of the Indian broiler industry utilizes compound feed whereas the rate of manufactured feed use in the layer industry varies from 5% to 25%. However; the overall poultry industry’s (broiler and layer) consumption of compound feed is only 65%, with home mixtures fulfilling the remaining requirement. The feed consumption in this segment has been growing at the rate of 7 - 8% over the last five years. Even though India is turning out to be the world’s largest milk producer, the dairy feed industry remains highly unexplored and cattle feed comprises only 11% of the total feed industry. The surprise factor in the compound feed industry is aqua feed, which has gained huge momentum in recent years. With Shrimp production registering a strong growth of 16%, feed consumption has also grown at 13% per annum in the past five years.

The challenges are:
A. Best Optimum solutions with low energy consumption and high production output with minimum breakdowns.
B. Scarcity of raw material & alternate options of raw material as per availability and cost.
C. Awareness for bio-security & feed mill hygiene.

Lark Engineering aims to provide the innovative technology in Feed Milling which best suits the Indian conditions. First as an Indian manufacturer to introduce rotary distributor- in place of multiple chain conveyors helps to reduce specific energy consumption and maintenance cost.

For all types of grinding solution Lark provides QGA “Quick Gap Adjustment”, as its name implies this technology is a boon for grinding different sizes of products as Fine /Medium / Coarse by the quick change of gap between hammer tip and screen.

For feed hygiene & safety; lark tries to avoid all dead corners in bins & feed machines; also use of variable pitch feeders helps in first out concept and octagon shape coolers helps in more uniform cooling with better efficiency.

Maximum automation with user-friendly operations helps to increase feed mill efficiency. Features like interlocking of machines help to reduce energy consumption while machines are in idle condition; MIS & Inventory management helps to reduce break downtime; Batch formulation report & underdose/overdose interlock system helps to increase feed quality; temperature and moisture control monitoring helps to reduce processing loss.

The above information is based on data collected from our existing customers & internet sources and is only for your reference. As expertise in feed mill engineering only, lark engineering will not be responsible for any type of loss occur due to above stated information.

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