Buying poultry feed mills is generally a fairly complicated process for many reasons. The first ones is that machines are complicated. Unless you understand the technical specifications of the kind of machines you are planning to purchase and how that is likely to impact your production process, you are unlikely to arrive at the right decision and choice.
In poultry feed milling machines or poultry production line, the process is further complicated that these machines, though easy to operate, are manufactured by various “obscure” companies, most of them based in China. There might be a little bit language barrier when it comes to product sourcing such as when you need to know a little bit about product specifications.
Here are some buying tips to keep in mind when planning to purchase poultry feed milling machinery:-
Map Out Your Poultry Feed Milling Requirements
Here, you need to look at the capacity of the machine that you want. If you are planning for small scale or home based poultry feed operation, then you need a poultry feed pellet production machine with a capacity of no more than 100kg per hour. However, if you are planning for large scale poultry feed milling, then you will have to purchase a bigger capacity poultry feed milling operation or even install an entire production line that may end up costing you anywhere from $25,000 millions of dollars depending on the size. The poultry feed milling machine capacity is generally measured in kg/hr or in tons per hour.
A machine that runs for a considerable amount of time will no doubt consume a lot of power and the energy costs will push up the costs of production. If you are planning to buy a poultry feed milling machine, look at how much power it consumes and what it is likely to cost you per month if it runs at full capacity. When it comes to power considerations, you also need to look at whether the machine uses electricity or diesel.
The Pellet Size
Look at the pellet size that machine can process. This should correspond to the intended use and what your target market wants. Many of these machines have variable pellet size so you can use them to mill all kinds of pellets ranging from the larger pellets to the finer and granular ones. This is one of the most important considerations to look at because the pellet size will also have a bearing on other factors such as how uniformly the nutritional elements are distributed in the feed and the feed conversion efficiency.
Ease of Assembly
If you will be purchasing a low cost machine via platforms such as Alibaba, the machine will only come with a manual and phone support. You therefore need to look at the ease with which the machine can be assembled to start operations.