The enhanced digestibility and nutrient availability created by the Toasting process has proved to be highly beneficial in ruminant diets. Whether the material inclusion is as a ground component or in flake form in a coarse mix or blend, the advantages of “cooked” ingredients in ruminant diets are recognised throughout the industry. Liffey Mills have several flaked (cooked) ingredients in our premium Beef, Dairy,Sheep and Equine rations.
These include, Barley, Wheat, Oats, Maize, Beans and Peas. The cooking process begins with taking moisture samples of the individual product to be cooked, once moisture content has been determined, the raw material is then added to water baths and left to steep overnight until the correct increased moisture is achieved. The raw material is sent to the toaster the following day and is cooked/toasted slowly to a very high temperature. As soon as the toasting is complete the raw material is sent immediately for rolling, its important that all products are rolled whilst still hot to achieve maximum effect. Once rolled the raw material is then sent through a cooling machine, this machine cools the product rapidly, ensuring no heating etc. Now you are left with a finished product ready for consumption.
Toasted flaked products provide improved nutritional value over feeding the same materials uncooked. Increased available energy and improved digestibility are both achieved due to the gelatinisation of starch molecules during the toasting process. This is particularly beneficial in starter diets for young animals and poultry. At Liffey Mills our Gelatinisation of Starch in raw materials is in excess of 92%. Flaked products not only provide an excellent source of highly available nutrients for a finished diet but contribute aesthetically to the products appearance. When used in coarse rations, the flaked ingredients add vibrant colours and texture to the mix and provide a more natural look than coloured extrusions. With over 10 years experience in the toasting process, we have established ourselves as one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of toasted flaked products across the country. Our continuous commitment and investment in our product and process development means we are able to offer a wide range of products and mixes of the highest quality for both the wholesale and retail market.