A number of manufacturers supply ranges of feed milling equipment and will advise on the selection of suitable models if provided with full information on the proposed operation. This must include the proposed capacity of the mill, the types of raw materials available, the types of livestock feed to be produced, and the characteristics of the power supply available. The chosen site for feed production should be readily accessible to transport, as near as possible to raw material sources and to the livestock owners, free from flooding, and with suitable power and water supplies available.
There are no set specifications for the layout of a feed milling operation, each being designed according to individual circumstances. The planning of larger mills requires the services of skilled engineers and draughtsmen, but small mills can usually be assembled from modules supplied by equipment manufacturers. Several manufacturers sell ‘Mill + Mix’ units which can be used for meal production, provided no difficult raw materials are to be used. In recent years there has been increasing interest in the concept of ‘packaged’ or ‘containerized’ feed mills where items of machinery are assembled within a space frame and wired up to a control panel at the factory. The unit is then shipped as a whole within a container. On arrival it is placed on a level (concrete) base, and the electricity supply connected to the control panel.