Expansion technologycan benefit the animal through enhanced digestibility and better utilization of supplied nutrients. Expansion is a mechanical process using an Annular Gap Expander that applies precise pressure, temperature, and steam (hydrothermal treatment) to mixed feed.
Advantages of Expansion:
Typically lower feeding rates than traditional feeds.
Better hygienic treatment when compared to “conventionally processed” feeds; reducing the potential for harmful mold, salmonella and other bacteria.
Enhances carbohydrate digestibility.
Alters protein ingredients making them more available for enzymatic digestion.
Less damage to sensitive components, such as vitamins.
Adds to the improvement of pellet quality.
Increased pellet durability of higher fat formulas.
Does NOT damage sensitive components such as vitamins.
Allows for higher inclusions of fats and liquids
Green technology - lowers energy required for pelleting of feed.
Safely enhances carbohydrate digestibility. Rupture of starch granules produces gelatinization of the starch structure. The improved starch digestion in the small intestine causes increased glucose availability in the small intestine.