Forage Processing Plant


A). Dehydration

There are twenty fluid bed dehydrating driers and four 150kW Warren and Baerg Cubers, as well as a sun-cured line installed at the plant. The lower drying temperatures used preserve the proteins, nutrients and colour of the alfalfa and forage and the facilities allow for the production of mixed forage products and large quantities of them which provide us with a cost-competitive edge. The hay is sourced from local farmers surrounding the plant, and once the farmers have grown the hay it is harvested by CUSTO custom operators and transported to the plant. The raw materials are harvest from the fields and are then taken immediately to the plant to be dehydrated. The plant’s dehydration facilities are state of the art and one of the largest and most modern dehydration facilities. The plant dries the forage at a lower temperature than most other driers. Using lower drying temperatures preserves protein and nutrients in the alfalfa and forage, as well as maintains the fresh green colour, which is a visible measure of quality. Higher temperature driers can produce charring effects, discolouration, and a tobacco-like smell. Dehydrating the alfalfa and forage prevents mold growth, discolouration, dust build-up, and loss of nutrients due to weathering and leaf loss

B). Sun-Cured

As with the dehydration process, the hay is sourced from local farmers, but once the farmers have grown the hay it is harvested, wilted and baled by CUSTO, and then is cured in the fields before it is shipped to the plant to be inspected and cubed.
The sun-cured line of the plant is fully equipped and consists of a grinder building, grinder feed conveyor, dual grinder 2x150HP with automated operation, grinder fines removal hood (which is connected to the existing Bag-house), and finally a grinder exit conveyor that is discharging into the existing cuber incline conveyor. The balance of the equipment can be used from the dehydration line as well. The production of the plant’s sun-cured forage products operates on a twenty four hour cycle for three days a week. As capacity increases the system will run for more and more days of the week. The plant operates with four 150kW cubers and each can produce 6.4MT per hour, with a net capacity of 25.6MT per hour. The plant can produce 614.4MT every twenty four hours which results in 1,843.2 per 3-day week. This calculates to 81,100 fifty-pound bags per week, and would result in 4,217,241 bags per year. If capacity doubled that would result in 8,434,482 fifty-pound bags per year. Each of the bags is filled with crops supplied by local farmers, enhancing the local economy, and have been processed into value-added cubes and are ready to be sold. Prior to bagging the cubes are stored in super-sacks to cure. The super-sacks are shipped to the warehouse in Centralia, Ontario where they are bagged on a “ship to order” basis. This provides opportunity to monitor the cubes to control quality.



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