Proflake NC processed milled grain cereal preservative
• Improves physical quality of dry-rolled grain
• Extends storage life to up to 3 months
• Inhibits yeasts and moulds growth, and mycotoxin
• Ensures significant reduction in dust levels
• Improves animal health and performance
Proflake NC is a grain treatment designed to improve the physical quality, and increase the storage life of processed cereals.
It is a blend of ammonium propionate and propionic acid combined with glycerol and surfactants.
When whole grain has been stored in towers, or with a pedestal ventilation system it will store at between 16 and 20% without deteriorating but, as soon as the grain is processed, the storage life is short due to the action of yeasts and moulds on the exposed carbohydrate which cause heating and energy loss, reduce intakes and can potentially cause harm to stock if mycotoxins are also present. The same is true when whole grain has been treated with propionic acid.
As it is not always possible in these situations to mill grain on a regular enough basis for practical reasons, or if relying on a contractor, the addition of Proflake at time of milling can extend the shelf life of the milled grain for up to 3 months.
When cereals are too dry, whilst they are less susceptible to spoilage when processed they often contain smaller grains which are harder to process, produce a dusty sample which is unpleasant for the operator. The do not look as good in blends and may increase the risk of acidosis and respiratory disorders in stock.
The process of tempering – treating grain with Proflake and a known volume of water and leaving overnight, will swell the grain so it is easier to roll and produces a better physical quality. This reduces dust, is easier on equipment and far more palatable and rumen friendly.
The addition of 1% water will increase the moisture content of the grain by 0.8% so a 14% sample with 50 litres per tonne of water added will be 18%.
The surfactants and glycerol in the product facilitate easy absorption of the water by the grain, softening the seed coat. Extended stability is provided by the propionic acid and ammonium propionate.
The application of the water and Proflake can be done either by mixing in a mixer wagon, or applying separately up an auger. The product is best left for 12 to 18 hours before processing for optimum results.
The addition of Proflake also increases the energy content of grain by around 0.5% at average application rates.