Grain Crimping: Slash your costs by feeding crimped grain
In 1918 English scientists demonstrated that cereal grains attain their optimum nutrient level, digestibility and DM yield when grain moisture is between 35 - 45%.
What is Grain Crimping?
Crimping is a system developed in Finland that enables farmers to harvest, process and store their own or locally grown cereal and protein grains for use as animal feed when they are at their maximum nutritional value and digestibility. Grains are harvested up to four weeks earlier than normal at moisture contents of 30 to 45%. They are then processed through a crimping machine which crushes them to expose the carbohydrate and/or protein and a special preservative, called Crimpstore, is applied.
The processed feed is then ensiled and can be fed after three weeks airtight storage. Because grain is harvested earlier, before losses occur in the field, and is utilised more efficiently by livestock when crimped than when it is processed in more traditional ways, land use and animal health and performance are significantly improved.