Fishmeal, an Advantageous Feed Ingredient

April 21, 2011

Posted By Fornazor International at 6:58 AM 0 Comment

Fishmeal is a beneficial nutrient-rich ingredient used predominantly as a feed ingredient for domestic animals and occasionally as a high-quality fertilizer. Fishmeal, a marine protein, is a brown powder or cake obtained by cooking, pressing, drying and grinding fish and fish trimmings—including the bones and offal—to remove the majority of the fish oil and water. Fishmeal has been used as a feed ingredient for poultry, pigs, cattle, cows, sheep, camels, horses and other animals for hundreds of years. Fishmeal is also used as an aquaculture feed ingredient. Almost any fish or shellfish in the sea can be made into fishmeal, as long as they are not poisonous or endangered.

The most common process of obtaining fishmeal is cooking, pressing, drying and grinding.

Cooking is possibly the most important stage of the fishmeal production process. The fish are cooked in a large cylinder that moves the fish around by a screw conveyor. Undercooking the fish causes the fish to retain its liquor and therefore not be satisfactorily extracted; however, overcooking the fish makes the element too soft to be pressed.

The cooked fish is then pressed in a perforated tube over time with increasing intensity. The pressing reduces the oil content to 4% and water content by 20% and the solid material left behind when pressing is finished is called Press Cake.

Drying is an important stage of the fishmeal creation process. Drying is important because if the fishmeal is under-dried then molds and bacteria develop, ruining the fishmeal; likewise, if the fishmeal is over-dried then scorching can occur, reducing the nutritional value of the fishmeal.

Grinding is the last stage of the fishmeal production process and involves the breaking down of lumps or particles of bone so that the meal is uniform, powder-like, and ready to be used in animal feed or fertilizers.

  • Name: Fornazor International
    Location: Hillsdale, New Jersey, United States

    Fornazor International, Inc. currently supplies a wide range of feed ingredients to the export market. Our feed ingredients include animal proteins, such as poultry feed; vegetable proteins, such as distillers grains, corn gluten meal, and soybeans; and various marine proteins.

    We can also supply aquaculture feeds, pet foods, alfalfa pellets, forage grass and equine supplements and feeds. In addition, we have a full line of value added bakery ingredients and additives such as dough conditioners, as well as specialty foods. Contact us for more information.

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