Lakeside Colony, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lakeside Colony near Lethbridge, Alberta, is in the business of feeding livestock. The farm feeds 6,500 pigs, 15,000 chickens and 2,500 head of cows. To handle all of this custom feed mixing, Lakeside has installed a Skyway designed feed mill that is able to keep up with the demand. Not only will the facility do the mixing of bulk feed, it can also control the addition of animal feed supplements, source nutrients, and mix medications for each of the separate requirements.
The hub of this feed mixing operation is a one ton horizontal ribbon mixer. The horizontal mixer can be fed from a number of different sources, allowing an almost unlimited number of feed recipes to be mixed.
The micro assembly allows minute amounts of material to be added to feed, ideal for mixing medications, mineral supplements or source nutrients. The Horizontal Mixer sits on load cells, which enable the complete control program to add minute amounts or large amounts to the feed recipe as needed. The micro ingredients are added through small augers that feed directly into the Horizontal mixer and weighed by the load cells located beneath the horizontal mixer.
A feed factory square bin is divided into 8 compartments positioned directly over the feed mixer.
FEEDING LIVESTOCK MEANS PROCESSING GRAIN
Bulk feed ingredients are supplied from 4 hopper bottom bins and these ingredients are run through a scalper to remove impurities from the grain before it is dumped into the feed mixer. There is also an option of grinding grain before loading it into the mixer.
The grain is moved through the system with the help of a 12″ Hutchinson Grain Pump and 2 Lambton bucket elevators. Raw grain is moved from large flat bottom storage to the 4 bulk feed hoppers at 270 metric tones per hour with the 12″ grain pump.
Grain is received by truck and loaded into the grain pump through a truck dump.. Grain can be stored in the 15 bins, which are side spouted from the elevated part of the Grain Pump line. For mixing animal feed, the grain can be drawn from any bin by either an 8″ round tube bin unloader, or be drawn from the outer bin line through a 10″ U Trough Conveyor.
FEEDING LIVESTOCK MEANS VERSATILITY
Where the grain travels from here depends upon whether they are feeding pigs, feeding cows, or feeding chickens.
The cows require less mixed feed in the summer, about 50 MT per month, than in the winter when they require about 200 MT per month. Bulk cattle feed doesn’t usually require elaborate feed recipes and in this case can be mixed by controlling proportions as the overhead feed bins are charged. The cattle feed then can be mixed as it is transported to the feedlot by feed mixer wagons or trucks.
Chicken feed is also transported to the chicken barn via trucks loaded from the overhead feed bins.
The key component to this system is the 12″ Grain Pump. The pump allows the Colony to manage harvest with 270 metric tones per hour receiving and allows for them to transfer the harvested grain to the feed mixing system, one simple piece of equipment.