More alkalising options for the feed trade

FiveF Alka (formerly FiveF), the specialist in the ammonia treatment of grain, straw and forage feed ingredients to increase protein contents, has launched a more concentrated Alkagrain 150 product. It also intends to offer its ration alkalising technology more widely in the UK feed trade. 

Five F is located at Dugdale Nutrition’s Bellman Mill near Clitheroe in Lancashire. Dugdale owns one third of the company which promotes systems that maximise the nutritional value of home-grown farm feeds. 

Director Malcolm Graham says the Alka technology will enable more feed manufacturers to sell a versatile range of ration alkalisation options in finished feeds and blends. He says the system has been used to feed animals throughout the world for over 30 years through treated feed crops such as Alkalage, Alkagrain and Alkastraw. 

“Our AlkabupHa product already allows the feed trade to offer an in-feed TMR alkaliser for livestock units interested in making their own Alkalage or Alkagrain, but we wanted to help manufacturers become even more responsive to customer needs as more farmers appreciate the benefits of this technology,” states Mr Graham.

“The new Alkablend blended feeds incorporate the super concentrated Alkagrain 150 Protein Premix at 20%, allowing approved blenders to produce a range of bespoke feeds made from the ingredients stocked to balance on-farm feed availability and quality.”  

Alkagrain 150 is five time more concentrated than the standard FiveF Home n’ Dry product. Mr Graham says the company developed this product in the autumn of 2013, introducing it to the market as new Alkablends and Alkanuts in Ireland and UK from early 2014 through trade partner businesses. It is now looking for more distributors.   

“The high specification Alkanut ranges are manufactured pelleted feeds ready to use straight off the truck. This is a powerful alkalising feed option recently proven to be particularly useful for automated feeding systems, such as through milking parlours, robots and out-of-parlour feeders,” Mr Graham concludes. 

For more information, contact Malcolm Graham on 01938 590615 or email

Posted on April 18, 2016 and filed under Feed, Products and Services.