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Home n’ Dry® Continual Work and Improvements

Alkasystems technology provides farmers with the opportunity to feed increased levels of starch, with enhanced protein levels together with improved digestibility by increasing the alkalinity of the diet. The technology was developed after extensive research over three decades ago resulting in its foundation, Home n’ Dry, a one-step application in pelleted form.

The pellet, when reacting with moisture in the cereals, releases ammonia which destroys microbes, moulds and some mycotoxins. Once the ammonia has been released by enzyme action, a further reaction occurs leaving behind alkaline ammonium salts, mainly ammonium bicarbonate. The pH increases to over 8 which helps to buffer the rumen against acidity, and with the pellet’s 134% protein content, it adds a reliable 4-5% protein to the finished cereals, depending on the application rate.

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Although our Alkasystems technology began its development over 30 years ago it doesn’t mean it stops there. Year on year we make changes to continually improve the product to ensure the results continue to be the most reliable and consistent in the marketplace.

In 2022 we reduced the bag size from 25kg to 20kg to assist with dispensing on farm. 20kg is measured more easily into the 30kg per tonne application rate for cereal grains or 40kg per tonne for Wholecrop. This aids accurate application that helps to ensure a reliable reaction when applied to the crops. The change in bag size was coupled with a change in packaging material that now includes a proportion of recycled plastic, reducing the reliance on natural resources.

In 2023, with all the discussions regarding sustainability and the concerns regarding deforestation, we moved to all our soya beans being Non Genetically-Modified sourced from areas of the world where soya is grown without the risk of deforestation. As a further development to this, we changed from using soya hulls to using non-GM field bean hulls which are UK grown, further reducing the carbon footprint.

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From a manufacture perspective we are constantly looking at ways we can improve the process to make it more efficient. Raw materials, which do not require grinding, bypass the grinder before the manufacture of the pellet. Conditioning, and therefore cooling, is minimised to reduce power usage, providing a further reduction to the carbon footprint of the product.

From a distribution perspective we have dedicated delivery vehicles working 7 days during the harvest season to ensure product reaches farm when required. By running a dedicated fleet, we can get the product to the right places as efficiently as possible.

pellet manufacture

Home n’ Dry has always been associated with a reliable reaction when applied to cereals grains and Wholecrop but, with all the reactive components together in one pellet, it is known that Home n’ Dry could, in certain circumstances, go hard in bags when stored. New for 2024, we have added in a secondary process at the production site before dispatching for delivery to farm or other mills. The steps taken should ensure that fresh, free flowing product arrives efficiently, when you need it, minimising hassle at the point of application.

Alongside this we are continually looking at research and testing opportunities to ensure we can advise on the best utilisation of Home n’ Dry treated crops on farm and as inclusion in compound feeds to ensure consistency and improved results year in year out. We are also utilising the Home n’ Dry pellets to manufacture innovative products to be sold to farms such as Alkafibre® and AlkaProStar®, meeting requirements where new and different challenges exist and arise.