Poultry Feedmill, Fumesua

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Already at the beginning of this century, when domestic animals were still fed with single product such as grass, hay and cereals and by-products from wheat, rye, corn mills, the first steps were taken towards development of feed-milling industry as it exists today. First, very simple mixtures were prepared, consisting of three or four ingredients, which the livestocks owner mixed together with shovels. It is an open question whether those pioneers had a modest insight in the correlations of compound feed, or whether the mixtures were prepared as a result of the fact that the traditionally fed products were becoming scarce. However, the attentive observer in those days already became aware of the fact that by combining certain products better results could be yielded than with the traditional single products. But the steady increase of population and the constantly decreasing rural area due to urbanisation in favour of living space, urged man to scientifically investigate these problems in the search for possible solutions. New processes in the food industry, such as starch manufacture, extraction of oil, manufacturing of sugar malting and brewing as well as improved grinding methods for cereals and legumes supplied. High quality by-products for feed purposes, increasing living standards expansion resulted in higher local demands for next, eggs and dairy products. The trend towards intensive livestock management was a question of immediate interest. However, intensive livestock keeping without higher risks for epidemics is only possible if, besides appropriate stabling, also sound and nourishing feed is available in sufficient quantities i.e. a feed containing all nutritive substances at least to the extent as consumed by the fowls in the open country without human intervention. Based upon these fundamentals and requirements, step by step a new type of industry develops, the Feedmill Industry.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture, 1996