Patent Number: 6,250,793

Title: Animal feed additive application utilizing foam

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for applying accurately metered, minute quantities of concentrated additives from bulk sources of supply to successive masses of material presented for treatment. The methods of the invention comprise mixing an additive with a small amount of a liquid carrier to form a suspension, causing the suspension to foam, and applying the resulting foamed suspension to a material such as animal feed. The apparatuses of the invention provide for a pass-through chamber within which separate streams of a liquid carrier, an additive substance, and preferably a foaming agent are merged together. Each of the streams are directed into the chamber in a metered flow to incrementally combine the streams. A suction pump at the downstream end of the chamber draws the prepared product out of the chamber and advances it toward an ultimate delivery site. By utilizing foam, the methods and apparatuses of the invention require very little carrier liquid and result in a product which can be evenly and thoroughly distributed over the animal feed.

Inventors: Gian; Michael (Garden City, KS)


International Classification: B01F 15/02 (20060101); B01F 3/12 (20060101); B01F 015/02 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018