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Sorbiam™ Improves Pellet Durability

Dairy cows with Sorbiam™ logo.

Pelleting feed and concentrates offers a number of advantages for poultry and livestock producers. Pelleting can reduce feed waste, lessen the time allocated to eating (allowing more energy to be dedicated to growth) and improve gain and feed efficiency. Pelleting also helps with feed logistics — improved feed flow through bins, less dust formation, reduced ingredient separation during storage and less space required for storage. However, these benefits are achievable only if the pellet is of good quality. A poor-quality pellet with a large number of fines won’t return the same benefits and will have a low benefit-cost ratio.

Sorbiam™ Improves Flowability

Purpose-made pellet binders can be added to feed to improve the pellet durability index and the overall quality of the pellet. However, premium feed additives like mineral-based Sorbiam™ (available in North America only) can offer producers more than pellet quality improvements. Sorbiam promotes efficient production economics for poultry and livestock through the maintenance of a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Because Sorbiam is produced as microgranules, flowability is improved throughout feed production. Sorbiam is also available as Sorbiam XL, which is the same product manufactured as slightly larger-sized microgranules.

Sorbiam Pellet Durability Research

Recent research from Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS) suggests that Sorbiam can help improve pellet durability as well as flowability. Two methods, the tumbling box and Holmen durability tests, were used to determine if Sorbiam can improve the pellet durability index (PDI).

The basal diet was formulated with 2.52% soybean oil (Table 1). It had a production rate of 34 pounds/minute and a conditioning temperature of 82°C (180°F). Sorbiam was included at 0.1% in half the tested pellets (replacing 0.1% corn).


Table 1: Basal diet formulation for pellet durability testing

Basal diet formulation for pellet durability testing chart.

For the tumbling box traditional method, sieved pellets were placed in the tumbling can device and tumbled for 10 minutes. The samples were then removed, sieved and weighed, and the percent of whole pellets calculated. For the modified tumbling box method, three hex nuts were added to the tumbling chamber to create a more abrasive test.1

The Holmen durability test uses air to create the abrasion of pellets rather than the physical action that occurs in the tumbling box method1. To start the test, a weighed sample of screened pellets were added to the test chamber. The pellets were agitated by forced air for 30 or 60 seconds, then removed, sieved and weighed; and the percent of whole pellets was calculated.

For the tumbling box method, adding 0.1% Sorbiam to the formulation significantly improved the PDI for both the traditional and the modified procedures (increased PDI by 1.1% and 2.9%, respectively; Figure 1). For the 60-second Holmen durability test, there was a numerical improvement of 3.3% in the PDI when Sorbiam was added to the diet (Figure 2).

Tumble Box pellet durability index chart.

Figure 1: Sorbiam significantly improved the pellet durability index for both traditional and modified tumble box methods. Different letters within tumbling method indicate a significant difference (P < 0.05).

Holmen pellet durability index chart.

Figure 2: Sorbiam numerically improved the pellet durability index in the 60-second Holmen durability test. Different letters within tumbling method indicate a significant difference (P < 0.05).


Pelleting has many production and logistics advantages — but only if good-quality pellets are produced. In this study, adding Sorbiam to the pellets helped increase pellet durability, an important contributing factor to pellet quality. For more information on Sorbiam, contact your local Amlan representative.



1Stark, C. and Fahrenholz, A. Evaluating Pellet Quality, K-State Research and Extension,

Amlan International North American Product Portfolio Meets Producer Needs

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Amlan International is excited to offer our North American customers an exclusive portfolio of mineral-based feed additives that support gut health and improve the sustainability of poultry and livestock production. The North American portfolio expands our efforts to support optimal intestinal health in protein-producing animals around the world.

Consumers in North America, like global consumers, demand high-quality animal protein raised without antibiotics. These consumer preferences, coupled with concerns about microbial resistance, have put producers under pressure to reduce the use of in-feed antibiotics. Consequently, North American producers and vertical integrators are seeking cost-effective, non-antibiotic, natural feed additives that support feed conversion and optimal intestinal health. Their search ends with our North American product range that can help with these challenges.

Our mineral-based feed additives offer multiple advantages for animal protein producers. The products support optimal gut health and meet the demands for cleaner food while reducing the inputs needed to raise production animals, helping to decrease the cost and environmental impact of poultry and livestock production.

Our North American sales and technical service team, led by Heath Wessels, Director of Sales and Technical Service for North America, is eager to partner with top-tier producers to help them achieve their production goals by integrating Amlan products into their operations. “Our natural feed additives are formulated to have strong synergy with each other for supporting optimal gut health,” said Heath. “We offer individual product solutions or can recommend product combinations for maximum results.”

The new product line will only be available for sale in North America but will be offered with the same excellence and reliability that global producers know and trust from our international product offerings. Amlan is vertically integrated as the animal health business of Oil-Dri® Corporation of America, allowing Amlan and Oil-Dri to control every step of the production process and reliably deliver safe, high-quality single-sourced products from company-owned mines.

The North American product portfolio strengthens our commitment to leading the industry in supplying natural feed additives that support animal intestinal health and add value for producers. Meet our products below, and if you have any questions about our North American product portfolio, please contact

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