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Lucerne Pellet Machine

The lucerne pellet machine is well-equipped and technically sophisticated. It can process lucerne after crushing into high quality lucerne pellets.

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Introduction of lucerne pellet making machine

A lucerne pellet mill is a kind of biomass pellet mill. It can convert lucerne, alfalfa, corn stalk, rice husk, sawdust, wood chips and other agricultural and forestry waste as raw materials into high-density compact biomass pellets or feed pellets.

The machine mainly consists of feeder, conditioner, pelletizing chamber, motor and so on. It can make both alfalfa feed pellets and alfalfa fuel pellets. The process of making alfalfa feed pellets is mainly to put the crushed and dried alfalfa into the feeder, the material enters into the conditioner to be conditioned and ripened, and then the ripened material enters into the pelleting chamber for pelletizing. Finally, the material is extruded from the ring mold die hole under the extrusion of the ring mold and pressure roller. Among them, the size and diameter of alfalfa pellets are adjustable. And there is no need to go through the conditioner to mature when making alfalfa fuel pellets.

The alfalfa pellet machine is widely used in small, medium and large farms, feed processing plants and biomass fuel processing plants of various sizes.

Why making lucerne pellets?

Lucerne pellets, also known as alfalfa pellets, are very rich in nutritional value. It is an excellent source of protein and high fiber for ruminants such as cattle, sheep and horses. Lucerne, known as the “King of Forages”, is rich in protein, fiber, and minerals, and is often used directly for animal feeding. However, processing alfalfa into alfalfa pellets not only preserves the nutrients it contains, but also better utilizes the value of alfalfa.

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Here are the benefits of alfalfa pellets, and I’m sure you’ll understand why you should make alfalfa pellets.

  • Lucerne pellets are small in size, high in density, easy to manage and take up little space. It can save storage and transportation costs.
  • Lucerne pellets are high-temperature cooked feed pellets, which are easy to be digested and absorbed by animals, and help to promote the growth and development of animals.
  • Processing alfalfa into alfalfa pellets makes it more palatable to animals and can increase the amount of food they eat.
  • Moreover, the process of making alfalfa pellets can be mixed with other feed ingredients, which can provide more comprehensive and rich nutrition for animals.
  • Lucerne pellets are not easy to be graded, which will not cause waste of feed and can avoid the phenomenon of picky eating by animals.
  • Lucerne pellets are also an efficient and environmentally friendly biomass fuel pellet. With high calorific value and low ash content, it is an ideal product to replace coal.
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The lucerne pellet machine can process lucerne into feed pellets for animals to provide nutrition, and also process lucerne into environmentally friendly biomass fuel pellets that can replace charcoal or wood.

Let’s learn how to make lucerne pellets below!

How to make lucerne pellets for animal feed ?

The production process of lucerne pellet is similar to the feed pellet production line, mainly: crushing raw material, mixing raw material, raw material pellet making, lucerne pellet cooling, lucerne pellet packing. The main machines used are: lucerne hammer mill, feed mixer, lucerne pellet making machine, lucerne pellet cooling machine, lucerne pellet packing machine, conveying machine and etc. The following are the processes. conveying machine and etc.

How to make lucerne pellets for animal feed

Below is a description of each process:

01 Crushing the raw material

Generally lucerne is large in size, so the first step in making lucerne pellets is to reduce the size of the lucerne. In this process, the most commonly used processing equipment is the lucerne crusher, which has a high crushing efficiency and a long service life. The alfalfa is crushed to a powder of 2-3mm for the following mixing and pelletizing.

02 Mixing of raw materials

After crushing, the raw materials prepared according to the recipe and the crushed alfalfa powder need to be mixed well. This is one of the benefits of feeding alfalfa pellets to animals, when making alfalfa pellets can be mixed with a variety of feedstuffs and other nutrients, which can provide comprehensive and balanced nutrition for animals. RICHI Machinery’s self-developed feed mixer is designed for the production of mixed feed pellets with high mixing uniformity and low energy consumption, which is one of the necessary equipments for feed processing plants.

03 pelletizing section

After mixing, the key process of making alfalfa pellets is pelletizing. The well-mixed raw material enters into the feeder of the pelletizer through the conveying equipment, and then enters into the conditioner. By inputting a certain amount of steam into the conditioner, the raw materials can be cooked, and the proteins in the raw materials will be pasty, which can greatly promote the digestion and absorption of the feed by the animals.

Then, the fully cooked raw material enters into the inside of the pelleting chamber, and the material fills the gap between the ring die and the pressure roller, and finally is converted into alfalfa pellets under the extrusion of the ring die and the pressure roller, and is discharged from the discharge port. The length of the alfalfa pellets can be adjusted by adjusting the cutter device to obtain the desired length of the alfalfa pellets.

04 lucerne pellet cooling section

Congratulations, you have finished pelletizing! However, it is important to note that the alfalfa pellets just coming out of the pelletizer have high temperature and humidity, which makes them very easy to be deformed or broken, and also leads to deterioration of the feed if it is stored directly. Therefore, the freshly made alfalfa pellets need to be cooled down to room temperature by the cooler. If your production is low, you can also choose to use natural air drying to reduce the temperature of alfalfa pellets. However, if your production volume is high, it is recommended that you use a RICHI Machinery countercurrent cooler, which is effective, fast and energy efficient.

05 packing section

After cooling, you can bag the alfalfa pellets or store them directly according to your needs.

How to make lucerne pellets for biomass fuel?

The production process of making alfalfa fuel pellets can be referred to biomass pellet production line. There are mainly: drying, crushing, pelletizing, cooling, packing and so on.

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01 Drying of lucerne

First of all, the moisture content of fresh lucerne is relatively high, usually around 70%-80%, which is not suitable for direct pelletizing. The requirement of lucerne pellet machine for raw material moisture content is around 15%. Therefore, the first step in processing alfalfa fuel pellets needs to use a dryer to dry the alfalfa to a moisture content of about 15%.

02 Alfalfa crushing

Then, the alfalfa grass is crushed to 2-3mm powder by pulverizer. The finer the material is crushed, the better the combustion effect.

03 Pelletizing lucerne

The crushed alfalfa enters the pelletizer through the conveying equipment to be pelletized. The lucerne pellets machine is specially designed for producing alfalfa pellets. It adopts a feeder equipped with an anti-arching bin and a forced feeder, which can prevent the material from arching and enable the material to enter the pelletizing chamber smoothly to complete pelletizing. The material enters into the inside of the pelletizer, the machine runs normally, and the smooth, firm alfalfa pellets are discharged from the discharge port.

04 Cooling and packing of lucerne fuel pellets

Freshly made alfalfa fuel pellets should not be packed immediately, the temperature of the pellets should be reduced to room temperature before packing. The cooling and packing of the pellets can be done according to your needs.

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Making good pellets with RICHI lucerne pellet machine

The lucerne pellet machine absorbs the essence of the global pelletizer and is a new energy-saving product. In the past, alfalfa was usually processed into powder or directly fed to animals in its raw state. Such alfalfa feed has poor palatability and low utilization rate, and it is also easy to cause poultry picky eating. And it is also very inconvenient to feed in this way. With the emergence and popularization of feed pellet machines, powdered feed can be easily processed into pellet feed, which is convenient to manage, but also small in size and high in feed utilization.
The pelletizing of lucerne pellets is mainly done in the pelletizing room of the lucerne pellets machine, and the main working parts are the ring die and the pressure roller. The material is extruded from the die hole under the extrusion of the pressure roller and ring die, and the ideal length of the pellets can be obtained by adjusting the cutter device. Alfalfa pellet mill takes alfalfa as the main raw material and presses it into cylindrical pellets through pelletizing machine. Depending on the different raw materials of alfalfa and the processing flow, the alfalfa pellets can be used as biomass fuel or animal feed. The machine is suitable for various sizes of pellet production lines.

features of lucerne pellet mill

The following are the functional characteristics of lucerne pellet machine:

  • Scientific and reasonable structure of alfalfa pellet machine, easy to operate, easy to use, almost no need for maintenance
  • The machine is equipped with a variety of ring die aperture molds with diameters of 2-12mm, adapting to granulation of different materials to achieve the best results.
  • Alfalfa pellet mill has high capacity and low energy consumption. It can produce 1-12T/H alfalfa pellets, and the power of the main machine is between 37-280KW.
  • The alfalfa fuel pellets pressed by this equipment have smooth appearance, high hardness, high density and good burning effect.
  • Lucerne pellet machine adopts stainless steel design, smooth running, reliable quality, high output and low energy consumption.
  • The use of lucerne pellet machine can reduce the production cost for users and increase the profit margin of the project.
  • The machine adopts Siemens motor and imported high quality SKF bearings, long service life.

The following table shows the technical parameters of lucerne pelletizing machine for your reference. If you don’t know how to choose a pelletizing machine, don’t worry, our sales staff will combine your needs to recommend the most suitable machine for you. Moreover, all of our machines and production lines are customizable, and we can customize the pelletizing solution for you according to your trial needs.

Model MZLH320 MZLH350 MZLH420 MZLH520 MZLH768 MZLH858
Capacity(T/H) 0.6-0.8 0.8-1.0 1.5-2.0 3.0-4.0 5.0-7.0 8.0-10
Feeder Power(kw)
1.5 1.5 1.5 2.2 3 3
Feeder Power(kw)
0.55 0.55 0.55 0.75 1 1
Main Motor
37 55 110 160 250 280
Weight(KG) 2500 3500 4000 4500 5000 5500
Main Motor Series 6/8P
Ring Die Diameter (mm) 320 350 420 520 762 858
Pellet Length(mm) 6-12
(Note: RICHI Machinery’s products are always updated and improved. Therefore, if there is any difference between the pictures, feature descriptions and performance parameters of the actual model, please refer to the actual product.)
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Application of Lucerne pellet machine

  • The lucerne pellet machine can process a wide range of biomass raw materials, such as lucerne, hay, straw, wood chips, organic fertilizer and so on.
  • The machine has a complete range of models and is suitable for biomass pellet plants and feed pelletizing lines of all sizes.
  • The lucerne pellet mill is suitable for pelletizing light materials with specific gravity of 0.3-0.6g/cm3.
  • The lucerne pellets processed by the lucerne pellet machine can be used as animal feed, livestock and poultry feed, and also be used as biomass pellet fuel.
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Project cases related to lucerne pellet machine

As a pellet mill manufacturer with 30 years of experience in the industry, RICHI Machinery has served thousands of customers around the world, helping them make perfect pellets. Here are some examples of lucerne pellet mill projects for your reference.

Lucerne pellet machine for sale Canada

Lucerne pellet machine for sale Canada

  • Date: July 28, 2022
  • Capacity: 3-4T/H
  • Final pellet diameter: 6mm
  • Guiding price: $20,000-$30,000
  • Raw materials: alfalfa, hay
Lucerne pellet machine for sale Indonesia

Lucerne pellet machine for sale Indonesia

  • Date: Sept. 7, 2019
  • Capacity: 5-6T/H
  • Final pellet diameter: 6-8mm
  • Guiding price: $30,000-$40,000
  • Country: Indonesia
Lucerne pellet machine for sale America

Lucerne pellet machine for sale America

  • Capacity: 1-2 t/h
  • Final pellet diameter:6mm
  • Guiding price: $10,000-$20,000
  • Raw materials: Mainly lucerne
  • Date: March 17, 2020

Why choose RICHI Machinery?

  • Devoted to the pellet machinery industry for 27years
  • All products have passed ISO, CE, SGS, BV, and other international certifications.
  • Have a perfect sales system and a complete service network
  • Can customize a turnkey pellet production line project according to your need.

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All of our productas have passed ISO, CE, SGS, BV and other international certification.

How much does a lucerne pellet machine cost?

RICHI Machinery lucerne pellet mills typically cost between $10,000 and $100,000. The higher the capacity of the machine, the more expensive the lucerne pellet mill. Of course, the price of a pellet mill will vary from brand to brand because of the process used and the materials used. We always pursue to provide you with excellent quality pellet mill equipment, you can rest assured to choose us. The prices of the equipment we provide are all factory prices, if you want to know the specific information about the quotation of the pelletizer, you can leave your contact information, our sales staff will contact you within one business day.

Is the alfalfa pellet business profitable?

Alfalfa pellets are used for two main purposes. One is biomass fuel and the other is animal feed. It is obvious that nowadays people pay more and more attention to environmental protection, and the use of biomass fuel is in line with the trend of the times. Moreover, more and more countries and governments call on people to use biomass pellets to replace traditional fuels, so it is obvious that the development prospect of biomass pellet fuel is good.
As for processing alfalfa into feed pellets, as we have said before, the traditional way of feeding alfalfa directly has a series of disadvantages. With the continuous development of the farming industry, it is obvious that the traditional powder and fodder fed to animals in its raw state can no longer satisfy the animals’ needs, so it is also the trend to make feed into pelletized products. All in all, the alfalfa pellet business is profitable. As long as you choose the right pellet mill plant to develop an alfalfa pelletizing program just for you, I believe you can get a piece of the alfalfa pellet business.

What raw materials can lucerne pellet machine process?

The raw materials that can be processed by a lucerne pellet mill are many and various. Almost all biomass raw materials and feed materials can be processed into pelletized products by the alfalfa pellet mill. As an example, alfalfa pellet mills are suitable for wheat, corn, wheat straw, corn stover, hay, alfalfa grass, wood chips, paper, bamboo, and more. If you are not sure whether your raw material can be used in lucerne pellets machine, you can tell us, we will be happy to do product testing for you for free.


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