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Optimal Feed Mill Blending


  • Jeffrey R. Stokes
  • Peter R. Tozer


Commercial feed blending is a complex process consisting of many potential raw ingredients and final products. The sheer number of daily orders and final products at a typical feed mill means that raw ingredients cannot be mixed to directly produce final products in an economical fashion. As a result, the intermediate production of pellets with prespecified nutritional content is a necessity that makes the feed blending problem highly nonlinear. We discuss a nonlinear approach to feed blending and compare results from an empirical application to those from a sequential linear programming approach common to most feed mills. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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  • Jeffrey R. Stokes & Peter R. Tozer, 2006. "Optimal Feed Mill Blending," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 28(4), pages 543-552.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:28:y:2006:i:4:p:543-552

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