In crop production, nothing is ever wasted, everything is transformed ! Market leader Lallemand uses grain and oilseed by-products to make cellulose-rich pellets which form a vital part of ruminant diets. The transformation process is highly technical and encompasses a number of different steps including cleaning, crushing and homogenisation. “Our processes dovetail perfectly with agriculture’s commitment to making maximum use of all crop derivatives. The circular economy starts with the very first stages of the production model, and our work is a concrete example of this,” said company director Christophe Lallemand. Each year, the business, which is based at Val de Mercy in the Yonne département, produces some 27,000 tonnes of pellets to be turned into animal feed.
Quality and traceability certification
The feed compound sector has a long-standing commitment to ensuring optimal traceability. The RCNA certification (Certification Standard for Animal Nutrition - OQUALIM) was created to attest to this. This standard is a guarantee that raw materials meet optimal levels of quality control. Lallemand has been certified since early 2020. It has put in place a vigilance and control protocol covering numerous points identified as a result of a detailed assessment of the risks and specificities of its business. “We have secured this certification thanks to a collective effort by all our staff, from our production operators through to drivers, and not forgetting our HR and projects teams. The RCNA standard is a company-wide venture dedicated to bringing our customers optimum traceability,” explains Annabelle Leroy, Quality Project Manager, Axereal. The company will update its quality system each year to keep its certification current.