Arch Feeds

Arch Feeds is a developer and supplier of innovative specialty materials and ingredients for animal feed industry.

We use state-of-the-art technology to manufacture our products, such as milling, sifting, mixing, steeping and Cold press extraction.

We guarantee highest quality standards in combination with individual customer service and flexibility. In cooperation with our customers we actively and efficiently work out creative, tailor-made solutions and concepts that match their specific requirements. 

Why Arch Feeds?

Metabolic and insulin resistance issues are on the rise due to the amount of sugars and high glycaemic ingredients in their diets. This is partly due to the ready-to-eat processed cereal /grain equine feeds. While they may taste good, they are not always good for your horse. Horses are grazing animals; their digestive tracts were not designed to process things they would not normally find in a field or meadow. Feeds with excessive amounts of sugar or starch should be avoided as this may lead to colic, founder, or tying-up in horses. High fat content may compromise glycogen storage and excessive protein may lead to problems associated with ammonia production. 

Fibre is an energy source that is often overlooked in horse nutrition. Horses have a highly developed hindgut that houses billions of bacteria and protozoa capable of fermenting large quantities of fibre. The end products of fibre fermentation can be used as energy sources throughout the day, since fermentation continues long after a meal has been consumed. This is known as slow release energy. Proper gut function is essential to the health and well-being of your horse, so fibre should be considered an essential nutrient. 

Arch Feeds products will give your horse the equivalent benefits at any time of year. Harvest at the optimum time and their unique process preserves all the taste and nutrients to keep your horse at its best.

Arch Feeds products are 100% pure and natural, no preservatives, additives, binders or fillers and versatile in use:

  • Substitute for most popular commercially available products. 
  • Mix and match Arch Feed products - create your own recipe to your horses taste preference
  • Add to existing rations 

Our Production

Arch Feeds employs unique technologies, as well as very well-known traditional technologies, to transform the nature into outstanding ingredients.

Arch Feeds cares about nature. We strive to make our manufacturing processes to be eco-compatible. The quality of our products is controlled by following the highest safety and quality standards and by respecting the regulatory guidelines in every step of the process.

At Arch Feeds, we only use the best and most promising natural materials. Our technology allows us to add value to those natural materials.




Alternative to soybean meal, high in protein and oil. 


Sunflower meal is the by-product of the extraction of oil from Sunflower Seeds. In terms of production, it is the 4th most important oil meal after soybean meal, rapeseed meal and cottonseed meal. 

A wide variety of products are available on the market, from low-quality straw-like meals to high-quality flours. Our Sunflower Meal Pellets are made from dehulled seeds, mechanically extracted through cold-press processing. Oil-rich sunflower meal obtained by mechanical pressure has considerably higher oil and crude protein content, whilst the fibre content is lower, which is why it’s superior to solvent-extracted sunflower meal, which remains the main type of sunflower meal commercially.


Though it contains less protein and much more fibre than soybean meal, sunflower meal is a valuable livestock feed, particularly for ruminants and rabbits, and under certain conditions for pigs and poultry.

Sunflower seed and soybean meal comparison 

Sunflower seed meal and soybean meal are residual products obtained after the oil fraction is removed from the primary product. Both serve as an attractive product for the animal feed industry. This report will compare nutritional properties of these meals as a feed product for livestock animals. 

Sunflower seed meal is the fourth largest oilseed meal produced and consumed in the world. The greatest potential of sunflower seed meal is the use in ruminant rations, but it also has a place as a protein supplement in non-ruminant rations.Dehulled sunflower meal can be substit uted for soybean meal on an equivalent protein basis in feeding ruminants. Depending on the plant specifications sunflower seed meal can be utilised in feeding poultry and swine if the content of fibre is low and the protein content is high.

Lower levels of lysine and threonine may cause some restrictions on some non-ruminant uses of sunflower seed meal. However, sunflower meal contains an excellent level of methionine which provides potential advantages for mixing with other meals.

Dairy cows
Sunflower seed meal is a valuable source of supplemental protein for dairy cows. Two studies conducted with dehulled (1) and partially dehulled (2) sunflower seed meal show that replacing soybean meal results in similar milk production.  Cows fed with a blend of sunflower an soybean meal had slightly increased production (3). Other study shows that feeding cows with the blend results in more desirable amino acid composition than using the soybean meal on its own, indicating that using the blend might be more beneficial than using single protein source. (4)

Sunflower seed meal protein is easily soluble in water and has a high ruminal digestibility. Compared to soybean meal, the proteins of sunflower have a water solubility more than double (14.7 vs. 6.2). (5) The research involving all ages of cattle, has shown that sunflower seed meal is equally palatable as soybean meal. (6). 

Beef Cattle
Sunflower meal is a biologically and economically useful protein source for all classes of beef cattle. Beef cows can be provided supplemental protein effectively with sunflower meal when degradable protein is required. 

Sunflower seed meal can be used as the sole source of protein in beef rations (12). In trials comparing sunflower meal with other protein sources, equal animal performance is commonly observed based on isonitrogenous diets from different sources. One of the studies (13) reported that sunflower meal will minimize weight and condition score losses for beef cows. Equal performance was reported in heifers and lactating cows when sunflower meal was compared with linseed meal in isonitrogenous supplements.

A randomized trial was used to compare sunflower meal and soybean meal as protein supplements in weanling horse diets. The diets were formulated to contain approximately equal amounts of protein and fibre. Sunflower meal was similar to soybean meal as a supplemental protein source for weanling horses. No difference was found between the diets for any of the variables. (7) 

Swine and poultry
There are some limitations in feeding poultry and swine with the sunflower seed meal, due to high fibre and insufficient levels of lysine. The high fibre sunflower seed meal can be used up to 50 percent replacement of the soybean meal in swine rations. Higher intakes might reduce weight gains, because of the high fibre content. (8, 9). The maximum amount of sunflower seed meal that can be applied in broiler chicks diet is 15%. (9) If supplemental lysine is added, sunflower seed meal can replace 100% supplemental protein in laying hens. (10) Blending (1:1) sunflower with legumes meal, having a high-lysine content, results in an improvement of the nutritive value of the mix. (5)

Sunflower seed meal advantages

Sunflower meal is more ruminally degradable, with 74% available protein to microbes in the rumen, than soybean meal (66%). (11) Rumen-degradable protein is required for a healthy microbial population, which is necessary for thorough digestion of forage and fibre, making this protein source useful to all beef cattle and other ruminants.

The mechanical (pressure) extraction of oil leaves more residual oil in the meal, depending on the efficiency of the extraction process.  Elevated oil content in mechanically-extracted meals provides greater energy density, which may be more valuable for animals with higher nutrient requirements or where limited amounts of supplement are fed. Both soybean and sunflowers seed are rich in conjugated linoleic acid (isomers of linoleic acid with conjugated double bonds), which has been reported to have a wide range of beneficial effects, including; anticarcinogenic, antiatherogenic, antidiabetic and immune stimulatory.  During one trial on bulls (14), sunflower seeds were more effective than full fat soybeans in increasing the ratios of unsaturated fatty acids, including conjugated linoleic acid.

Sunflower seed meal contains similar amounts of calcium and phosphorus, less potassium, higher amounts of magnesium, copper, iron and zinc, and significantly higher amount of selenium. Vitamin levels of dehulled sunflower meal are considerably higher than in soybean meal. 

Sunflower meal appears to be equal to other protein sources, but the amount fed needs to be adjusted based on the fibre content of the meal. Sunflower seed meal is similar to soybean meal as a source of supplemental protein in dairy cows, beef cattle and weanling horses, since ruminants are able to digest fibre much better than other species. When included in diets of ruminants and pigs, balances the deficiencies of common livestock feeds. Dehulled sunflower seed meal can be used as a partial replacement in swine and poultry diets.  

Literature cited

  1. Parks, C.S., G.M. Edgerly, G.M. Erickson, and G.R. Fisher. (1981). Response of dairy cows to sunflower meal and varying dietary protein and fiber. J. Dairy Sci. 64 (Suppl. 1):141 (Abstr.)

    2. Marx, G.D. (1988). New oilseed meals may be economical alternative protein supplement. Minnesota Dairy Rep. AG-BU-2235.
  2. Nishino, S., S. Kondo, and K. Hayashi (1980). Feeding value of sunflower meal as a replacement for soybean meal in lactating cows. J. College of Dairying 8:275.

    4. Drackley, J.K., and D.J. Schingoethe. (1986). Extruded blend of soybean meal and sunflower seeds for dairy cattle in early lactation. J. Dairy Sci. 69:371.

    5. Piva G., Instituto Di Scienze della Nutrizione, Univ. Catt. Sacro Cuore, Facoltadi Agraria. Nutritional value of sunflower seed and sunflower meal for livestock animal. 
  3. Richardson, C.R., and G.D. Anderson. (1981). Sunflowers; beef applications. Feed Mgt. 32(6):30.
  4. Dwight Haskell Hurley, B.S. Texas Tech University - Nutritional Value of sunflower meal for weanling horses.
  5. Baird, D.M. (1981). Sunflowers: swine applications. Feed Mgt. 32(6):32.
  6. Gargallo, J., and D.R. Zimmerman. (1981). Effects on sunflower hulls on large intestine function in finishing swine. J. Anim. Sci. 53:1286.

    10. McNaughton J.L., and J.W. Deaton. (1981), Sunflowers: Poultry applications. Feed Mgt. 32(6):27.
  7. NRC. 1996. Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle. 7th Revised Edition. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 
  8. Richardson, C.R., and G.D. Anderson. 1981. Sunflowers: beef applications. Feed management. 32(6):30.
  9. Gray, K.S. 1995. Effects of sunflower meal and whole sunflower seed on winter grazing performance and on intake, digestibility and dry matter disappearance of low-quality forage in beef cows. M.S. thesis. Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins. 

14.Eweedah N1, RózsaGundel J, Várhegyi J. Comparison of fullfat soybean, sunflower seed and protected fat as fat supplements for their effect on the performance of growing-finishing bulls and carcass fatty acid composition



High-fibre animal feed material.


Pellets made from the husks of sunflower is a by-product obtained in the production of vegetable oil. They represent a cylindrically shaped pellets. These pellets are produced from sunflower seed husk, milled using pressing at high temperature and without the addition of any binder. 

Due to high fibre content and low protein content, SFHP can’t be used as an animal feed material on its own, which is they are not competing with other animal food products, however they can be incorporated into animal feeds as an inexpensive source of extra fibre.

Alternative uses 

Bedding material is an alternative use for SFHP. It's suitable for horses, poultry and livestock. After adding a small amount of water, the pellets will turn into sawdust and expand, just like wood pellets beddings do.