ForFarmers officially opened its Exeter feed mill last week after a £10 million redevelopment project that involved a complete rebuild of the plant.

Over 200 farmers and guests saw ForFarmers chief operating officer Steven Read perform the opening ceremony. He outlined the three major themes that drive the business – investment, data and training.

“Investment in manufacturing and logistics, of which the Exeter mill’s rebuild and restructuring has been a major part, has been key to the development of the business,” he noted. “The significant rebuild and restructuring process over the last two years has increased the mill’s output capacity from 140,000 to 300,000 tonnes of animal feed a year.

“The use of data to help drive future farm development and productivity and the continued investment in high quality people through the ForFarmers training academies are also key themes as we take the business forward.

Exeter site manager Simon Short showed guests around the new facility which includes a state-of-the art mill control room, an energy-efficient vertical feed conveyor transport system, and a new outloading facility using pre-loaded feed bins that has cut the discharge time for feed into delivery vehicles from 90 minutes to 90 seconds.

“The redevelopment is an exciting step forward and after years of hard work and significant financial investment, it is great to see the Exeter Mill running to its full potential,” concluded Mr Read. “The redevelopment will have a really positive impact on our UK business as a whole, but especially our South West based customers.”