National ruminant feed manufacturer NWF Agriculture, which is marking its 150th year in business, has completed a major upgrade of its southernmost feed mill.
The company has invested £120,000 to improve the production and storage facilities at its Wixland Mill in Atherington, Devon which makes compounds and blends for dairy, beef and sheep customers.
New operations manager Claire Ebdy, who joined NWF in January, says the upgrade includes a new 10 tonne/hr Christy Turner roller mill for the blends plant to roll locally sourced wheat, barley and maize. This raises output by 8 tonnes/hr whilst maintaining excellent quality.
“We have also invested in a new 12 metre mixing screw at the blends outloading point which allows up to 3% molasses to be added to the blend in addition to the 2% already in the mixer,” she continues. “This new equipment also offers the option to add 4mm pellets and 6mm nuts to blends such as Calf Startrite or Vital Rearer. The majority of raw materials used in our diets are sourced locally and those from further afield are from leading long-standing suppliers with full traceability.”
“Substantial investment has also been made in our delivery fleet – we currently operate eight NWF branded lorries from our Wixland feed mill, the latest addition being a Volvo FM420 Triden 8X4 Rigid,” adds Ms Ebdy. “We have some exciting developments taking place at the site in terms of the infrastructure and we hope to extend our product offering for farmer collections.”
Andrew Mason, NWF’s southern sales director, adds, “We have an experienced sales team operating across the South West which has been further strengthened by the appointment of two new team members to work with farmers closer to the Wixland feed mill.
“The recent appointments came through the NWF Academy Scheme which trains future farm advisors and is currently recruiting a third intake for September. All our ruminant sales specialists are registered advisors with the Feed Adviser Register and work in partnership with livestock farmers to offer cost-effective rations that perform.”
Mr Mason says the feed offer to local farmers is supported by technical services such as forage analysis, NutriOpt rationing, dairy costings, mineral analysis and diet and dung sieving, to help them manage the performance of their herd or flock.