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Re-investment in Northern mill

1st August 2016

Substantial investment sees state of the art equipment being used to refurbish and re-open a feed mill in the north of England.

ABN, part of AB Agri recently brought Langwathby mill, near Penrith, back into operation after a major investment, helping improve the geographical footprint of their business in the region.

“Poultry production is growing in the north of England, with our existing customers expanding their businesses, and also new entrants joining the sector,” says Kevin Sketcher, Business Unit Director for ABN. 

“To be able to better serve our customers in the north, we saw the opportunity to re-invest in Langwathby mill, a previously operational mill that was lying idle,” he says.

Mr Sketcher explains, that having a mill strategically placed in North West England will also allow ABN to free up capacity in some of the other mills across the country. “As a result of this, we are in a position to place customers feed production into their closest mill, where possible, ensuring we are delivering feed as efficiently as possible.  

“This has been a very gradual process for us. We started with a blank canvas, meaning we had the opportunity to invest in the latest technology and state of the art equipment. As the equipment had never produced feed before, we were very diligent and careful in the initial stages of production.”

He explains that a number of different diets were extensively sampled, tested and analysed to make sure nutritional composition was as expected. “Only after we received the results did we release the feed on farm.

“Not all farms where moved to the new mill at the same time. Instead this was done over a three month period to ensure each process in the mill could cope with the increasing volume, while maintaining the quality specification we wanted, with robust quality control testing at each stage.

“The mill is currently running at the anticipated production level with scope for future growth, which means that we can react and support industry expansion.   

“We are very grateful to our partner customers for their co-operation throughout the process. They have welcomed the changes and this marks a significant development in our business that we hope we can learn from, and potentially role out some of the new technology to our other existing mills,” says Mr Sketcher.