ForFarmers has had plans for its proposed £10 million feed mill extension approved by Exeter City Council, meaning the project has now been given the green light to go ahead.
The project involves the rebuilding of its current feed mill on the same site located in Exeter, and will result in the creation of one of the largest, most-efficient feed mills in the UK.
The extension to the feed mill is expected to cost in the region of £10 million and will take up to 18 months to finish construction. The investment falls in line with ForFarmers Horizon 2020 strategy which sets the aim of providing a full range of best-in-class nutritional solutions to farm businesses.
Talking about the extension, ForFarmers UK chief operating officer Iain Gardner said, "Our customers will benefit from a state-of-the-art production facility, second to none in the UK, that will produce products with superior product quality and with a new level of efficiency within the UK industry. We intend to combine the current Exeter blend plant and compound mill to create a high-capacity multi-species production facility with the capability to manufacture up to 300,000 tonnes annually (current capacity 150,000 tonnes)."
"Having introduced tanker delivery vehicles to the UK, allowing safer, quieter and more product-friendly delivery, this investment will allow their increased use and so we'll also be expanding this fleet of vehicles," he said.
Mr Gardner added the major investment in the South-west reaffirmed the company's support to its customer base in the area. Furthermore, it represented another significant investment in the UK industry by ForFarmers, demonstrating long-term commitment to its UK business and UK agriculture.