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Specialist animal feed firm completes £2m new blending centre

Published on 26 June, 2009, Last updated at 04:03 GMT

SPECIALIST animal health and nutrition company, SCA NuTec, has completed a £2m development in a new blending facility for the animal feed industry at its Dalton site, near Thirsk.

The investment includes a dedicated tote production plant for specialist high-value products for the pet and equine sectors and a new dry powder blending plant that will produce premixes and minerals for inclusion in pig and ruminant diets to supply directly to farms, to merchants, wholesalers, distributers and feed compounders.

The tote facility is housed in a newly-built room within the plant and is equipped with technology that ensures zero cross-contamination risk.

All raw materials are bar coded and checked throughout the manufacturing process using state-of-the-art traceability and tracking features.

“We now have a highly-efficient and up-to-date plant that goes beyond the required legislative requirements and offers high-quality assurance to our customers,” said SCA NuTec managing director Mark Cole.

Part of the global Provimi company that has 87 production plants in 30 countries, SCA NuTec has two manufacturing sites in the UK.

This latest development is part of a restructuring of the UK operation that consolidates animal nutrition activities at Dalton and the production of animal health products at its Lichfield site.

Despite its global reputation, Provimi is keen to keep production of SCA product close to its core market – the majority of production from Dalton is for the UK market, and for exporting to north west Europe.

Products from the new plant can be produced to customers’ specifications and the flexibility of the tote plant brings a range of packing options from five to 25kg bags through to 1,000kg tote bags.

The new blending plant is capable of producing 20,000 tonnes of premixes and minerals a year in a single eight-hour shift.

SCA NuTec has sales in excess of £36m and employs 115 staff, 85 of which are at its Dalton site.

It supplies many units with young pig diets and speciality products in the key pig production areas in the UK such as East Anglia and Holderness, and ruminant products across the UK.


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