US — The Landus, AMVC feed mill in Hamlin, Iowa is expected to produce up to 400,000 tonnes of swine feed per year once fully operational in 2024, World Grain has reported.
Construction of the mill which started back in August is currently underway with concrete structures for the mill already poured using a slipform process.
The 145-foot mill took eight consecutive days to construct, rising 20 feet per day. The roof is expected to be poured throughout the winter.
Once complete, the project which broke ground in August will enter the next construction phase, which involves adding milling and mixing equipment and warehouse space.
“We are excited to see this project come to fruition as it will add long-term economic and agricultural value to Audubon County and surrounding areas,” said Steve Schmitz, veterinarian and managing partner of AMVC Management Services.
“The Hamlin feed mill allows AMVC and our clients more control over ingredient sourcing, quality assurance, and biosecurity, and creates an additional market for area crop producers.”
Once fully operational, the feed mill will generate demand for roughly 8.5 million bushels of corn and 48,000 tonnes of soybean meal annually.
Its operationalization will create 22 additional jobs — eight full-time mill employees and 14 local truck drivers.
“This investment into our nutritional program will provide cost savings and performance benefits for area pigs and enables us to better serve local swine operations,” said Trey Kellner, swine nutritionist and managing partner of AMVC Nutritional Services.
“AMVC, Landus, and project partners, Empire Ag, KC Engineering, and Agriculture Solutions International, have been drafting and designing the mill for over a year. It is exciting to see those efforts become a reality.”
Through this partnership, AMVC will own and operate the feed mill. Landus will be responsible for originating grain through its network of local farmer-owners.
“Our collaboration with AMVC showcases what’s possible when partners work together with an optimized approach to serving our local communities,” said Matt Carstens, president and chief executive officer, Landus.