Leading national supplier of ruminant animal feed, NWF Agriculture, has made a major investment at its Cheshire based blends plant as part of its business strategy of growth and progression.
NWF Agriculture, which started in 1871 as a farmer owned trading company, now forms part of the NWF Group plc, listed on the AIM market. The business is now a leading national supplier of ruminant animal feed, feeding one in six dairy cows in Britain.
In addition to its three compound mills, the company’s blending plants manufacture a wide range of blended feeds from sites strategically placed across the country to minimise transport and maximise service efficiency. The Wardle mill in Cheshire runs seven days a week to optimise usage and to keep up with customer demand. This production efficiency has enabled the business to streamline production costs over time and add value to its blends operation.
A significant £2m investment has been made to develop a state of the art blend production facility at Wardle near Nantwich. Supported by advancements in feed technology NWF are producing high quality blends which maximise herd productivity. This recent investment has enabled production throughput to rise from 26 tonnes per hour to 44 tonnes per hour. These improvements at Wardle have given considerable efficiency enhancements and reduced operational costs, benefits which in turn can be passed onto the farmer customer.
NWF blends are specifically formulated to meet the demands of all livestock systems, supporting high performance herds and encouraging optimum rumen health while complementing a wide range of home grown forages. NWF blends are a cost-effective feed in any system, allowing a range of ingredients to be fed. Feeding a blend is far simpler and more accurate than feeding straights, saving time, ensuring a more consistent diet and improving cashflow.
George Franks, NWF Agriculture, commented; “As a company, the strategic decision to invest in the Wardle blend plant has increased efficiency, generating real cost savings. This scale of investment demonstrates that NWF Agriculture is seriously committed to the future of livestock farming and to supporting a prosperous British rural economy. By investing in blending facilities we’re managing our costs which will impact further down the supply chain, for the benefit of our farming customers.”
He adds; “NWF Agriculture blends form an important part of our business, offering both standard and bespoke blends to suit individual requirements. By increasing production capability we’re able to innovate further, look at new formulations and blend mixes that will provide a nutritionally balanced and performance enhancing feed for livestock.