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New feed facility to be largest in Midwest

By Staff | Dec 21, 2014

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey stands near equipment used to heat feed at the new Lincoln Supply LC, feed mill in Ellsworth. Northey took part in a tour hosted by the company on Dec. 11.

ELLSWORTH – A new Lincoln Supply LC, feed mill in Ellsworth will be the largest producer of feed in the Midwest once it is fully operational, according to a release from the company.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was one of about 150 people who toured the facility on Dec. 11 as part of an open house.

Doug Pittman, location manager, led a tour for Northey and a couple dozen visitors.

One of the first stops on the tour was the truck loadout area.

Pittman said that the facility includes a storage area for about 1,000 tons of finished feed for turkeys and pigs.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, left, and Doug Pittman, Lincoln Supply LC, Ellsworth location manager, right, discuss the company’s new feed mill during a tour of the facility on Dec. 11. The company expects the expansion will create up to 10 new jobs when it hits peak capacity.

That doesn’t include ingredients for the feed, which has storage space for 2,000 tons. When the facility is fully operational, which Pittman said is expected in January, it will be dispensing about 120 truckloads of feed every day.

“We ground a little over 7 million bushels of corn this past year. We’re looking to more than double that. So, we’re looking at 15 to 18 million bushels of corn per year at this facility,” Pittman said.

According to a release from Ag Partners LLC, who formed Lincoln Supply in 1998 as a joint venture with several area turkey producers, the new feed mill will potentially pellet nearly 1 million tons of feed annually.

The expansion will also create up to 10 additional jobs as the mill hits peak capacity.

The tour included areas for computers which will automate feed dispersal, as well as areas where feed is heated and cooled.

“The efficiencies that were built into this plant ... makes it more efficient for livestock operations to ... get what they want.” —Bill Northey Iowa secretary of agriculture

Pittman said the pelleted feed is similar to a vitamin with many nutrients packed into each capsule. The result is more cost-effective for livestock producers than mashed feed, he said.

“It pays for them to pellet,” Pittman said.

Northey said the expansion is a great investment. He said the plant will use Iowa corn and soybeans to feed hogs and turkeys in Iowa and around the world.

“The efficiencies that were built into this plant, including using the pellets to feed animals which adds efficiency as well, makes it more efficient for livestock operations to be able to get what they want,” Northey said. “I think it has to make you optimistic about the livestock industry here in Iowa.”

The facility is located at 3364 Vail Avenue in Ellsworth.

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