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Westfeeds acquires Cargill Billings plant

Westfeeds in Montana has agreed to purchase Cargill's Billings feed mill and property. Officials from both companies anticipate that the sale will close by mid-February 2010.

According to Westfeeds officials, the addition of the Billings feed mill facility will complement the company’s existing presence in Billings as well as regionally.
 
“We are pleased by the opportunities that Cargill’s Billings feed operations present for our customers,” said Scott Black, president and chief executive officer of Westfeeds.
 
“This agreement further underscores our dedication to serving the animal nutrition needs of our customers as we strive towards our vision of being the premier provider of animal nutrition in the Northern Plains.”
 
Farr Better Feeds origin
Cargill acquired the facility from Farr Better Feeds in 1991. The plant, which was built in 1968, has six full-time employees and a production capacity of 50,000 tonnes.
 
The mill produces a variety of bulk cattle feeds for the region’s beef and dairy producers.
 
With this agreement, Cargill will continue to produce bagged feeds, pet food, and its proprietary ROC® mineral product, among other offerings, throughout the region at other Cargill facilities.
 
“Under this arrangement, we are placing a valued feed manufacturing asset in the hands of a local organization that shares our commitment to this market and its livestock customers,” said Karl Thoene, general manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition’s Pacific Northwest region.
 
Toll manufacturing
Westfeeds will toll manufacture the bulk feeds for Cargill. Bagged feeds manufacturing will be shifted to other Cargill regional facilities.
 
Westfeeds was established in 2003 after a group of local investors purchased the Montana based feed assets of ConAgra.
 
The company manufactures and distributes quality livestock and companion animal nutrition products serving the Northern Plains region with locations in Billings, Great Falls, Lewistown and Miles City, Montana.
 
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