Bent County Development Foundation announced that Hormel Foods subsidiary Mountain Prairie LLC, south of Las Animas, Colorado, USA, has obtained a building permit from the county to construct a feed mill for its sow operations.
The company has hired Mill Tech Services (Sterling, Colorado, USA) for the construction. The mill will have the capability of an annual production of 40,000 tons with a computerized batching system and a state-of-the art air handling system.
All the ingredients will be received by truck in bulk. The facility will need approximately 20 semi loads of grain per week for their operations at that location.
The mill is expected to have four to five employees and the construction is anticipated to be completed by the first of August.
Mountain Prairie, owned by Hormel Foods Corporation, opened its first of five sow farms in May of 1997 and continued the growth until December of 1999.
There are a total of 25,000 sows that produce over 570,000 weaned pigs annually. There are currently 115 people working at the farming operations.