Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech has started construction on its 32nd production facility globally, and 9th North American in Clovis, New Mexico.
The new site will be the fifth of its kind to produce one of Alltech's emerging technologies, Optigen, a non-protein nitrogen source originally developed by Cornell University. It was then later purchased from Agway, and has found a niche in today's volatile dairy market.
By creating space in the diet, the inclusion of Optigen allows producers to use on-farm feeds and have more flexibility during formulating. With corn prices doubling since last summer and natural disasters and drought impacting this year's planting, the southwest has seen an increasing demand for the protein alternative.
The new plant is part of the company's overall growth plan and reinforces its commitment to the Southwest US animal feed production industries. Construction should be completed by the end of July with product manufacturing starting soon after.
At least three people, including one quality control position, will be added to the operating staff . Also due to increased success in the southwest, the Clovis office plans to expand their sales team on the dairy and beef sides.
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