Nebraska mill revamps to produce organic poultry, livestock feed

The retrofitted Scratch and Peck Feeds facility offers more than eight times its current capacity.

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In March 2023, Scratch and Peck Feeds, an organic animal feed manufacturer located in Burlington, Washington, purchased a 44,611-square-foot mill in Sioux City, Nebraska. It then took on retrofitting the mill for production and distribution of organic poultry and livestock feeds and supplements.

The mill, built in 1966 and last renovated in 2008, includes a 13-story feed tower, drive-through receiving and load-out buildings.

"The capacity at this mill, including warehouse space, offers growth potential to more than eight times our current capacity," said Steve Reed, vice president of operations.

The mill sits within a region of family-run organic farms. "We are excited to engage with them on the next part of our journey," said Reed, noting the company looks forward to building new partnerships that align with its core values of animal welfare, holistic farming practices and quality organic food.

This second production site, centralized within the U.S., will also provide more efficient distribution of Scratch and Peck products to America's population centers, said Rich Fowles, CEO.

"The additional capacity and scale will increase its ability to lead the industry with innovation that provides healthier feed while reducing the industry's carbon footprint," said Fowles.

The company anticipates production and distribution from the Nebraska mill will begin in early 2024. Production and distribution will continue from its flagship location in Washington state.

"At Scratch and Peck Feeds, we have been working toward this lofty aspiration by expanding into new geographies and partnering with aligned suppliers," said Fowles. "We are committed to our pioneer roots while we provide continued leadership toward a very bright future in agriculture."

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