More feed, fewer mills: feed industry consolidation

More feed, fewer mills: feed industry consolidation

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How technology, integration and regulations are reshaping US feed production

The mill had been in the Houle family for three generations, according to Gary Houle, the company’s final owner. Over the years, they have watched industry trends come and go. The mill’s business boomed in the 1950s alongside the growth of the area turkey industry; that was gone by the 1970s. Eventually, the demand for pet food supplanted products intended for production agriculture.