Cargill building $29 million hog feed mill in Iowa

Feed mill will support hog finishing operations throughout region, benefit company’s pork facilities in Iowa and Illinois

Cargill’s pork business has broken ground for the construction of a new, $29 million feed mill in Hedrick, Iowa. The new feed mill, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will be capable of producing 350,000 tons of pelletized hog feed annually.

The mill will be strategically located in proximity to feedstock raw material supplies; hog finishing operations in southeast Iowa and northern Missouri; Cargill   pork processing plants at Ottumwa, Iowa, and Beardstown, Ill.; and key transportation corridors serving the region.

Younglove Construction, a firm from Sioux City, Iowa, will build the mill.

“As our pork business grows due to customer and consumer demand, this feed mill will help us improve our efficiency, reduce costs and provide hog farms with feed that is formulated by our nutritionists,” said Dirk Jones, president of Cargill Pork, based in Wichita, Kan. ”Additionally, it will improve our feed ingredient sourcing, food safety and feed quality management. This feed mill is a strategic fit for our pork business throughout the region. The benefits are significant and will help us remain cost competitive in our ongoing efforts to always provide superior fresh pork products and services to our domestic and international customers.”

In 2011, Cargill purchased a 21,500-acre site near Dalhart, Texas, for $33 million, to increase its pork production capabilities. That facility, which will reach full production capacity in late 2015, is continuously increasing the number of hogs being sent to farms in the region that will benefit from the new Iowa feed mill.