BioMühle Hamaland GmbH starts organic feed production
All of the test runs were successful and production has started in Gescher: BioMühle Hamaland GmbH has begun operating its feed plant and will produce organic feed from now on. The joint venture of Raiffeisen Hohe Mark Hamaland eG (RHMH) and AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG can now satisfy the increased demand for organic feeds in its region and expands its product selection.
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- Pleased by the start of the organic feed production at the Gescher plant (from left): Markus Posielek, Managing Director of BioMühle Hamaland GmbH, Sales Manager Martin Epping, Martin Duesmann-Artmann, Managing Director of BioMühle Hamaland GmbH, and Sönke Voss, Feedstuff Manager at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG.
The production and sales company, managed by Martin Duesmann-Artmann and Markus Posielek, supplies farmers with all their organic feed related needs.
A specialized company has worked on cleaning the plant in dry conditions since November. Each machine, each tube and each conveyor was carefully inspected and cleaned. This took place simultaneously to the certification process in compliance with the EU regulation on organic farming, which lists having a separate space from conventional production as a basic requirement.
10,000 tonnes of feed in the first year
Until now, the feedstuff plant in Gescher has been producing around 45,000 tonnes of feed per year – 75% is pig feed and the rest is feed for cows. The previous operation is now entirely set up to produce organic feed for pigs, cows and poultry. It is expected that about 10,000 tonnes of feedstuff will be produced in the first year of the organic feed production. Besides loose goods, the product range will possibly include organic feed quality sacked goods that will be distributed nationally.
The familiar service portfolio stays in place
There will be no change in the previous range of services. "We are full-liners. The full scope of the familiar service portfolio we provide to our customers will be preserved. Previous compound feed business will be handled by our plants in Lembeck, Wesel and Dorsten," promises Martin Duesmann-Artmann. Additionally, he says, the company accepts the responsibility to offer compound feed concepts to farmers in the region, who have been working in accordance with ecological guidelines for many years. "Our future organic feed offering will actively secure the future and meet our farmers’ needs," say Duesmann-Artmann and Posielek.
Entry into a new segment
The strategic alliance between Raiffeisen Hohe Mark Hamaland eG and AGRAVIS to produce organic feeds will enable both partners to gain entry into a new segment. The market and the precise prerequisites for producing organic feeds at the chosen location have already been analysed in detail. "There is a sustainable and growing market that is following a current nutrition trend," explains Martin Duesmann-Artmann, Managing Director of Raiffeisen Hohe Mark Hamaland eG, and Sönke Voss, Feedstuff Manager of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG. Both companies have been strengthening their cooperation in the feedstuff market in Westphalia since 2014.