AGRAVIS compound feed plant in Minden is 50 years old
Giving the best for the region – this is the motto and the mission of AGRAVIS Mischfutter Ostwestfalen-Lippe GmbH at its location in Minden. The feedstuff plant in Minden is now 50 years old.
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There could hardly be a better site for an agricultural location: The Minden compound feed plant of AGRAVIS Mischfutter Ostwestfalen-Lippe GmbH is situated on two waterways, at the intersection of the River Weser and the Mittelland Canal. It is also very close to two motorways and a railway. For 50 years, feedstuffs for cattle, pigs, poultry, horses and rabbits have been produced in and for the region at the Minden location. The plant also produces premixes and mineral feed. With an annual production capacity of around 250,000 tons, the logistics for the supply of raw materials and feedstuff distribution are among the most important competitive factors.
Customer focus and closeness to customers
“Notwithstanding our long tradition, we see ourselves primarily as a modern company that has been serving our customers for 50 years," explains Gustav Große-Gödinghaus, one of two managing directors in Minden alongside Torsten Vollweiter. They are both fully committed to customer focus and closeness to customers. Nine field staff support a total of 24 distribution partners and over 4,300 farmers.
The two managing directors pay particular attention to customers' expectations with regard to the quality and cost of compound feed. Defined quality management processes ensure that all requirements for safe feedstuffs are met.
The plant in Minden also produces cattle and poultry feed with the "VLOG tested" seal according to the certification standard issued since September 2016 by the Verband Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik (VLOG) (Association Food without Genetic Engineering) for feedstuffs that are classified under EU law as not genetically engineered and which have been checked by independent bodies. "It is our mission at AGRAVIS to deliver the highest quality in the GM-free feedstuff segment too," says Große-Gödinghaus.
“We support farmers as a competent partner," say the two managing directors, explaining that increasing challenges caused to some extent by the new Fertiliser Ordinance are leading to a demand for, in particular, comprehensive feed concepts such as "Feeding the Future" for feed with much less N and P, which helps to reduce nutrient excretion.
Experienced team in Minden
The experienced team in Minden is fundamental to the plant's successful work. Alongside AGRAVIS Mischfutter Ostwestfalen-Lippe GmbH with 43 employees, the site is also the location of the AGRAVIS subsidiary VitaVis GmbH with 10 employees and the AGRAVIS Minden regional warehouse with nine employees. "The production team is really multicultural," says Torsten Vollweiter. The latest addition to the team is a Spanish apprentice. In the other teams too, there is a mix of experienced colleagues and career starters. “We welcome everyone and do our very best to look after them well," says the director, describing his successful model. "The last two or three years have seen big changes in the workforce in Minden. Many long-term employees have retired. But we were able to fill the vacant positions with our own trainees," Torsten Vollweiter is pleased to report.
Location portrait: Minden
Built in 1967, the AGRAVIS compound feed plant is located in the Osthafen (eastern harbour) area of Minden. The feedstuff plant has an excellent strategic location at the intersection of the River Weser and the Mittelland Canal. Alongside AGRAVIS Mischfutter Ostwestfalen-Lippe GmbH with 43 employees, the site is also the location of VitaVis GmbH, a subsidiary of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, with 10 employees and the AGRAVIS Minden regional warehouse with nine employees.
Around 250,000 tons of feedstuff for cattle, pigs, poultry, rabbits and horses are produced in Minden every year. The location also produces premix and mineral feed. Around 150 different production batches are produced every day. The factory's three production lines are run in three shifts around the clock. 30,000 tons of raw materials and 4,000 tons of finished goods can be stored at the location.
The Minden feedstuff plant is one of a total of 37 AGRAVIS feedstuff plants. Around 4.5 million tons of compound feed per year are produced at the production sites of AGRAVIS and its affiliated companies.
The location has unloading facilities for ocean and inland vessels, at which more than 400 ships moor every year. The excellent geographical location of the compound feed plant with efficient hinterland connections offers optimum conditions for the supply of grain and feedstuffs.
Figures for the AGRAVIS compound feed plant in Minden:
- Commissioned: 1967
- Size of the site: 26,450 sqm
- Three unloading facilities for raw materials – ship, truck and rail freight
- Raw material capacity: around 30,000 tons
- Finished goods capacity: around 5,000 tons
- 1 warehouse – storage capacity: 20,235 cubic metres
- Tanks for liquids – storage capacity: 500 cubic metres
- Two grinding mills (individual milling for pigs and poultry and
- mixed milling for cattle)
- Three mixing lines
- Five pressing lines
- Four loading lanes with a loading capacity of 300 tons per hour
The feedstuff industry is a link in the food manufacturing chain. Responsibility for food safety begins with compound feed production and in agricultural businesses. In addition to state control and safeguarding, the quality assurance systems in companies such as AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG are becoming ever more important. Better control protects people, animals and the environment. Everyone, from farmers to the feedstuff industry and shops, is involved in this process.
As early as 1995, AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG systematically introduced quality management (QM) systems and received test marks and certificates from independent bodies (e.g. TÜV, SGS), which confirm that it operates according to strict guidelines. The quality management system of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG is based on fixed procedures which guarantee that all requirements for safe feedstuffs are complied with and farmers' expectations with regard to the quality and cost of compound feed are met.
QM systems at AGRAVIS:
The AGRAVIS compound feed plant in Minden is certified for its efficient and orderly quality monitoring, compliance with required care and hygiene regulations and compliance with the required measures for clean and complete logging of movements of materials and quantities for components and finished products.
- ISO 9001:2000 regulations that apply to all industries
- QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH
- Controlled Alternative Animal Husbandry requirements of the Verein für kontrollierte, alternative Tierhaltungsformen e.V.
- GMP+ regulations for the feedstuff sector
- HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points)
- Risk assessment and definition of critical control points for risk minimisation and monitoring
- VLOG certificate of the Verband Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik (Association Food without Genetic Engineering) (VLOG) for feedstuffs classified under EU law as not genetically engineered.