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They are keen on compliance, as all companies have to be these days, and were ahead of the game on UFAS, partly because some customers were supplying M&S, and they therefore were required to be audited to rigorous standards even before UFAS was introduced; today, they believe, UFAS is the minimum level to which a compounder should be operating. Low cost production is a focus, with volume purchasing giving them

recent record of 850 tonnes, and the potential to go beyond that. 20% of output from the mill is bagged, a relatively high proportion

due in part to the significant tonnage of sheep feed produced and in part to the fact that a lot of sales are through the retail stores. The bagging line is a one man operation, using plastic bags to produce 1.5 tonne pallets at a rate of 12 tph (shortly to increase to 15 tph following investment in new equipment). There is a blending man, a cubing man and a bulk outload man,

so bulk feed is produced by three people, who currently work a three shifts a day, six days a week shift pattern. In addition, there are the warehouse staff and maintenance people, who look after the machinery and also the vehicles. Wynnstay operates a fleet of some 70 delivery vehicles ranging from small pickups, through bulk blowers and artics, all of which are owned by the Group. The set-up inherited at Carmarthen is somewhat different, utilising

double pelleting on two press lines each capable of about 12-13 tph. Grist control is achieved via an inverter on the fixed screen grinder and the next stage of investment will be in more finished storage bins, and ultimately a completely dedicated line for the production of meals. Wynnstay has always been an innovator in the world of feed

production. They were amongst the first in the UK to use yeast products and organic selenium in their diets, for example, and see being innovative as an important part of developing the Wynnstay brand.

the necessary buying power to bear down on costs per tonne of raw materials. Cost per mile transported is also an issue and the company is keen on backloading and reciprocal trading, which is good for business for both parties concerned. They have invested heavily in the future both in the equipment at the mills and in the transport fleet and they have also made a conscious decision to invest in training young people to be the compounders of the future. This ties in with a close working relationship wi th key educat ional establishments such as Harper Adams, Aberystwyth University and IBERS, involving the funding of small scale practical feeding trials; these are not particularly costly and they produce results which have been presented at BSAS while still being of real value to farmers. Of course, the college students conducting these trials are tomorrow’s potential customers – or employees. The Feeds Division covers the whole of Wales and a large chunk

of England from the M4 in the south up to Derbyshire and across to Lancashire. There are, says Steve Brown, plenty of opportunities and no shortage of potential for the right sort of business. With the world’s population growing massively, to over 9 billion within 40 years, but with most of the world’s arable land already under cultivation, agriculture has never been so important. “We are committed to British agriculture,” says Steve. “It has a lot of potential, and we are keen to be part of it.”

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