Cargill has made plans to begin production at a new, high-capacity feed mill on May 1.

The new facility, which has been under construction since September 2010, will replace Cargill's feed mill that was destroyed in a fire on Feb. 12, 2010. "While we lost our mill in the fire, we never lost our commitment to the dairy and livestock producers in this region," said Rob Sheffer, regional general manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition. "That is why every design aspect of our new, world-class facility is aimed to help us deliver the best quality feed possible to our customers."

The new mill features state-of-the-art feed batching software to give Cargill Animal Nutrition experts maximum precision in customizing feed to match customer needs. The mill will have expanded mixing capacity and flexibility, which will allow for improved efficiencies, larger batches and faster delivery. Other upgraded features include a fully automated grinding and receiving system and grain-banking bins available to store customers' grains as needed. It will also feature an advanced short-mixing system, with a computerized bar-coding approach that tracks micro-ingredient levels in feed formulations.

With 20% increased production capacity, the mill will produce 120,000 tons of feed per year. It will primarily serve dairy farmers and livestock producers in Franklin, Cumberland and Adams counties in Pennsylvania and Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties in Maryland.