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Feed Mill Management

Europe feed equipment manufacturer acquires feed mill dealer

Deal signed on Sept. 21
Europe animal feed machinery and equipment producer Skiold A/S has acquired 50% of Australia's Vacuum and Milling Solutions. Since 2008, VMS has sold and supplied feed mills and ancillary equipment from Skiold to farmers and stockfeed industries in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and the Pacific Islands.  
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China company invests in animal feed in Vietnam

Mill to have annual output of 400,000 tons
Chinese company Sichuan Tequ Group has invested $10 million in a Vietnam feed mill in the country's northern Bac Giang Province. The venture is expected to bring advanced feed production technology and management experience to Vietnam, and further enhance agricultural cooperation between the two countries, according to Hoang Kim Giao, director of the Livestock Breeding Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. 
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England wheat production down, but better than predicted

Farmers invest in drying to preserve grain quality
England's wheat harvest has not been as bad as first feared, despite the extremely dry weather, according to results of an NFU members’ survey. Preliminary results from the NFU’s 2011 harvest survey have revealed yields are below average despite a cropping area up around 3% to 1.822 million hectares. 
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JBS United, DeKalb Feeds partner on feed manufacturing

Companies to use existing Iowa feed mill for joint venture
JBS United and DeKalb Feeds have entered into a joint venture, Central Nutrition Services LLC, focusing on manufacturing livestock feeds and nutritional supplements for both JBS and DeKalb and their customers throughout the Midwest. The venture takes advantage of an existing Frytown, Iowa, mill facility which DeKalb acquired in September 1996, and which has never been fully utilized. 
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First Chinese animal feed mill built in Cambodia

Mill joint effort between China, Japan investors
The first Chinese animal feed mill has been built in Cambodia, a joint effort between China's New Hope Group and Japan's animal feed Sojitz Corporation. The Sichuan New Hope Agribusiness (Cambodia) will be able to produce roughly 57,000 tons of animal feed per year, adding to the country's current production capabilities of 170,000 tons per year.  
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ADM closes soy processing plant in Illinois

Operations to be absorbed into surrounding plants
Archer Daniels Midland Co. has closed its soybean processing plant in Galesburg, Ill., due to low profits and slow demand, according to the company. "Several factors — including the growing soybean export market, the increasing cost of beans and a decrease in domestic demand for soybean meal — put severe pressure on the profitability of the Galesburg plant and drove the decision to close the facility," said Roman Blahoski, ADM spokesman.  
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Syngenta sues grain supplier over GMO corn rejection

Company says it has appropriate approvals to major export destinations
Syngenta Seeds has filed suit against the North American grain operations of Bunge for refusing to accept a genetically modified type of Syngenta's corn designed to protect the crop against insect damage. Syngenta said Bunge has singled out its corn, stating elevators cannot accept the grain because they don't have necessary international approval from major export destinations.
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Milling company expands with animal feed facility

Project to be completed in fall 2011
Belstra Milling Co. is expanding with a $2.5 million expansion to its animal feed production facility. The renovation project will focus on creating more efficient mill stock and grain receiving, increased storage and processing capacity, improved external and internal traffic flows and greater warehouse space, according to the company. 
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Tongwei expanding with feed plant in Vietnam

$10 million plant will be complete in March 2012
Tongwei Group is expanding with a new feed plant in Hai Duong, Vietnam. The $10 million plant will be the company's third facility opened in Vietnam, adding to Yue Hua Tongwei and Vietnam Tongwei, built in 2007 and 2009. 
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Archer Daniels Midland acquires animal feed manufacturer

English River Pellets to help expand ADM's grain origination in Iowa
Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced the acquisition of English River Pellets Inc., an Iowa-based grain elevator and animal feed manufacturing business. The animal feed portion of English River Pellets’ business will be operated by ADM Alliance Nutrition Inc. 
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