RIDLEY Limited has officially opened its new Wellsford mill near Bendigo today, which will supply 350,000 tonnes of stockfeed to poultry and pig customers in central and northern Victoria.
Ridley has previoulsy announced Wellsford will absorb production capacity of its old Bendigo feedmill, and the Mooroopna feedmill.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions now in place across Victoria, the opening was hosted virtually.
“We look forward to leveraging the technology that this facility offers, together with Ridley’s nutritional and raw material procurement expertise, tho support the growth of the livestock enterprises in this region,” Ridley chief executive officer and managing director Quinton Hildebrand said.
Construction of the Wellsford mill started in April last year, after Ridley identified that the existing facility in Bendigo had reached capacity, and was unable to support future growth of the region’s animal protein industry.
Employees and production have been transitioned to Wellsford from the existing feedmill in Bendigo, which has now been closed and is being prepared for divestment.
Mooroopna production and customers will be transitioned to the new Wellsford site during the next six to nine months, after which the Mooroopna site will be prepared for divestment.