2 February 1996

Continental UK

extends choice

FARMERS in the south of England could soon have a wider choice of blended feeds following the establishment of a new operation by Continental UK.

Products based on rapeseed, soya and sunflower seeds will be sold from a blending facility near Salisbury, Wilts.

A key role of the project will be supplementing dairy farmers maize silage rations, says Continental UKs operations manager Jock Cullen.

Output in the first year of production, which begins in June, is expected to be between 10,000t and 20,000t, he says. But within four years, it could be 50,000t.

Recent move

The introduction of a blending operation follows the companys recent move into purchasing grain direct from farms.

Flexibility and "on-the-ground" contact with farmers are key advantages of the project, says Mr Cullen.

It will run alongside the companys existing operations, which include importing over 200,000t of feedstuffs through Southampton for sale to compounders and co-operatives.

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