Cargill sinks $32m in Texas feed market expansion project

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis

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Cargill is planning a multi-million investment to boost cattle feed production in Texas to meet increasing demand, says business leader.

The Minnesota-based agri-giant announced Friday (February 3) that it was planning a $32m expansion of its feed production facility in Temple, Texas. The work is set to start in March. 

James Jarzombek, US business leader for Cargill Feed and Nutrition, said the customer base in the Texas market continues to grow.

“We will be able to support the current production demands while increasing capacities and capabilities [will leave us better able] to serve our ag retail and beef customers in central and north Texas,” ​he told FeedNavigator.

“We’ve been actively working to identify opportunities to grow our ag retail and beef business in Texas given the significant demand opportunity that exists in that market,”​ he said. “Our key customer segments in Texas indicate strong demand potential."

New feed manufacturing capacity 

The expansion of the feed facility is expected to be completed in 2019. It is anticipated that the effort will create 30 new jobs and expand the types of feed generated at that location.

Cargill opened its initial poultry feed production facility on the Texas site in 1998, said Jarzombek.

"The Temple plant is in an optimal location as it is strategically located with access to key population centers, and in close proximity to cattle density, with rail and interstate access."

Additional construction will add new beef cattle feed manufacturing capacity, he said.

The plant expansion is just one of recent Cargill investments in the US feed industry, the company said. Others include the acquisition​ of Southern States Cooperative’s animal feed business in September last year.

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