“Many integrator feed facilities place a strong emphasis on maintaining exceptional standards in safety, quality, food safety and production efficiency," said Gary Huddleston, the AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs, who said the program was about acknowledging those feed manufacturers who go above and beyond in keeping their operations running safely and efficiently.
The AFIA has been recognizing excellent feed manufacturing facilities since 1985.
The FFY program recognizes safety, quality, regulatory compliance, and operating efficiencies. It offers four categories: commercial dry manufacturer, liquid feed manufacturer, integrator manufacturer and premix/ingredient manufacturer. Each category has its own facility of the year award and the programs run at different times throughout the year.
The application phase for the Integrator FFY program is now open and submissions are due by October 6.
The AFIA named Mountaire Farms’ Scotland County feed mill based in Maxton, North Carolina as the winner of its integrator feed facility competition last year.
That mill was selected due to its commitment to employee safety, community involvement and animal food safety, explained Huddleston.
In 2021, the Maxton plant produced 1,056,550 tons of feed.
Last month saw the US feed industry representatives open the application phase for its 2023 commercial dry feed facility of the year program.