New Country Organics, a producer of certified organic soy-free feed and livestock minerals in the eastern United States, announced its acquisition of a nearly century-old Lubbock, Texas, feed mill and facility, purchased in order to expand the accessibility of its freshly-milled certified organic products throughout Texas and the southwest United States. The mill was formerly used to process conventional feed products, and is currently being cleaned and serviced to make it ready for organic production. Beginning in early October, the facility will serve as the company’s Southwest distribution hub, and production of certified organic feed will begin as soon as possible.
Located in the heart of West Texas’ agrarian-based economy, development of the Lubbock facility is an important step in New Country Organics’ plan to provide premium organic feeds to its customers nationwide, according to the company. The new location will provide freshly-milled certified organic, soy-free feed to Texas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and California.
New Country Organics is already onboarding resellers and new customers in Texas and in surrounding states, and is accepting pre-orders. New Country Organics product lines include organic feeds for chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, swine, sheep, calves, cattle, dairy cattle, horses, rabbits and alpacas, as well as animal health and soil supplements.
“Restoring the Lubbock mill is ultimately about getting closer to our growing customer base and supporting the organic community throughout the Southwest,” said New Country Organics CEO Jim Campbell. “We’re extremely proud to be part of this community and to serve the needs of our customers with organic products and a brand they’ve come to trust.”
New Country Organics expansion plans and use of the mill will occur in two phases:
Phase 1: Initial preparation of the facility to serve as a distribution hub is expected to be completed in early October. This involves cleaning, repairs and facility updates to allow for immediate regional distribution of product arriving by truckload from New Country Organics’ certified organic mill in Virginia.
Phase 2: Completion of the mill as an organic certified and operational feed processor will occur as soon as extensive reconditioning of the mill, deep organic cleaning and repairs occur. Target production is Q1, 2017. Once completed, freshly-milled feeds—sourced with grain from local and regional organic farms whenever possible—will be available for purchase and shipping throughout the region. New Country Organics uses only American and Canadian grains.
“We are dedicated to growing New Country Organics in a socially responsible way,” Campbell said. “Restoring the Texas mill is both cost-effective and environmentally responsible. It’s been a great pleasure to work with the former mill owners, Claude and Gerry Tatum, and the Lubbock community has been very welcoming.”