Saturday 23rd Mar, 2019

CopRice to build new milling facility

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Animal food company CopRice plans to establish one of Australia’s largest ruminant nutrition milling facilities at Coleambally in the Riverina, NSW.

CopRice will convert the SunRice mill currently under care and maintenance into a mill capable of producing mash and blended stockfeed to meet domestic and international demand in dairy, sheep and beef markets.

The site will have more than 80,000 tonnes of storage, alongside significant grain handling capacity and warehousing with containerisation capabilities. It is also close to cereal grains and by-products from the Riverina region, such as wheat, barley, corn, almond hulls and cotton seed.

Once operational, the site will initially employ 10 full time worker and is anticipated to be the largest volume contributor for the CopRice business.

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Advanced nutrition concentrate pellets will be added to the mash and blend products from the site, manufactured at the existing Leeton mill.

SunRice CEO Rob Gordon said CopRice has converted rice by-products into world class animal nutrition for more than 30 years.

“With the conversion of the Coleambally facility, we will now extend that expertise to other agricultural by-products from the Riverina – a region that remains the cornerstone of our business. We are excited to be continuing our investment in the Riverina and especially in Coleambally, which has been core to SunRice’s success, and about the opportunities this facility will provide for local employment and businesses,” Gordon said.

“The Coleambally facility will provide the platform for CopRice to become a leading Australian ruminant animal nutrition producer, as we move from a pellet-only business to offering a complete range of pellets, mash, blends and concentrates.”