Agribusiness & Food, Equipment & Technology

Funding to expand Eyre Peninsula mill

Grain. Photo: Ingram Publishing

A $350,000 grant from the South Australian Government will help Butterfields Farm Direct Stock Feeds expand its feed mill at Cummins, on the south-west Eyre Peninsula.

The $700,000 expansion, which will get half its funding from the state’s Regional Development Fund, will the small business build new facilities and buy new plant and equipment for its stockfeed production.

New equipment will include a grain mixer, a grain weighing hopper, a pelleting press, a bagging machine and a packaging plant.

Through the project, the mill will increase its stockfeed small packaging, mineral mix, bulk production of all products, and its supply to market outlets. The company will also grow from six full time workers (or equivalent) to sixteen, through the expansion, by 2020.

“We’re very proud to be an Eyre Peninsula business using Eyre Peninsula’s premium grains to produce diverse, high quality stockfeed for our nation’s farmers,” Butterfields Farm Direct Stock Feeds chief executive Bill Butterfield said.

“This RDF grant means that we’ll be able to grow our business over the next couple of years, putting on more staff at the site and increasing our demand to local grain suppliers.”

“This business expansion will deliver significant benefits to the Eyre Peninsula,” South Australian regional development minister Geoff Brock added.

“This RDF grant will allow Butterfields’ a five-fold expansion of their stockfeed production, growing not only their own business, but creating flow on benefits in the region to suppliers and distributors. The business’ state of the art mill produces a diverse range of premium feed products sold across Australia, and is a great example of a small business delivering big results.”

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