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Poultry feed mill hauls in high priced wheat

by 5m Editor
26 September 2005, at 12:00a.m.

UK - Farmers on the Dorset-Somerset border are getting higher grain prices after the opening of a multi-million pound poultry feed mill by egg producer Paul Crocker. Mr Crocker&#39;s birds lay a quarter of a million eggs a day - 1.5% of UK consumption - and his plant will process 20,000t of locally grown wheat in its first year. Of this, 60% will be fed straight to his chickens with the rest sold to other poultry farmers. &quot;We have made pledges to our farmers to pay the Farmers Weekly feed wheat price plus 4/t for the next three years, and not to charge any weighbridge fees. We are almost having to turn people away, because it is more than they will get elsewhere,&quot; said Mr Crocker. Despite the 2m cost of the computerised mill, 10% of which was grant funded, Mr Crocker reckoned he would soon be saving money. <i>Source: FWi</i>

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