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Bidco Land O’Lakes opens animal feed plant in Kenya

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Fully automated feed manufacturing plant set to produce more than 28 mt of nutrition products per hour.

Bidco Land O’Lakes officially opened its new state-of-the-art animal feed plant in Nakuru, Kenya, on Dec. 4.

Land O’Lakes Inc., one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives and a leader in global animal nutrition, and Bidco Africa, one of East Africa’s leading consumer product companies, have invested an estimated $12 million into the plant, the announcement said. The animal feed business aims to produce more than 28 metric tons of animal nutrition products per hour.

The fully automated plant helps to ensure quality and accuracy in production and reduce the chance of human error. The world-class capabilities will offer Kenyan farmers products designed to help them deliver on quality and performance.

“We are excited and proud to open this facility -- a strategic move to invest in the East Africa region. In offering our products and services, we will be able to help Kenyan farmers with the latest tools and technology to help advance their livelihoods,” Land O'Lakes executive vice president Dave Hoogmoed said. “Animal food production is rapidly moving forward in Kenya, and the Bidco Land O’Lakes team is focused and excited to be working with farmers. They are leveraging our company’s experience, knowledge and technology to help farmers optimize production and focus on return on investment.”

In addition to the Bidco Feeds brand, the plant has added new Land O’Lakes Advanced Nutrition products to target progressive livestock producers whose focus is high performance and productivity from their animals, the announcement said. Bidco Land O’Lakes plans to introduce four new products: Pro Calf Starter, Pro Heifer Developer, Pig Starter 4-4-4 and Pro Calf Milk Replacer; other products will follow soon.

Processing at the plant will follow rigorous standards, including testing ingredients for quality and testing for the right mix of nutritional elements (for example, percent of protein, amino acids, etc.). These products are specially formulated to help provide livestock animals with the right nutrition to optimize production — i.e., more eggs, optimal egg quality, milk production and growth.

Bidco Land O’Lakes is a joint venture launched in 2016 between Bidco Africa and Land O’Lakes Inc. The joint venture aims to demonstrate its expertise by formulating performance diets that provide value in the Kenyan market.

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