FEEDMASTER, the leading local animal feed manufacturer in Namibia , is in the process to invest in extremely modern feed mill technology. This is to be able to serve Namibian livestock producers with advanced scientific and technologically advanced animal feeds. The investment came as a result of constant growth in the ruminant feed market sector and advances in local precision farming practises which requires the use of animal feeds to improve livestock production profitability.
The new Feedmaster ruminant feed mill will replace the current feed mill in the northern industrial area of Windhoek. The Feedmaster feed mill on the farm Okapuka for the production of monogastric animal feeds, came into production during November 2013. The construction of the latest technology Techmach designed ruminant feed mill commenced in January 2017 and will be commissioned during September 2017. The total investment amounts to N$31 million.
Feedmaster is part of the Namib Mills Investments Group of Companies. The NMI Group, comprising of a number of dynamic and diversified subsidiaries in the wheat and maize milling industry, pasta manufacturing, broiler production, animal feed and related manufacturing industries, have investments in Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Mauritius and South Africa.
The new Feedmaster ruminant feed mill is designed to produce twice as much as the current milling capacity and will be able to produce feeds at a rate of 20t per hour. The pellet mill capacity is designed to produce 10t per hour. Thus, the feed mill will be able to produce more than 400t ruminant feeds per day with an annual theoretical capacity of approximately 140 000 tons.
Energy efficient equipment with higher output and low electricity demand will be used to reduce the cost of production, as well as contribute to reduce the environmental impact of carbon emissions. The improved feed mill automation and system integration will result in less downtime between different product batches, and the total production process will be less labour dependent. The advanced process control system will benefit the constant mill output and consistent final product quality.
Bulk ingredient and raw material handling facilities will contribute to savings on packaging material and reduce raw material wastages. Automated batching, dosing and liquid addition with limited human handling of ingredients, reduces the risk of weighing errors and improve speed of production. Double phase incorporation of liquid molasses reduces the cross-contamination risk and cleaning of equipment.
The new feed mill design enables Feedmaster to produce a diversified range of specialised products, ranging from roughage, containing feeds for game to macro feed concentrates for the feedlot industry. The technical advanced and accurate batching and uniform mixing technology will result in precision feed formulations and superior animal performance.