Historic Economy Mills – Watercolor. Courtesy of Lubbock’s own Tim Oliver Fine Art
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) September 22, 2016 – Organic feed is on the rise in the United States…and feed manufacturer based in Virginia has expanded their operation with their recent purchase of a feed mill in Lubbock, Texas, which will expand the company’s distribution into the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and of course Texas.
Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the organic feed industry and New Country Organics is their Chief Executive Officer Jim Campbell…
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE
New Country Organics Expands Feed Business to the Southwest, Reinforces Sustainability Mission by Refurbishing Historic Texas Feed Mill
Acquisition of brownfield site in heart of Texas cotton country to increase
accessibility to freshly-milled premium organic feed and livestock minerals
LUBBOCK, Texas – September 19, 2016 – New Country Organics, a leading producer of certified organic soy-free feed and livestock minerals in the eastern United States, today announced its acquisition of a nearly century-old Lubbock, Texas feed mill and facility, in order to expand the accessibility of its freshly-milled certified organic products throughout Texas and the southwest United States. The mill was formerly used to process conventional feed products, and is currently being cleaned and serviced to make it ready for organic production. Beginning in early October, the facility will serve as the company’s Southwest distribution hub, and production of certified organic feed will begin as soon as possible.
Located in the heart of West Texas’ agrarian-based economy, development of the Lubbock facility is an important step in New Country Organics’ plan to provide premium organic feeds to its customers nationwide. The new location will provide freshly-milled certified organic, soy-free feed to Texas, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and California.
New Country Organics is already onboarding resellers and new customers in Texas and in surrounding states, and is accepting pre-orders. New Country Organics product line includes organic feeds for chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, swine, sheep, calves, cattle, dairy cattle, horses, rabbits and alpacas, as well as animal health and soil supplements.
“Restoring the Lubbock mill is ultimately about getting closer to our growing customer base and supporting the organic community throughout the Southwest,” said New Country Organics CEO Jim Campbell. “We’re extremely proud to be part of this community and to serve the needs of our customers with organic products and a brand they’ve come to trust.”
New Country Organics expansion plans and use of the mill will occur in two phases:
Phase 1: Initial preparation of the facility to serve as a distribution hub is expected to be completed in early October. This involves cleaning, repairs and facility updates to allow for immediate regional distribution of product arriving by truckload from New Country Organics’ certified organic mill in Virginia.
Phase 2: Completion of the mill as an organic certified and operational feed processor will occur as soon as extensive reconditioning of the mill, deep organic cleaning and repairs occur. Target production is Q1, 2017. Once completed, freshly-milled feeds – sourced with grain from local and regional organic farms whenever possible – will be available for purchase and shipping throughout the region. New Country Organics uses only American and Canadian grains.
“We are dedicated to growing New Country Organics in a socially responsible way,” continued Campbell. “Restoring the Texas mill is both cost-effective and environmentally responsible. It’s been a great pleasure to work with the former mill owners, Claude and Gerry Tatum, and the Lubbock community has been very welcoming.”
More information, photos, video and updates can be found at http://www.newcountryorganics.com/lubbock.
About New Country Organics:
Founded in 1998, New Country Organics began as a small organic feed producer serving farmers in Virginia’s Shenandoah valley. The company is committed to providing certified organic, soy-free feeds and organic livestock minerals and to educating consumers on the use and importance of organics. As a community-driven manufacturer with a mission to improve the health of soil, animals and people, New Country Organics purchases products from only North American certified organic farmers and suppliers. Its products are offered directly to the consumer or through regional resellers and retailers throughout the eastern and the southwestern United States. Learn more at http://www.newcountryorganics.com.