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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE tETHSIIIDGE HERALD TuMefoy, July II, Feed milk a fifai parJ of south agribusiness By niC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The animal feed processing Industry in Southern Alljerla is rapidly gaining in importance as the need for meal products in Canada increases with popu- lation growth. Several major feed null com- panies, backed by ersificd Industrial companies, control a great portion of the industry. Btrf it is the smaller feed located in niral southern Al- berta, serving Lhe needs of the average randier and farmer, which is Lfie heart of Die total picture. Macleod Feed Mill Ltd.. lo- cated adjacent to elevator row In Fort MacJend, is a prime ex- nple of a decentralized faci- lity filling Lhe needs of local ani- mal John Van Sluys offers tmimal medication supplier Tlte operation, which specializes in Sluir (Iain prod- ucts, was stalled in Fort Mac- leod about five years ago, re- placing an antiquated mill. In a nutshell, the mill buys grain, processes it and offei-s for sale a complete feed ration mixed to the individual needs of Ihe John Van Sluys. manager and operator of Hie mill, said when a customer first comes for feed, the type of slock to fed is determined. If he Isn't sure of the feed needed, the op- erator can check with research done to determine the right ra- tion for breeding stock, fatten- ing catlle or summer pastured animals. The feed mill has two options for I he customer. Mr. Van Sluys can use the basic grain from the storage capacity and haul the finished ration to the farmer or he can use grain brought to the mill by the customer. In any event, the feed base (barley is the prime grain used in feed for animals) is dumped into the pit and then raised by conveyor to the bin for entry to the crushing machine. Here the grain kernels are cracked open, exposing the energy and feed value of the grain. Without this process, the animal wouldn't be able to di- gesl the rat'on as well and wouldn't derive the lotal food value from it Another elevator syst e m raises the cracked kernels into a mixing machine. The other grain ingredients, wheat and on Is, lire added along with sup- plements .such as protein, min- eral and vitamin and animal medication, if called for. The mixer operates simply. The grain is a tigered up a cen- tral pine and then spilled over side and hack down lo Hie btviiom of the larte outside L'ink This is regaled urlil ihe ration i.s mixed in the pi'O'KT amount. Thp then down hi'ViV Moor sin uice IhrouuJi ;isi fluito to a cup con- veyer sy.siom which lakes il to ii.p lop of the (iO-foot mill. ApolhLT chute system lakes IK- fit1 ration lo nne of eji'hi do'ivory bins (o a wail l.nirking facilities l-> IKIP] it lo the cuslomer. The mrhing niaeliine i ciipnciiy of "fXt luishets hour and the rnixc-r c-nn handle one ton of ration at time. Hog Feed is started different- ly, with d chopping machine in place of the crushing machine The chopping machine works like a hammer in that hammer blades rotate rapidly, actually driving the grain through a .screen will) appropriate sized holes. The size of ttie screen holes determine Hie texture of the ration. Once the chopped grain enters the mixing machine, the process is the same as for cat- lie feed. Tn most instances all the feed rations are processed on order only. The mill does keep some complete feed rations in the warehouse but .only hi bagged form. Bulk complete feed ra- tions are not kept. The mill handles all associat- ed products used in the feed industry, including a n i mat health medication require- ments. Mr. Van Sluys said the lic- ence held by the company limits Ihe type of medication. They can't sell any drugs that miisl bo handled by a veterinar- ian. Veterinarian tools, ear lags, wheal sprays, baler twine, steel grain bin.s. si eel building and garages, prepackaged horse and dog feed and larps for truck boxes are all .slocked for customers. For any given month, the feed mill will process rations using bushels of barley, 15.000 bushels of wheat and bushels of oaU. jr. ma hummer mill ;