Going Whole Hog: One of Iowa’s largest feed mills is constructed to support the region’s growing pork industry

The state of Iowa is the reigning champ when it comes to pork production, clocking in an inventory of 22.6 million hogs and pigs in 2018. There’s no sign of it slowing down either, as new pork processing facilities continue to come into the northern part of the state, like the Seaboard Triumph Farms plant in Sioux City, IA.  

To meet the region’s growing needs, Cooperative Farmer’s Elevator (CFE) recently built a state-of-the-art feed mill in Ocheyedan, IA — about 20 miles south of the Minnesota border. The original Ocheyedan mill was built in 1956 and produced 900 tons of feed/day at peak production levels. As Steve Petersen, CFE’s vice president of feed, put it, the aging mill wasn’t going to cut it. 

Read more about CFE's new feed mill here.