At the heart of tables across Australia – building Ingham’s state-of-the-art feed mill

What goes into producing the delicious roast chicken at the heart of dinner tables across the nation?

It fries down to an impressive facility that produces 12,000 tonnes of chicken pellets each week to cover South Australia’s feed requirements and service the state’s main hatchery.

This is what the team at Ahrens Design & Construct delivered, proudly creating a landmark multi-million dollar facility for Ingham’s – Australia’s largest integrated poultry producer.

In a move by the poultry giant to meet the nation’s growing demand for Australian-produced chicken, Ingham’s chose Ahrens to build their hi-tech feed mill at agricultural hub, Murray Bridge in South Australia.

As a national full-service construction, engineering, mining and rural infrastructure solutions company, Ahrens were the perfect fit to deliver this complete project.

Their broad in-house capabilities and experience, from design, steel fabrication and procurement through to construction and project delivery, ensured consistency and the maintenance of high standards across the duration of the project.

Scope of works were extensive and complex for this project, consisting of multiple silos of varying sizes, associated structural steel, steel support structures, tower building, warehouse, materials handling equipment and all associated mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and controls services.

Ahrens designed and manufactured all 45 silos required for the facility at their Sheaoak Log factory in South Australia, to suit Australian standards.

This included eight grain silos, 16 meal silos and 21 pellet silos for the storage of various raw materials and grains used for making the many different variations of chicken pellets.

Ahrens also integrated, installed and performance tested all specialised machinery and major equipment that made the journey from overseas.

Having originally produced 500 tonnes of pellets on a weekly basis, the new facility increased operational capabilities to produce a massive 12,000 tonnes each week, and is open around-the-clock.

The project continues an excellent relationship between the two 100-years-plus Australian companies with Ahrens’ wide-reaching footprint seeing them previously complete projects for Ingham’s in Australia and New Zealand.

Ingham’s Executive General Manager Commercial & Trading Graeme Dillon said the facility was ‘fantastic’ and he was more than happy with how Ahrens performed and delivered on this milestone project.

The end result is a perfectly hatched facility that will feed the tables of Australians for years to come.