Ingham’s, Australia and New Zealand’s largest integrated poultry producer, saw strong growth in profit and earnings in the first half of FY21, and set to continue in the coming months.
Contributing to this ongoing success is operational efficiency of their feed mill located in Murray Bridge, a multi-million dollar facility that chews through grain at a rate of more than 400,000 tonnes per annum.
Ahrens are proud to have been the design and construction partner for the landmark facility, in a move by the poultry giant to meet the nation’s growing demand for Australian-produced chicken.
Ingham’s chose national full-service construction, engineering, mining and rural infrastructure solutions company, Ahrens, to build their hi-tech feed mill at agricultural hub, Murray Bridge in South Australia and they proved to be the perfect fit to deliver the 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.
To find out how Ahrens can add value to your next Food & Beverage facility project, visit www.ahrens.com.au/fblp.