Cargill Animal Nutrition

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Cargill Animal Nutrition is a subsidy of the agribusiness corporation Cargill. It sells animal feed to the beef, dairy, pork, poultry, and aquaculture industries under the brands ACCO Feeds, Agway, Nutrena, and Sportsman's Choice.[1]

Each brand sells products for the following species:

  • ACCO Feeds: horses, cattle, pigs, poultry, goats, sheep, and rabbits
  • Agway: horses, poultry, rabbits, pigs, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, pets, wildlife, beef cattle, dairy cattle, and milk replacers.
  • Nutrena: horses, dogs, cats, poultry, dairy cattle, beef cattle, pigs, rabbits, lamb, sheep, and goats
  • Sportsman's Choice: Big game (deer, elk), game birds (quail, etc), and fish (bass, catfish, etc)

History and Acquisitions

Cargill, founded in 1865 by William W. "Will" Cargill, first began selling animal feed in LaCrosse, WI in 1884.[2]

"In the mid-1930s, John MacMillan, Jr. started selling manufactured feed under the Cargill name when he opened a new facility in Conrad, Montana. In 1939, a new feed mill was included in an upgrade of Cargill's Lennox, South Dakota grain elevator. That new feed plant, along with seven other facilities built over the next several years and the Conrad, Montana business, all started selling a new line of feed products called "Blue Square Feed."
"In March 1941, Cargill purchased a facility just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and began marketing "Cargill Feeds" and "Du-All Feeds." At that time, there were two distinct groups within Cargill marketing feeds. In some areas, they were in direct competition with each other, a scenario that would be repeated several more times in Cargill's history as they built brands designed to serve diverse groups of customers."[2]

In 1945, Cargill, Inc. acquired Nutrena Mills, Incorporated, "a company that had been in business since 1920 and, at that time, had the capacity to produce a total of 23,000 tons of feed per month in its three feed mills."[2] Since then, Cargill Animal Nutrition has continued growing with acquisitions as follows:

  • 1946: J. A. Pittman Grain Company of Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1947: Cargill Feed Division and Nutrena Mills, Inc. are consolidated.
  • 1947: Canned dog food plant in Fort Worth, Texas (subsequently sold in 1949).
  • 1948: Blue Square Feed and Nutrena Mills feeds are merged into one product line: Cargill Feeds.
  • 1951: A warehouse in East Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • 1951: Royal Feed and Milling Company (with mills in Memphis, Tennessee and Meridian, Mississippi).
  • 1952: F. R. Miller Feed Mills, Inc. (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • 1955: Fairmont Foods plant in Giddings, Texas
  • 1961: Five-state feed business of A.E. Staley Mfg. Co.
  • 1961: X-Cell Feeds (Tampa, Alabama)
  • 1962: Merging of Nutrena and Cargill corporate structures begins
  • 1962: Tampa, Florida plant of General Mills, Inc.
  • 1963: Fort Worth, Texas plant of General Mills, Inc.
  • 1963: Cargill joins with a group of Argentine farmers and businessmen to organize a feed manufacturing company in Saladillo, Argentina
  • 1963: Victor Feeds unit of Lauhoff Grain Co.'s Crete Mills, Nebraska
  • 1964: Cargill joins a three-way venture in Europe with Tradax International (Geneva, Switzerland) and Karel Hens (Antwerp, Belgium)
  • 1964: Cargill assumes the lease held by the Pillsbury Company on a mill in Lone Rock, Wisconsin
  • 1964: Cargill enters Latin American animal nutrition business via a partnership with Aliansa (in El Salvador), owner of Alimentos di Animales. S.A.
  • 1964: Two feed mills from Pillsbury in Clinton and Centerville, Iowa
  • 1966: Smithton Feed & Grain, Missouri
  • 1967: Quaker Oats mill in Sioux City, Iowa and 33 retail outlets in Iowa and S. Dakota
  • 1968: Farmers Grain and Feed Co., Rowan, Iowa
  • 1969: Cresco Pellets, Inc., Cresco, Iowa
  • 1969: Hales and Hunter Co. (Pioneer Feed)
  • 1969: Cargill partners with Taiwan Sugar in Cargill-Taiwan Corp.
  • 1969: Joint venture formed with Bilskie Farm Supply to operate a mill in Vincennes, Indiana
  • 1972: Hancock Pellets, Carthage, Illinois
  • 1973: Ritemix Milling Co. purchased from W.E.W. Company, McCook, Nebraska
  • 1973: Corno Feed Division mills in Illinois and Missouri purchased from National Oats Co.
  • 1976: Belgrade Superior Feed Co., Belgrade, Minnesota
  • 1976: Agri-Pride Pellet Service (Illinois)
  • 1977: Feed supplement plant in Garden City, Kansas
  • 1978: Neese & Sons, Inc., premix plant in Ankeny, Iowa
  • 1980: Critic Feeds, Beardstown, Illinois
  • 1980: Young's, Inc., Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania
  • 1981: Farmers Supply Company, Walkersville, Maryland
  • 1981: Stockton Hay and Grain Co., Stockton, California
  • 1983: Feed mill of Morrill Elevator, Inc., Morrill, Nebraska
  • 1983: Feed mill of Kinsley Cooperative Exchange, Kinsley, Kansas
  • 1984: Barber and Bennett, Inc., Albany, New York
  • 1985: John R. Jirdon Industries, Nebraska
  • 1985: Beacon Milling Company, Cayuga, New York
  • 1986: Fuzzy's Feeds, Inc., Alabama
  • 1987: ACCO Feeds from the Quaker Oats Company
  • 1988: Central Soya feed mill in Wilson, N.C.
  • 1989: Arkona Feed Mills, Limited, Arkona, Ontario, Canada
  • 1989: Hansen & Peterson, Burlington, Wash.
  • 1990: Alexander, New York, feed mill of Wayne Feeds, a division of Continental Grain Company
  • 1991: Pillsbury feed mill in Ogden, Utah
  • 1991: Iowa and Colorado-based feed operations of W.R. Grace & Co.
  • 1992: Sierpc, Poland
  • 1992: Lecompte, Louisiana feed mill of SF Services, Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1993: Feed Mill in Mineola, Texas, From East Texas Feeds, Inc.
  • 1997: Franklin, Connecticut, feed mill of K & L Feed Mill Corp.
  • 1997: Garver Feed and Supply, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2000: Rupert, Idaho, feed mill of Koch Industries of Wichita, Kansas
  • 2001: Agribrands, a spin-off of Ralston Purina
  • 2002: Provimi Kliba (Switzerland)
  • 2003: Ferndale Grain (Ferndale, Washington)
  • 2003: Simon Newman (Turlock, California)
  • 2004: Burris Mill & Feed, Inc. (Franklinton, Louisiana)
  • 2004: Agway Feed & Nutrition

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Articles & sources

SourceWatch articles


  1. Branded Products, Accessed September 24, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 History, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Accessed September 24, 2011.

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