GLEN ULLIN, North Dakota — Feed production will soon begin at the Glen Ullin facility.
All Day Trucking in Jamestown, North Dakota, purchased a feed mill that Dakotaland Feeds closed a few months ago. Dakotaland once produced feed but has sold commercial feed for the past few years.
The Mill plans to custom blend pellet feed for livestock including cattle, bison and sheep, and is already blending bulk feed.
Ethan Kaml, a former employee of Dakotaland Feeds, is managing The Mill. Originally from Roseau, Minnesota, Kaml was a construction general contractor and entered the feed business after marrying Beth Glasser, whose family raised Black Angus cattle on a ranch near Glen Ullin. Kaml learned feed manufacturing, trucking and sales in his previous job.
“I really love this industry,” he said.
All Day Trucking was started in Jamestown in 2013 with a truck by Ben and Darcy Mickelson, who purchased the Glen Ulling feed mill as it was ideal for the trucking business’s agricultural by-product transport.
All Day Trucking transports by-products, including potato waste, north to the Canadian border, south to southern South Dakota, and east to west from St. Louis. Crowder, Minnesota, to Billings, Montana, said Ben Mickelson.
Initially, trucking companies shipped a variety of products until Mickelson found his niche in shipping commodity by-products. He started focusing on by-products when he discovered that customers were substituting them with commodity by-products that were cheaper than what they were asking for but had similar nutritional value.
“After that it escalated quickly,” Mickelson said. After the ethanol plant started operating near Spiritwood, North Dakota, the Mickelsons purchased a live-bottom trailer to haul wet feed.
The Mill is perfect for an All Day Trucking business.
“We already have trucks and byproducts. That’s going to be key for us,” he said.
The Mill is partnering with Famo Feeds, an animal feed company based in Freeport, Minnesota, that will formulate its rations.
“That’s a big part of being with Famo. They’re a great kit,” Mickelson said. Famo will also supply The Mill with the minerals needed for the feed mix.
The mill’s rations will use a variety of commodity by-products in the feed, including wheat middle grain, soybean hull pellets and distillers grains, which will also contain grain and row crops grown by Morton County farmers.
“Our niche will be many different varieties of oxcake pellets and calf pellets,” Kaml said. The Mill plans to start producing pellets within the next few weeks. The company has the capacity to produce 25 to 30 tons of pellet feed per day and aims to increase production.
These feed products can be packaged in totes, 50 lb bags, or in bulk for nationwide shipment.
The majority of The Mill’s customers will be ranchers within a 100 mile radius of Glen Ullin. The closest feed mill to the town is 60 miles away, so the business will meet the needs of area ranchers, Kaml said.
“We’re right in the middle,” he said.
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