Pet Food Ingredient Handling and Storage – J-Six Enterprises
There are many stages along the pet food production chain when raw materials and pet food ingredients may need to be stored. As your full-service partner in the production process, Fairview Mills has solutions to every pet food ingredient storage problem you might have. We are meticulous to keep mindful of the best storage methods for each ingredient, most up to date regulations, and every safety precaution.
Traceability During Pet Food Ingredient Storage
Technical expertise during pet food ingredient storage is essential to the process of creating safe pet food products. Our facilities handle a diverse range of ingredients, and it’s critical that we are able to keep those ingredients free from contamination with anything that might hinder accurate product production. Without traceability, issues with the final product can lead to investigations by the Food Standards Agency. Due to a growing number of expensive recalls and quality complaints, companies and consumers alike are calling for increased traceability. J-Six Enterprises is happy to oblige!
There are a number of precautions to take with pet food ingredient storage. These include avoiding contamination of ingredients with foreign material, chemicals, or adulterated ingredients. We implement rigorous safety and quality control measures, including testing of raw ingredients. We have also invested in electronic supply chain and manufacturing traceability solutions to help you better manage these risks, such as grinding modules that keep track of all production lot numbers, in both the pre-grind and post-grind stages.
Storage Of Raw Pet Food Ingredients
Fairview Mills deals, in the most part, with dry pet food ingredient storage. However, there are many raw pet food ingredients, such as meats, that may need stored. There is a special microbiological risk associated with storing raw pet food ingredients of this type. To deter and eliminate this risk, uncooked meat ingredients are stored in frozen bays. Meat can be defrosted slowly in a chilled zone prior to blending and shredding. However, if the machinery is strong enough, it can also be shredded in its frozen state.
Storage Of Dry Pet Food Ingredients
Most of the pet food ingredients stored in our storage facilities at Fairview Mills are plant or animal co-products, vitamins, minerals, and preservatives. Each of these ingredients are approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and we must follow specific standards and regulations when it comes to storing them.
There are many ways to store bulk pet food ingredients, and Fairview Mills, a division of J-Six Enterprises, can offer a wide range. However you choose to store your bulk ingredients, one of the first steps is running our full panel of analytics. We measure nutrients, moisture level, and many other metrics right before storing your ingredients. When it comes time to move those ingredients on their way, we’ll run them through our panel again. We guarantee that your pet food ingredients will still be in top-notch condition.
Pet Food Ingredient Storage In Warehouses
Fairview Mills has a veritable army of warehouses devoted solely to storing bulk pet food ingredients. We can store your ingredients in large super sacks, or in stacked pallets of smaller capacity bags. However, if you’d rather wait on bagging, we’re happy to store your bulk ingredients in one of our concrete open storage bins or flat storage bays. These open storage facilities are located in Hiawatha, KS. We will regularly sift and aerate your open ingredients, so that the product at the bottom of the bin does not deteriorate over time and under pressure.
Pet Food Ingredient Storage In Silos
In addition to our warehouses, Fairview Mills also can store your bulk pet food ingredients in silos. We utilize various silo technologies to measure the accuracy of each item in each silo. This is a great choice for ingredients of a considerable quantity, and for ingredients where dust regulation and moisture control are particularly important. Silo storage is limited.
Pet Food Ingredient Storage In Freezers
One of the most optimal ways to store pet food ingredients is in commercial freezers. This method significantly extends the shelf life of the individual ingredients. It’s a particularly effective pet food ingredient storage method for meats and plant products that have a high lipid content.
Do You Need Pet Food Ingredient Storage?
There are multiple reasons why a pet food producer or pet food ingredient supplier may need to utilize a bulk storage service. Fairview Mills, a division of J-Six Enterprises, will find a solution to any of your bulk storage needs, whether you’re in a one-time bind or need a long-term partner.
Storage For Shipping Delays
There are many moving parts to getting pet food ingredients milled, blended, pelleted, bagged, sorted, and sent off to your customer. It’s not uncommon for some of those steps to take place in different locations. This necessitates transferring ingredients, in whatever form, from one location to another. With this many moving pieces to the production chain, it sometimes happens that a breakdown occurs. We have the facilities and equipment necessary to unload and store your bulk pet food ingredients until the next stage of your production chain is ready.
Storage For Plant Delays
Just as there can be breakdowns on the shipping side of the animal food production chain, there can also be snags within the production plants themselves. Equipment malfunctions are sometimes time-consuming to repair. Plants shut down for any number of health and safety reasons. Natural disasters or fires happen. We have the facilities and equipment necessary to unload and store your bulk pet food ingredients until your plant or equipment are back up and running.
Storage For Production Structure
We can not only handle your short-term pet food ingredient storage needs, but can also provide bulk storage facilities on a regular basis. If you don’t have the infrastructure to produce, store, and ship your quality animal food and pet food ingredients, we can fill that role. You remain in the driver’s seat of your company, but utilize our resources to get your product manufactured and delivered to your customers. We don’t just offer this service for companies that hit a snag, but we can come alongside you and become part of your production chain.
J-Six Enterprises – A Full Circle Agricultural Company
Fairview Mills is proud to be one of many divisions of J-Six Enterprises. In choosing Fairview Mills for your pet food ingredient storage needs, you have easy access to our wide range of services. This helps you get from raw material to finished product without having to deal with multiple companies along the way! In addition to pet food ingredient storage, J-Six Enterprises will also:
- Grind and blend ingredients according to your specifications
- Handle your pet food ingredient bagging needs
- Transport your products directly to your consumer, be that farmer or store
- Transload your pet food ingredients from railcar to truck, and back again
- Extrude pet food and pet treats as a contract manufacturer
- Create dust-free pellets or crumbles in our pelleting facility
- Mill corn into a grit suitable for both human and animal consumption
Fairview Mills’ pet food ingredient storage services are a division of J-Six Enterprises. J-Six Enterprises is a full circle agriculture company. We care about the land that we farm, the livestock we raise, and the soil in which we plant the seed. Crops that we grow feed our livestock. The livestock we raise produce quality products for both people and their animals. The nutrients from the livestock then fertilize the land – that helps raise the crops – that feeds the livestock – that feeds people and their pets. And the full circle continues.
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