Egg and Poultry Specialists
The poultry team at Crediton Milling support producers with the best advice in order to get the most out of their flock. We are specialists in the free-range layer market but also supply bespoke rations for a range of poultry species – chicken, duck, quail, turkey and free-range broilers.
We supply the best quality raw materials possible, thus supporting optimum efficiency and performance on farm. All our rations are adaptable to suit several free-range production systems; multi-tier, flat deck, mobiles, and alternative systems such as colony cage and barn. We make all our feed according to customer requirements.
Every bird is different, so it is imperative to treat every farm separately and adjust feed according to bird weight, egg size, production, and other measurable targets. We are always looking at ways to improve and with our broad knowledge of the industry we can easily adapt to the ever-changing poultry market to support performance and efficiency.
Crediton Milling is able to source a range of Organic diets according to your requirements.
Similar to our conventional feed, this also comes with an on farm service to help maximise the profitability and performance of your farm.
Also included in our range of bespoke diets is feed for pullets.
Our high-quality crumbs and pellets are designed to help birds get off to the best start. Rearing is vital to a good performing laying flock, so it is essential that pullets are fed on the best quality feed.
Chicks will be weighed by the team at CMC every week to ten days to ensure that birds are fed on the correct ration according to body weight.
Again, a whole farm and industry approach to farm management is used at this stage in the process. We like to involve the rest of the industry, where necessary, to ensure the best performance is achieved.
This will include working alongside breed representatives and vets.
State of the art mill
Our state of the art mill is based in Crediton in heart the Devon. The facility which has been recently rebuilt is currently the most modern animal feed production facility in the UK. This enables high output levels, combined with quality production. We can produce rolls, nuts, pellets, meal and blends.
We understand that you as a customer have different requirements for your feeds. We are in the very fortunate position that we can manufacture any diet for any customer within reason. The way our mill has been built ensures that we are able to produce feed for both small businesses and larger multi unit sites. All our feeds are fixed formulation and have been since 1964.
There has been the mill on the site at Crediton since the 1700s. In 1964 Crediton Milling Company was founded to supply animal feed to local farmers. Since then it has continued to grow under the stewardship of the Gulley family, with the 4th generation now working in the mill. The founding principles which still apply today are:
- Better rations
- More value for money
- A higher degree of service
Modern delivery fleet
Getting your feed on farm, on time, whatever the weather is imperative. We have a large modern fleet which combines many lorry sizes to ensure that we can meet your requirements. With 3T minimum drop sizes on bulk feeds we can provide you with the service you need. We also deliver bags via our smaller curtain side lorries and trucks.
Egg and Bird Management
It is imperative to keep a close eye on egg size. Once birds come in to lay, the team at Crediton Milling will weigh eggs on farm on a regular basis. This is key to making sure birds are fed on the correct ration; eggs are required to reach a certain weight but changing rations according to egg size prevents this from getting out of control.
Generally, gradings that come back from the packers are delayed by a couple of weeks, therefore, it is important to keep ahead of the game!
The Egg Focus Service that we provide, helps us work with our producers to agree on the correct ration for your birds. This service involves weekly updates with our producers to determine egg size and production.
This information is then plotted on a graph, against breed targets, and sent back to the producer. As a result, this keeps the dialog flowing between the CMC team and our customers, ultimately coming to a mutual agreement on ration changes. On the right is an example of a graph produced for a customer:
Our CracklessEgg also helps determine where hairline cracks might be occurring as a result of issues in the system. This technology involves placing a replica egg in the nest box and following it through the entire system until it is packed on a tray and stacked.
The CracklessEgg sends a Bluetooth signal to a tablet which shows a real-time line graph, thus illustrating where cracks will be occurring. This technology has revolutionised reducing seconds on farm, thus saving the farmer potentially thousands of pounds in downgrades. On the left is an example of a chart produced on farm. Anything in the red zone is where an egg would crack.
Similar to keeping on top of egg size, it is also essential to manage bird weight.
Harriet, Will and Russell are on hand to help during pullet unloads. These birds will be weighed as they come on to farm to check weight and evenness.
Birds will then continue to be weighed every week to ten days, up until the birds are roughly 25 weeks. Birds will be fed accord to their body weight, so this is a very important part of the process. Egg and bird size are directly correlated.
Whole Farm Management
The team at CMC are dedicated to the success of your farm and business.
With extensive knowledge of the poultry industry we want to support your farm through all ways possible. We suggest that pullets are visited at 6 weeks and 15 weeks old.
This is a very important part of the process and worth keeping a close eye on. We are therefore happy to visit pullets with our customers or go on your behalf.
Our poultry specialists will then be on hand to assist with pullet unloads and the careful management of bird and egg size throughout the flock. During each visit we are happy to advise on lighting and feeding times.
These must coincide with hen weights and to ensure correct egg size through to the end of the flock. The management of good water and air quality is also key to a successful flock and during routine visits we can help support you with any improvements that can be made. The mill is stocked with an array of different additives and products to suit your needs.
These range from products for gut health, to shell quality and to grit and oyster shell. Harriet has had previous experience in the additive market and is happy to advise on the best approach specific to each farms’ requirements. All the team at Crediton Milling work closely with the whole of the poultry industry.
We have close connections with vets, pullet rearers, breed representatives and packers. As a result, we can easily adapt to any changes in the market as we all work as a close knit team. We are always looking at ways to improve performance and efficiency through an ever-changing market – knowledge is king!