Cooperative Farmers Elevator Feed Mill

VAA provided structural engineering and industrial architecture services for CFE’s new 780,000 tons/year feed mill, now one of the largest feed mills in the state.

Ocheyedan, IA


CFE needed an overhead conveyor to connect the new plant to their nearby grain elevator.


The structural engineers provided detailed design to confirm that proper support for the conveyor was in place. The architectural team performed life safety code analysis, defined occupancies, and reviewed means of egress to ensure optimal safety for the mill’s employees as well as compliance with applicable codes.

One of the largest feed mills in the state, the new facility more than triples the original mill’s capacity to 2,336 tons of finished feed per day. The plant features a 240 tons/hour batching line, a 165 tons/hour hammermill and rollermill grinding system, and a 70 tons/hour pelleting line to produce both mash and pelleted swine feed. At peak capacity, it can produce two-thirds of the co-op’s total daily feed production of 4,500 tons from nine locations.


  • Designed new plant capable of loading 125 trucks/day
  • Ensured optimal safety for employees while maintaining compliance with applicable codes
  • Plant includes 240 tons/hour batching hammermill
  • Tripled capacity to 2,336 ton of finished feed/day



  • Younglove Construction, LLC
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