North West Terminals, located in Unity, Sask., is shipping in feed for drought-stricken livestock producers in west-central Saskatchewan and beyond.
Right now terminal staff are focusing on corn, which they’re bringing in from the U.S., says Nicole Squires, feed grains and pulse merchandisers with the terminal. "But we are working on finding some barley, rye, feed wheat. It has been harder to find so we're focusing more on corn."
North West Terminals has been operating since 1996. Along with shipping grain, the facility also produces alcohol for fuel, potable and industrial markets. The terminal is hooked into both Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railway.
Squires says they’re still working out the details on programs and pricing for the corn, but they want to provide a feed source producers can rely on. “We need it for our ethanol plant, and we also are aware that we have the opportunity to bring it in and help out producers around here who don't have a place to dump a train.”
The terminal also sells dried distillers’ grains (DDGs). Squires says their DDGs are in high demand, with quite a few contracts booked a year in advance. However, she can book spot loads here and there, she adds.
For more information, producers can contact Squires or other terminal staff at (306) 228-3735.
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