Better north-south axis: Farmers between northern Hesse and the Dümmer region are to be supplied with compound feed more quickly in the future thanks to the new cooperation between the cooperatives, the RTG.
Cooperatives want to make the transport of feed more efficient. They are founding a new cooperative company for regional feed logistics. RTG Minden will start in December.
Agravis Mischfutter Ostwestfalen-Lippe GmbH, Agravis Westfalen-Hessen GmbH, both group companies of Agravis Raiffeisen AG, as well as Raiffeisen Lippe-Weser AG and Raiffeisen Lübbecker Land AG have founded a joint forwarding company for the transport of compound feed. It is scheduled to start operations on December 1, 2021, Agravis announced. The aim is to supply farmers in a wide strip between northern Hesse in the south and the Dümmer region in the north with compound feed as quickly and as efficiently as possible, it says. Each of the founding companies mentioned holds a quarter of the shares in the new operating company Raiffeisen Transport Gesellschaft Minden GmbH (RTG).
Open to further partners
Joining the new company is expressly open to other cooperative partners. "This would further increase the performance of the joint feed transport for the benefit of customers," explained the two managing directors of RTG Minden, Siegbert Jäger and Thomas König.
Efficient route logistics, optimized routing of the vehicles used, professional fleet management with a high level of cost-effectiveness, larger and more reliable volumes of feed production, and better absorption of order fluctuations were the driving force behind the initiators' decision to jointly operate feed transport in the future. "The cooperation will lead to further cost optimization so that we can serve our clientele efficiently and effectively," says Gustav Große-Gödinghaus, Managing Director of Agravis Mischfutter Ostwestfalen-Lippe GmbH together with Torsten Vollweiter. "We expect this to improve capacity utilization so that we can supply customers with feed cost-effectively," explains Karl-Heinz Eikenhorst, CEO of Raiffeisen Lübbecker Land AG.
For Raiffeisen Lippe-Weser AG, too, the focus is on supplying customers in a timely manner. "To achieve this, closely coordinated scheduling between the compound feed mill and the truck fleet is a fundamental prerequisite," adds Siegbert Jäger, member of the board of Raiffeisen Lippe-Weser AG. And for Stefan Pielsticker, Managing Director of Agravis Westfalen-Hessen GmbH, it is clear that against the background of structural change in agriculture and agricultural trade, lean structures and efficient processes are indispensable in order to be future-proof and competitive.
Approval expected shortly
In addition to delivering compound feed to farms, the truck fleet will also transport raw materials and grain, the statement continues. The drivers would be taken on by the new company. Approval from the licensing authorities for the establishment of RTG Minden is expected shortly.
A joint cooperative forwarding company for feed transport has already existed in the Münsterland region for many years. "The experience we have had there since it was founded has been extremely positive," says Managing Director Thomas König.