Production Processes in Brief
    • Grain ingredients are received into storage bins from rail or from trucks.
    • Based on specific formulations, ingredients are then blended into a mash and required premixes, vitamins and medications are added.
    • Some mashes are final product, other mashes are pelleted.
    • Pellets can also be final product, but some are crumbled before completion.
    • Mash, pellet, and crumbled final products are transferred to load-out bins.
    • Feeds are either loaded onto feed trucks and delivered to customer farms or the product is bagged or toted and delivered by our crop/bag truck.
    What Makes Ritchie Smith Unique
    • Ritchie Smith was the first feed company in the Fraser Valley with two mills on one site, thus enabling the isolation of ruminant and non-ruminant bulk feeds.
    • Mill A focuses on the production of feed for dairy, hog, layer and other miscellaneous species. This mill contains no prohibited material (MBM). Over the past 39 years, many improvements have been made in mill A. The mill has grown in size and production capacity, equipment has been added and systems have been upgraded. In particular, the two pelleting lines are "state of the art", with liquid coating systems that precisely add liquid ingredients and allow the finished product to be uniformly blended with fats and oils. Our flaking systems are also exceptional; two separate machines with one dedicated to flaking barley and the other exclusively to flaking corn.
    • Mill B, our non-ruminant mill, was constructed in 1997 and produces broiler and turkey feed. Few employees are needed to operate this mill due to a very streamlined production process. Over the years, many improvements have been made with the key change made recently. In Summer 2008, RS installed an expander in mill B. The expander heats (in excess of 100ºC) and mixes ingredients into a cookie dough-like consistency in preparation for pelleting. Our experience to date demonstrates:

              - improved pellet quality
              - reduced biological hazards
              - reduction of E.coli, moulds, salmonella, etc
              - improved weight and feed conversion due to improved digestibility of feed ingredients.

    • If maintenance is necessary, our system is capable of temporarily bypassing the expander while continuing production.
    • In 2007-2008, both mills' process control systems were converted to Marcotte Systems Ltd, makers of customized industrial automation. This state of the art programming includes the following noteworthy attributes:
    • Traceability: Real-time, accurate records are provided that enable quick feed recalls if necessary.
    • Accuracy and Precision: The integration of Marcotte software with precise scales ensures mixing accuracy.
    • Formula Families: Automatic sequencing and flushing decreases the probability of contamination. This sequencing is possible because of a unique association between formula families.
    • 'Keep Full' System: Increases efficiency by automatically managing bin inventories and keeping them full.
    • Reliability: Operational break-downs are rare, however the location of the problem can quickly be determined.
    • Mill B Load-out - Automated process makes loading efficient and reduces error.
    • Truck Disinfection - Upon entry and departure from every farm, each truck's tires are sprayed by a disinfectant spray system and the driver steps in a foot bath to minimize the bio-security risk. Also, customers who pick up their own feed are required to disinfect their truck with an onsite, stationary disinfectant system.
    • Crop/Bag truck - Delivers feed and additives to customers who require bagged or toted product or specialty products.
    • Using Prosoft software, we have integrated our accounting, ordering, production and delivery systems, increased efficiency and reduced the chance of error.
    • The Texture Darily Line (LO3 System) is one of the premier systems in Canada. Just prior to loading, this fully automated system screens the product to remove fines and then blends the product, at which point molasses, oil and micro-ingredients are added.