JBS United And DeKalb Feeds Enter Joint Venture To Better Serve Midwest Livestock Producers

SHERIDAN, Ind., September 7, 2011 – JBS United and DeKalb Feeds have entered into a joint venture involving Dekalb’s Frytown, IA mill facility. The new venture is called Central Nutrition Services, LLC, (CNS). CNS will focus on manufacturing superior quality livestock feeds and nutritional supplements for both JBS United and DeKalb Feeds and their customers throughout the Midwest. This announcement was made today by Doug Webel, Chief Operating Officer of JBS United’s Nutrition and Emerging Technologies, and Kelly Keaschall, President of DeKalb Feeds, Inc.

DeKalb Feeds acquired the existing Frytown, IA mill facility in September, 1996, which included its trucks, employees, and field staff, as well as its customers. DeKalb closed its Onslow, IA mill at that time and transferred its production to the Frytown facility. However, even with this additional production, it has never been fully utilized. Thus, the formation of CNS is a creative and proactive solution for DeKalb to better utilize their capacity and for both companies (JBS United and DeKalb) to meet their customers’ needs more efficiently.

Webel stated, “By combining the production needs of both DeKalb and JBS United, this mill can be operated more efficiently and cost-effectively”, Keaschall added, “The Frytown facility also offers tremendous flexibility to produce a variety of feeds very economically, which will help us expand on the current list of customers we serve.” This facility also includes a very large warehouse space and a lot of office space, which will easily allow the company to grow and accommodate more production. The mill’s central location is also expected to allow JBS United to react to customer needs more effectively and efficiently.

Through the combined depth of knowledge in livestock production and producer services provided by JBS United and DeKalb Feeds, Central Nutrition Services will be able to supply more consistent, reliable and on-time feeding solutions for all species of commercial livestock animals.

As part of Central Nutrition Services’ commitment to excellent service and customer profitability, the company has voluntarily adopted the Safe Feed / Safe Food standard. Safe Feed / Safe Food certification is a nationally recognized quality standard created by the American Feed Industry Association which establishes comprehensive measures of excellence that go beyond existing regulations to maximize feed and food safety.

About JBS United

Since its founding in 1956, JBS United has been dedicated to providing research-based solutions to enhance animal nutrition and livestock production profitability. The company provides various products and services to dairy, swine, cattle, poultry and other animal producers worldwide. For more information, visit the JBS United website at

About DeKalb Feeds

DeKalb Feeds has been providing innovative feed products since 1948 to producers throughout the Illinois and Iowa region. With a foundation built on a commitment to customer service, the company has steadily grown over the years. The company is headquartered in Rock Falls, IL, where it also has a large production facility. For more information, visit the DeKalb Feeds website at