Thomas Bracewell acquired Plocks Farm over 50 years ago when it was a mixed arable and livestock farm.
GA Pet Food Partners (GA) started out as Golden Acres in 1992. Roger Bracewell was farming and practising as a Land Agent with his father Tom. In the sheep shed at Plocks Farm, the then Farm Manager, John Blackett, took some of the wheat that GA was growing on the 2,500-acre farm, and poured it into a small extruder driven off a tractor’s PTO shaft and out came a ‘meal’. GA was able to sell the meal for more than the wheat, which is how it all began!
In 1995, GA added a Wenger Inc. wet extruder, and moved part of the then recently closed BOCM Midge Hall Mill, with farm labour, to provide the milling and mixing machinery needed to produce the dry raw ingredients.
Shortly after, in 1998, GA added a Wenger TX144 Twin Screw extruder, further cementing the long-term partnership with Wenger Inc.
The Company installed a completely new mill, with a Wenger 185 Optima Single Screw. The dried products were packed by automated Cetec 400 and 700 packing lines.
GA’s continuous investment in the business had proven to be a tremendous success. In 2000, GA manufactured 500 different types of extruded pet food, catering for a range of dogs and cats to small animals, which was sold to 350 different partners.