Denis Welch’s family have lived in the Tuakau area for several generations. Denis’s grandfather was a Butcher in Tuakau. Growing up on the family farm, 14 year old Denis used to help out on his father’s poultry farm to produce eggs for sale. Eventually they branched into meat poultry producing 1.3M broilers per annum and then to producing poultry feeds for his own birds and for sale to other poultry farms. The firm was A & A Welch which was incorporated in 1954. They grew to employ 30 staff and are celebrating their 60th anniversary in business this year.
Eventually his wife Christine joined Denis in the business to keep the books and in 1989 they bought the Bollard Rd site pictured above from Wrightsons. Back then it had 6,000 tonnes of silo storage and an old 3 tonne/hr grain dryer.
It wasn’t long before the enterprising Denis bought some second hand silos from the Hawkes bay, dismantled them bolt by bolt (1 million of them) and transported and installed them on the Bollard Road site. Kiwi ingenuity gone mad! Two more silos from Spain were added making a total of almost 22,000 tonnes of silo storage capacity with potential for an additional 10,000T of grain storage in their two flat storage bulk sheds. It is rumoured to be the largest grain storage and drying facility in the country and is still privately owned.
A grain mill which Denis owned but wasn’t using from another site, was transferred to the Bollard Road to produce animal feed pellets – dairy feed in particular. Early in 2013 an additional tilt-slab concrete walled extension to the existing flat-floor grain store was completed. It more than doubled the flat-floor storage capacity.
Over the year Denis has serviced his dairy feed customers and built a reputation for producing high performance dairy feeds which excuse the pun “milk well”. That’s how Milkwel Dairy Feeds Limited came about.
Milkwel Dairy Feeds Limited work with industry recognized nutritionists and the farmers vet and/or farm advisor to design custom feeds specific to our customer’s farms and the different nutritional requirements during the lactation cycle and season. That’s why our feeds perform.
The NZ dairy farmer has come ahead leaps and bounds in the last 10 years mostly due to the introduction of Palm Kernel. Are you getting the best result for the money that you are spending/ As a result the average NZ Dairy farmer is now a more educated consumer who is now looking at on farm protein and energy levels in both pasture and silage and understands the relationship between starch and milk output.
As a company we have built relationships which have lasted generations and our aim is to continue to do so. If you are in the area pop by for a cup of tea at 104 Bollard Road Tuakau and find out why.