NRM is the largest, most experienced stock feed manufacturer in New Zealand. It has been an integral part of New Zealand's rural backbone for more than a hundred years.
The old NRM feed mill in Fort Street, Auckland, stands as a reminder of NRM's history. John Lamb originally purchased the Fort Street site in 1875 for the sum of 1,027 pounds. In 1888, Auckland Roller Mills Ltd was incorporated and a year later was amalgamated with Firth's first eight-hour Roller Mill. In 1899 the company name was changed to that used today, the Northern Roller Milling Company - NRM.
In the early days the main objective of NRM was to manufacture flour from wheat. The wheat would pass through a series of rollers and during this process of gradual reduction, flour is separated from the by-products, bran and pollard, which were fed to stock. The first dedicated production of stock feed took place in 1944.
In 1954 NRM installed its first press to make pelleted stock feed. As the popularity of pellets grew, flour by-products gradually became a smaller part of the raw materials used in stock feed manufacturing. Various grains, protein meals and vitamin and mineral premixes were added to pelleted feeds to improve animal performance.
In 1992, Goodman Fielder Wattie, the then owner of NRM, sold Tegel Foods and the NRM business to HJ Heinz Limited. From that point on, NRM ceased to have any association with the flour milling business and became solely a stock feed and premix manufacturer.
The past 100 years has seen an enormous amount of change in rural markets. NRM's ability to adapt to these changes can be attributed to its history of manufacturing expertise, innovative quality products and most of all, its relationship with its customers.
Today, NRM has five feed mills across the country from Rolleston in Canterbury to Takanini in Auckland. It caters for all types of animals from calves and horses to rabbits and alpacas.