Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is closing two of it's feed production facilities in the prairies.

In a release Monday, the company announced the Brandon, Manitoba plant will close in October and the Melfort, Saskatchewan plant will wind down operations in August.

FCL is consolidating feed production from six facilities across the Prairies to three in Calgary, Saskatoon and Moosomin.

The Company's other feed facility in Edmonton will transfer its operations to Wetaskiwin Co-op this September.

Co-op says the decision to close these facilities addresses unprecedented competitor consolidation and a changing market in the feed sector.

“While we don't make these decisions lightly, by consolidating manufacturing and taking measures to refocus our resources in the livestock sector, we're better able to serve our local co-ops and their producer customers across western Canada well into the future,” said Ron Healey, FCL Vice-President of Ag and Consumer Business.

FCL plans to make significant capital investments to modernize the remaining plants.

About 10 employees at each of the Melfort and Brandon plants will be impacted by the closures this fall, where the company says they'll work with those employees to give them opportunities to find other employment within FCL's retail system.

The organization manufactures cattle, horse, sheep and poultry feed in bags and bulk orders.