A local business helps livestock producers meet needs and goals.
The Livestock Nutrition Center, or LNC, started business in Altus in 2006 to provide quality feed to farmers and ranchers in Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas.
Four drivers travel across North Texas to Canyon, Tulia, Matador, and Holiday and to Oklahoma towns and groups, such as Farmers Cooperative Association in Sayre.
The demand for quality feed, growth in sales, clients and staff were key factors in the company’s decision to build a new 5,500-square-foot warehouse and office. A year ago, LNC contracted with Stan Fitzgerald of Hobart to begin construction and the anticipated completion date is Sept. 1.
The new warehouse will stock the 50-pound mineral feed bags, as well as cattle tubs and blocks. LNC is a distribution center for the area and many dealers.
“Our salesman are trained to work one-on-one with dealers to research their goals and objectives in the type of rations, supplements and premixes needed for their cattle,” said Brice Sawin, general manager of the Altus LNC. “Each rancher has a different goal and intention for their livestock and they share this information with our staff. This, in turn, is used to form and provide the best quality feed for our clients’ needs in the most economical way.”
Depending on the ingredients used, they arrive in Altus by the Burlington Northern and Union Pacific railroads from North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, and even as far away as Canada.
Once the ingredients are added together from the batch sheets of recipe information, the two 8-ton blenders are put to use and the mixing process begins. The five-man barn crew is responsible for the mixing, packing and loading of the finished product.
“The process of making the feed can be compared to making a batch of cookies,” Sawin said.
LNC will also replace the 1986 weighing scale, with a new scale with a maximum weighing capacity of 200,000 pounds. The scales are needed for accuracy in billing purposes and, most importantly, to meet in Department of Transportation specifications. One full truckload of feed weighs about 48,000 pounds and the LNC averages about 1,000 tons per week. They have four truck drivers in the summer, and seven in the winter, and estimate helping to feed more than 400,000 to 500,000 head of cattle a year. Smaller batches of feed are also purchased and help feed horses, goats, pigs and other animals.
“Our main focus and the type of service we want for our customers is better feed — better results,” Sawin said.
LNC has nine locations in the Midwest and Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The company offers tours for schools, groups, businesses and anyone interested in learning about the daily operations and services.
For more information visit www.Inc-online.com or call 580-482-2700.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.