Loup Valley Alfalfa Inc.

South Jct. Hwy. 91 & 11 Burwell NE.

 Loup Valley Alfalfa came into existence in 1945, an enterprise created by LeRoy Anderson, Glo Fackler, and William F. Manasil. In the early days of business, the primary function of the plant was grinding stacks of locally grown alfalfa and loading the ground hay onto railroad car to be shipped across the nation. The ground hay was sacked in large burlap coffee sacks and the tops of the bags sewn shut, all by hand labor.

After two years of business, the company purchased the dehydrator and began dehydrating the ground alfalfa. 'The dehydrator was fueled with crude oil and the temperature of the dehydrator was regulated by the amount of alfalfa fed into the machine. The alfalfa was scooped into the dehydrator by manual labor, using pitchfork and muscle and still sacked, sewn and loaded by hand.

The ranchers liked the ease of feeding the pelleted alfalfa, primarily the large pellets and wafers, which could be fed to cattle on the ground. They soon began asking if ground corn and meal could be mixed with the alfalfa, to provide, a more complete feed, thus began the pelleted ration business for Loup Valley Alfalfa. In no time, the feed business outgrew the alfalfa business and the emphasis turned to feed. During this period, another drum was added to the plant and the old drum was dismantled and moved to Albion. Neil Sloan was the current salesman for Loup Valley Alfalfa, and became a partner with a small interest in the company. Neil managed the plant in Albion and eventually purchased the Albion plant and sold out his interest in the Burwell mill.

The corporate structure of Loup Valley Alfalfa also changed in the 1950's. Glo Fackler sold his interest to William Manasil and LeRoy Anderson. In the late fifties, LeRoy Anderson developed health problems and later died, and William Manasil purchased his interest in Loup Valley Alfalfa from Madelon Anderson, LeRoy's widow. John Cronin became the sales representative for the mill and eventually purchased a portion of the stock from William.

Young Bill Manasil returned from college in 1963 and began working for his father, learning the family business and in 1974, following the death of William Manasil, took over ownership of Loup Valley Alfalfa.

Loup Valley Alfalfa currently employs seventeen full-time employees and three part-time employees. In alfalfa season the mill operates twenty-four hours a day, six days a week; in the feed season (Oct.-April) the mill operates ten hours a day, six days a week. The company owns a fleet of six tandem axle delivery trucks, a newly purchased semi tractor and trailer, two Field Queens, two windrowers, and two field trucks. The plant has storage capacity for 2,500 tons of alfalfa pellets, 400-500 tons of raw ingredients (not including corn or alfalfa) and 40,000 bushels of corn.

Twelve different types of pelleted ration are currently manufactured by the plant. Sunflower meal is purchased from North Dakota, cottonseed meal from Oklahoma and Texas, wheat middlings come primarily from the Lincoln and Omaha region and soybean meal from Hastings and southern Nebraska. All the, alfalfa used in the rations is locally grown, primarily in a sixteen mile radius of the plant which keeps the alfalfa fresher and decreases hauling time, helping the plant run smoothly during alfalfa season. Corn is also primarily locally grown.

The dehydrator is the original machine that was purchased by the mill owners in the 1950's. Many modifications have been added to the dehydrator to keep the plant operating in compliance with the EPA and the Dept. of Environmental Protection. These modifications keep the air quality in Burwell and the surrounding area cleaner, eliminating the dirt and dust produced by the plant in the early stages. The dehydrator is fueled by natural gas, replacing the old crude oil years. When the alfalfa is wet, the dehydrator temperatures may reach as high as 1,600 degrees and the machine operates like a glorified clothes dryer, tumbling the ground alfalfa and drying it at the same time.

Loup Valley Alfalfa maintains a large trade area. The trade area extends as far north as the South Dakota/Nebraska state line and as far south as Interstate 80, west to Alliance and east to Columbus, NE. As large as the trade area is, the majority of Loup Valley Alfalfa's products are purchased by local ranchers and livestock owners.

Loup Valley Alfalfa is a local business with a long and successful past. Bill Manasil's son, Jon Manasil, has recently returned to Burwell with his family and is hopeful to someday take over the family business, carrying the Loup Valley Alfalfa name into the new millennium.

In the 1960's, the Loup Valley Alfalfa began using paper sacks to contain the feed, sewn shut by machines, replacing the burlap bags and hand sewing, and more ranchers began buying feed in bulk, finding the bulk feed more economical than the sacked feed.

 

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Loup Valley Alfalfa INC.

P.O. Box 711
Burwell, NE 68823-0574

Phone: 308-346-4770

In Nebraska: 1-800-652-2232

Fax: 308-346-4804

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the early 1950's, Loup Valley Alfalfa purchased a pellet machine. The combination of the dehydrator and pellet machine was the turning point for the company and the beginning of a thriving feed business. In the mid 1950's, a second pellet machine was purchased. The new pellet machine could form the pellets into three different sizes. The alfalfa product was still shipped by rail out of the area, but soon with rising freight rates resulting from Burwell being at the end of the railroad line and competition from other mills in the Platte Valley, Loup Valley Alfalfa began selling its alfalfa product to local ranchers.

In 1973, a computerized bin system was added. This, system automatically calculates the weight of the ingredient storage bins, the amounts of ingredients to add to the ration, and senses when ingredient bin levels are low, maintaining the proper bin levels.

 

The company owns a fleet of six tandem axle delivery trucks, a newly purchased semi tractor and trailer.

 

PRODUCT SUMMARY

32% SUPER 3-WAY 32% All natural protein, our standard formula for years. Mix-Top dress it - Feed it on the ground Any way you feed it - You can count on it for results. No shortcuts on this feed. It is tried and proven. A feed that has been trusted for over 50 years.

 

31% SPECIAL w/10A 31% All natural protein, with 10,000 USP units per pound Vitamin A added because of less alfalfa. A more competitive version of our 32% because of changed formulations. We use 3 1 % instead of 32% to avoid confusion.

 

30% 3-WAY w/MOL 30% All natural protein, same formulation as our 32% except with molasses added.

 

20% CALF CUBES 20% All natural protein, a grain cube with oats, com, alfalfa, cottonseed meal or soybean meal, sunflower meal, and molasses.

 

32% SUPER 3-WAY 32% All natural protein, our standard formula for years. Mix-Top dress it - Feed it on the ground Any way you feed it - You can count on it for results. No shortcuts on this feed. It is tried and proven. A feed that has been trusted for over 50 years.

 

31% SPECIAL w/10A 31% All natural protein, with 10,000 USP units per pound Vitamin A added because of less alfalfa. A more competitive version of our 32% because of changed formulations. We use 3 1 % instead of 32% to avoid confusion.

 

39% 3-WAY w/MOL 30% All natural protein, same formulation as our 32% except with molasses added.

 

20% CALF CUBES 20% All natural protein, a grain cube with oats, com, alfalfa, cottonseed meal or soybean meal, sunflower meal, and molasses.

 

11% STARTER PELLET 11% All natural protein, love at first bite. Feed at the rate of I pound per cwt. (Very successful for weaning calves) Available with Aureomycin® or Deccox®.

 

38% HIGH PRO PASS DAIRY 38% All natural protein, help cows perform up to maximum potential, fewer cows will go off feed. Full of vitamins with a soda bicarbonate buffer.

 

LVA GRAIN MIXES All natural, everything made right here. Corn is locally grown. Oats are available. We have our standard formulas or we can custom mix to meet your feeding needs.

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