Idea to reality: As alfalfa prices soared over the last two years, Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers (MnVAP) saw a need for a lower-priced substitute for alfalfa feed pellets.
AURI’s role: AURI helped the co-op develop, formulate, and test a lower-cost, blended-fiber feed pellet.
Outcomes: MnVAP will manufacture 5,000 tons of the new feed pellets in 2014, and plans to triple production in 2015.
–by Liz Morrison Soaring hay prices sparked innovation at a Raymond, Minn., feed company. Short supplies of alfalfa and skyrocketing prices forced Minnesota Valley Alfalfa Producers (MnVAP) to cut production of alfalfa feed pellets by more than 40 percent in 2013. But the co-op rebounded by developing a more economical and nutritious substitute for alfalfa […]
AURI’s pilot lab in Waseca includes a state-of-the-art CPM11124 commercial pellet mill and many other essential milling tools. Entrepreneurs who come to AURI to test their ideas can be confident that lab results will be similar to those in commercial settings.
“We have assisted hundreds of Minnesota companies and individuals with pellet development,” says AURI scientist Al Doering who heads the pilot lab. “We’re also working on ways to turn a wide variety of potential energy crops into solid fuel pellets.”
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