Border Valley is pleased to announce the installation of a new Hunterwood Technologies Chaff Press. The Chaff Press is a standard press designed to compress loose grass hay or loose alfalfa hay generated from our export hay process or other loose forage sources.

Border Valley sorts the grass hay separately from the alfalfa hay to make two different products; a grass hay chaff bale and an alfalfa chaff bale. All forage material is blended through a mixer box to provide more consistency in the finished product. The forage is also processed through a series of magnets to sort out any potential metal contamination.

The output bale from the Chaff Press measures 45″ wide x 30″ high x 43″ long (114 cm x 76 cm x 109 cm) and weighs 300 kg, or 661 lbs. with container weights of 20 MT.

You will find the Border Valley Chaff Bale options to be low-cost alternatives for those end users looking for a quality, inexpensive grass hay or alfalfa hay product in their ration. 

Border Valley Trading is pleased to announce the installation of a new Hunterwood FC10000 compress machine in our Brawley facility. The addition of this press will allow us to increase the production capacity of both small bale and big bale product for our foreign customers. We’ve also added a metal detection device to help reduce the potential for metal contamination.

Within the past several months, the company also installed a new chaff rebale compress in the Brawley facility. This rebaler will compress a grass hay/straw big bale or an alfalfa hay big bale. These are perfect products for those customers looking for a low-cost roughage alternative.

We’ve also worked on packaging improvements to include new wrap machines, new strappers and improved packaging materials. We understand our customers expect the best package on the market from Border Valley so we’ve invested in making improvements where needed.

On-site storage capacity in Brawley was increased from 86,000 tons to 104,000 tons this past year. This added volume helped the company to move more volume of hay into storage faster while reducing the weather risk and potential for damage. It also helped us to keep hay greener while limiting exposure to outside sun bleach.

The company increased its LNG (liquefied natural gas) trucking fleet by an additional 16 trucks. We now operate 40 LNG powered trucks from our Brawley facility with an additional 12 clean diesel trucks operating out of our Turlock facility. Border Valley remains committed to helping the environment by utilizing a fleet with the lowest possible emissions.

Our supply chain was expanded by acquiring more alfalfa hay in both Idaho and Nevada. Using a logistics model that helps to move commodities to domestic dairies while returning those trucks to Turlock with alfalfa hay, the company has now doubled the amount of alfalfa hay it can source from these two states. This is an important strategic move as the supply of non-GMO alfalfa for our markets continues to decrease in all western states.

Management continues to stay very active in both the National Hay Association and the U.S. Forage Export Council (USFEC). Our team has spent time in Washington D.C. meeting with USDA/APHIS, USDA/FAS and Congress to help keep trade flowing to all markets. Those efforts will continue in earnest as we go into the coming year.

Border Valley Trading and affiliated companies have positioned companies in the Ag space to leverage and scale opportunities presented in forage farming, hay sourcing, beef production, a fully integrated logistics platform, ruminant technical and nutrition consulting along with a company that supports our environmental initiatives.

Border Valley Trading supplies in excess of three-hundred thousand tons of forage products to domestic and international customers around the world. To facility timely trade of our products, Border Valley Logistics deploys a fleet of 50 trucks that are mostly powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The LNG trucks help the company to control product movement while also reducing emissions when compared with diesel powered trucks.

The partners of Border Valley Trading also own Mesquite Cattle Feeders, an established third-generation feedlot with 40,000 head of beef cattle. Mesquite was one of the first feedlots established in the Imperial Valley and has been feeding cattle since the 1940’s. Our commitment to animal health, safety and welfare at Mesquite extends beyond our own cattle and feeding operation. It drives our companies culture; a commitment to providing a “safe, quality feed” to every customer on every shipment.

The knowledge and expertise gained through ruminant feeding at Mesquite, helped Border Valley establish a ruminant nutrition and technical services company; Border Valley Trading Nutrition and Technical Services. Managed by Dr. Jonathon Beckett, Ph.D., this company provides professional services to our customers related to nutrition, added value strategies, genetic improvement, endocrinology and specialized feeding of Holstein genetics. Dr. Beckett consults farms in California, Idaho, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Mexico and Indonesia. He oversees the nutrition for approximately 750,000 cattle on feed.  

To support the sizeable Natural Gas fleet at Border Valley Logistics and our other natural gas projects, the owners also diversified into the Natural Gas business. This venture, Greenfix America, specializes in the engineering, design and manufacturing of Natural Gas Fueling products that include LNG/CNG fueling systems and re-gas units for both small and large applications.

OUR EDGE IS YOUR EDGE!

The strategic location of our facilities makes Border Valley Trading one of the most diverse, well equipped companies to source and ship PSW products.

  • Imperial Valley, California - This location benefits from the rich soil and dry climate in the Valley that produces some of the highest quality forage products in the world. With favorable growing and harvesting conditions, Valley farmers can produce a diverse variety of forage products to meet specific customer needs.  This state of the art facility has been in operation for over 20 years. With 6 compress machines (3-tie, big bale, big bale cut down) and 80,000 tons of storage on a 105 acre production site, it is one of California’s largest export facilities.
  • San Joaquin Valley, California - The company’s plant is situated in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley; the “breadbasket” of farming in California. The Valley has enormous, diverse farming operations that supply the company with a variety of products. The location also allows the company to acquire product in Nevada, Utah and S. Oregon.
    This facility operates 3 compress machines (3-tie, big bale, big bale cut down) and has on-site storage capacity for 60,000 tons.

RUMINANT NUTRITION AND TECHNICAL SERVICES

SCOPE OF SERVICES:

  • Nutrition Consulting
  • Research Trials
  • Strategies for added value
  • Genetic Improvement
  • Endocrinology
  • Spreadsheet Analysis
  • Specialize in feeding cattle of Holstein genetics

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