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.