We developed the concept of a small, high-quality, fixed-formula mill when we needed this type of feed for our own animals. Many people in the Northwest find our approach is the one they are looking for. Let’s see if you are in that category as we look at whether UPCF is right for you.
Here are some common questions, and their answers:
Q: What feed formulas do you make? What about your standard layer feed?
A: Originally we made feeds only to order, but over the last couple of years we have developed several formulas that are popular among a wide group of users. Once we started keeping a little stock of these popular feeds on the shelf we found that people loved having them always available. They liked being able to get a few bags of this and that when they picked up their regular orders. They’d get a ton of pig feed and maybe a couple bags of goat feed and three layer pellets. It turned out that it was good insurance against running out of feed if they forgot to order. They liked it as well as their own formulas in many cases. They didn’t mind saving a little money, either, because with improved efficiency we could pass on some savings. So now we keep about a dozen or more of our most popular feeds available at the mill. Two layer feeds are among them.
Q: So you don’t have to buy a ton at a time anymore? You can buy just one bag, and there is stock on hand?
A: That’s right. You can come to the mill and pick up just what you need. You don’t need to order ahead, though we encourage you to check with us to be sure someone didn’t just come in and clean the shelves with a big order.
Q: Do you still do custom formulas?
A: Yes. That is an important part of our mission. We make feeds to our clients’ standards. We are specially built for this and can provide a unique service to help them achieve their goals. We’re the only nutritionist owned mill that we know of in the Northwest, and we enjoy working on new projects and being able to take a concept to completion.
Q: How about certified organic?
A: Yes, we make certified organic feeds if that is what the customer wants. We have been certified since 2004.
Q: Is that your specialty?
A: Our specialty is making nutrient-dense feeds from clean, delicious and wholesome grains and proteins. We use domestic (USA) products sourced as close as possible to our mill. Local is a big bonus, logistically and from the perspective of sustainability.
Q: Where can I buy your products? How much do I need to buy?
A: The mill is located at 34970 Ranch Drive, Brownsville, OR 97327. The phone number is (541) 954-0945. We are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Directions to the mill from I-5 are here.
Q: How much do I need to buy?
A: You can get whatever you need, from one bag to multiple tons. If you want a custom formula, 40 bags of 50 lbs each is our most common order; one ton. Our equipment is most efficient at 2000-2500 lbs.
Q: Who distributes for you?
A: We have a few independent feed stores that handle our products, generally by selling their own custom formulas. We have a number of feed stores interested in carrying our products, but have kept our main focus on doing what we can do that other mills can’t. Lots of mills can make cheap feed. We concentrate on making our feed the best it can be. We have grown slowly over many years to achieve the unique position we have in the feeds marketplace. As we increase capacity we plan to continue do more of the same. We will never be a big mill, but we will be able to take on new customers as our growth allows. Meantime, we appreciate the interest stores have shown in us and are happy to let you know who might be selling our feed in your area.
We don’t have official distributors at this point, though people often group their orders together so they can split a load between several people. There are several folks who resell feeds we make for them and we can let you know who might be in your area.
Q: What does it cost?
A: The dozen or so feeds we keep on hand have prices at 40 bag “wholesale” levels and prices for smaller amounts. There is a middle price and a 1-10 bag price. Custom feeds reflect the cost of the ingredients and the time and equipment used. We make the same milling fees no matter which ingredients are used, so the ingredients are the customer’s choice, which also puts the customer in charge of the price of the feed. So – it depends on your choices.
Here are some of the things we usually ask when we are compounding a ration:
- How do you intend to use this feed?
- What are your goals?
- What are we trying to do that is different from typical off-the-shelf feed store feed?
- Clearly labeled ingredients? (“Oats, wheat, barley” instead of “grain”)
- High quality ingredients? No fillers?
- Whole grains instead of byproducts?
- Local sourcing, American grown products? (no Chinese grains or proteins?)
- Cost savings on a per bag basis?
- Cost saving through better feed utilization?
- Nutritionist involvement on every order?
- Local milling and connection with the mill?
- Freshness? Readable dates on the tags?
- Corn free? Soy Free?
- “Fixed formulas” (no ingredient swapping or inconsistency)
And so on…
We don’t mean to imply that all commercial feeds are inferior. They aren’t, but most mills are not designed to give you what we pride ourselves upon providing. They are focused on different goals. We like to make sure there is more to the difference between Union Point and Big Brand X than just feeling good about where it is coming from. That’s important, but in the long run our feed also has to perform better, and that’s important to us.
We were pioneers in making corn and soy-free non-GMO feed, and not only do our feed formulas work, but we know exactly why they work so well when others disappoint.
As both a nutritionist and owner, I take a personal interest in each order. The millers, Ron, Jon and their helpers give the feed their personal attention and ensure that your feed will be the same high quality product for which we are known — each time you order.
So – is Union Point Custom Feeds what you are looking for to as your supplier of feed? If we match up, then let’s talk.