One of the premier animal nutrition research and development facilities
Located on 1,188 acres in Gray Summit, Missouri, LongView is one of the premier animal nutrition research and development facilities in North America. The LongView commitment is to provide products, program technologies, services and information that will deliver value and the best total solution for Land O’Lakes Feed customers. Research at LongView has resulted in more than 100 patents worldwide and multiple new products, programs and line extensions every year.
The staff of dedicated professionals develop new ideas for a broad range of animals, from farm and ranch livestock to companion, exotic and specialty animals. The Gray Summit research and nutrition facility includes an on-site feed production mill and the latest in computer-aided research, leading to rapid turnover of data and discovery of new products and processes for the creation and delivery of innovative feeds.
LongView research involves a four-stage process: ideation, basic research, applied research and field trials, which can involve various life stages of many species of animals. Our capabilities in dairy, cattle and swine feed innovation are as follows:
Cattle research at LongView
Much of the pasture facilities at LongView are used to maintain a 120-head Black Baldy (Angus x Hereford) cow herd and their calves. The cow herd is used to develop and evaluate supplementation programs that enhance forage use and optimize cow productivity. The calves, which are a result of Charolis bulls and the Black Baldy cows, are used to evaluate new innovative nutrition programs for creep and weaning periods. In addition to brood cow research, forage-based feeding programs are constantly being developed for stockers, replacement heifers and bulls.
Studies are conducted in confinement at the growing/finishing facilities, where calves are either individually fed with 128 Calan gates (for precise measurements of feed intake and conversion) or group-fed in 12 pens at the 180 head feedlot. New products and programs are further validated by testing at ranches, feed yards and universities before being made available to our customers. The beef cattle research team is dedicated to delivering programs that solve problems relative to cattlemen’s limited resources of land, labor, capital and management, and providing sustainability for the cattle industry. Some of their accomplishments have included:
- First to market preconditioning/receiving products for stressed cattle
- First to market weather-resistant technology for mineral supplementation
Each year, Longview Animal Nutrition Center plays host to thousands of visitors, ranging from customers and distinguished academics to 4-H Clubs, to demonstrate the process of bringing innovation to the feed industry. And LongView will continue to bring new products to the market as long as there are new ideas, new challenges and new questions to answer. LongView Animal Nutrition Center represents the continued commitment by Land O’Lakes Feed to help customers grow bigger, stronger, more vigorous and productive animals and sustainable livestock businesses.