Hi-Pro Feeds is a single system of twelve individual feed mills serving the animal nutrition industry, each with a story rooted in its local community. These twelve mills were once eight separate livestock feed companies. Headquartered in Okotoks, Alberta today's company represents a partnership of individual sites, each of which was originally created out of a desire to serve local animal nutrition needs. The twelve sites form one network of complementary feed mills spanning three U.S. states and four provinces in Canada. Together they are dedicated and devoted to serving customers through excellence in animal nutrition products and services.
The Canadian Hi-Pro story began in 1942 when a farmer co-op built the first feed manufacturing mill in the system in Edmonton, Alberta. It was a new venture by farmers to serve farmers. Today, this groundbreaking feed operation continues to serve northern Alberta livestock producers through the newest Hi-Pro Feeds livestock and horse feed manufacturing facility built in 2006. It is located just a few miles north of that original site in Sherwood Park.
Over the years, six Canadian mills were added to the system. The Olds site was built in 1966 to provide service to central Alberta. This facility was completely replaced in 2000 with a new state-of-the-art feed mill just down the road from the original. The ability to serve Southern Alberta producers was achieved with the purchase of the Lethbridge location in 1970. These plants manufacture beef, dairy, hog, and poultry feed. Carman (1982), Somerset (1986), and St. Anne (1995) mills were strategically added to supply the needs of the growing Manitoba beef, dairy, hog, and poultry feed operations. This expanded the footprint of the company to Central Canada. The Chilliwack mill was purchased in 2001, expanding service to the West Coast. It is the largest mill in the Canadian system. This facility gave the capacity to manufacture extruded fish feed, horse feed, and pet food for companion animals, which have become important products offered through the dealer network. The company's ability to incorporate feed additives, vitamins, and other healthy supplements was upgraded through the purchase of the Ponoka, Alberta premix facility in 2004.
The Hi-Pro story in the United States began in 1968 when the Friona, Texas mill was built to service the growing beef cattle feeding industry in the Texas panhandle. Since 1972 Friona has operated as Hi-Pro Feeds and this brand has been synonymous with the South Central US cattle feeding business. Friona was the first of the twelve mills to be named Hi-Pro Feeds and it has a deep history of dedication and a sense of ownership that continues strongly to this day. This resolve was tested in June 1995 when a F4 tornado destroyed the majority of the facility. The following morning plans were in place to allow for the simultaneous removal of debris and rebuild of the mill. Downtime was limited to only 45 days. As in Canada, more mills were built and purchased to increase capacity and area serviced. Dexter South, built in 1993, has experienced a decade of growth and expansion in the dairy and equine feed segments. In 2002 the shuttle train facility at North Dexter was built allowing for impressive receiving and unloading of 110 rail cars in less than 15 hours. In the spring of 2008 the local, family-owned and operated feed manufacturing mills of Cheyenne, Clovis, and Comanche were purchased. This furthered the ability of Hi-Pro Feeds to serve the needs of the beef and dairy industries as well as their dealer rancher partners across a much greater geography. These four and a half decades demonstrate a proud legacy of Hi-Pro Feeds serving cattle feed and horse feed needs in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Historically, as today, Hi-Pro Feeds has been an innovator and early adopter of animal nutrition and feed manufacturing science. Each decade is marked by significant innovations by Hi-Pro Feeds: The 1960s saw the unique idea of providing nutritional services to make the most of feed additives; the 1970s included the first computer livestock feed formulation program; the 1980s experienced the use of Near Infrared rapid and on-site proximate analysis; the 1990s included advanced amino-acid-digestibility-based animal nutrition formulation; and the 2000s were marked by Hi-Pro Feeds being one of the first livestock feed companies in North America to develop internationally recognized quality control programs and certifications. Employee cross training and the sharing of technical and product innovations occurs routinely between employees throughout the mill system. Leaders from all sites meet in person regularly to share ideas, challenge process, and clarify Hi-Pro Feeds' goals - resulting in a lean and progressive management style.
Over seventy percent of all employees actively invest as private equity owners of Hi-Pro Feeds. As owners, employees strive for continuous improvement. Hi-Pro Feeds has a proud history and a clear vision for growth and excellence in delivering animal nutrition to customers. Hi-Pro Feeds' objective is to earn business by enriching the lives of the animals fed and the customers and employees with whom we partner.