About Us – History
Back in the late 1970s there was a movement in the U.S. which envisioned
energy independence, based on every farm having its own alcohol plant.
Grain grown for livestock feed would first be fermented for alcohol
and then what remained would be fed to livestock.
At a much earlier time, and continuing into the 1940s, many small farmers had steeped
barley before feeding it to livestock – “slopping the hogs,” as it was
called when feeding pigs.
While both of these practices faded over time due to various influences
such as economies of scale, elements relating to the fermented feeds
have been embraced and refined by SweetPro Feeds. As an example,
early farm scale ethanol plants, which, of necessity, had used low
temperature cooking, were unable to distill whole mash. So the liquid
portion was screened out separately for distilling. The remaining
thick mash still contained significant amounts of alcohol and all
the yeast and enzymes used to ferment were never subjected to the
high temperatures of distilling.
Many of the dairymen using this feed, found themselves in the awkward
position of overflowing their dairy’s bulk tanks because the cows
were so much more productive.
The steeped barley of yesteryear was often times germinating and
thus releasing a multitude of enzymes needed for initial plant growth.
Those enzymes coupled with fermented starches provide powerful support for feed utilization. But in the end, the cumbersome techniques and
difficulty with storage and labor took their toll and these approaches
Same Science, New Mechanics
The science behind these low tech procedures, however, was anything
but low tech. Probiotic proliferation was rampant, yeast and their
nutralites increased, phytic acid tie-up of minerals was eliminated.
In short, the science was exceptional but the mechanics were too
SweetPro Feeds has managed to overcome the mechanical limitations,
seize the science, and indeed take the science to new levels with
organic complexed trace minerals and a prebiotic oligosaccharide, plus Beta-glucan to
deliver maximum performance potential.
Low temperature cooking is
standard, and a blend of cereal grains (wheat, oats, and barley
malt) plus flax are used in fermentation. This assures that the most complementary
amino acid profile is available to help your animals build muscle.
Everything about SweetPro’s ProBiotein processing is geared toward
improving nutrient utilization, which in turn helps
animal health, performance and feed utilization. All without
“breaking the bank.”
SweetPro started production in 1991 and secured six patents between 1994 and 2004. We patented a new concept in non-molasses, free-choice block supplementation and developed the ProBiotein® process in 2002. SweetPro has taken a leading position in helping to improve animal health naturally by maximizing nutrient utilization for better immune response and performance.
There are lots of fermented feeds in the marketplace, but nothing
quite like SweetPro’s ProBiotein. Our emphasis is on fermentation
as the primary objective, not as a byproduct. Also a blend of complementary
nutrients is embraced, instead of reliance on a single “silver bullet.”
Our EquiPride and EquiLix horse products are especially satisfying for SweetPro
because they do so much for animals that people care so much about.
The impact has been great in horse raising, rodeo competitions and in production livestock. The
many stories of remarkable recoveries are very gratifying. We are
pleased to be part of the equine and livestock industry and grateful for the wonderful
reception our products are getting.
President, SweetPro Feeds
(800) 327 9222 | (701) 549 3450 phone | (701) 549 3440 fax