Livestock producers like to get the most from their feedstuffs. A Harlan company can help with that.

Iowa Agriculture Bio Fibers (IABF) combines biomass with a blend of dry distillers grains and other byproducts and nutrients to create a feed pellet marketed as Fiber Factor for cattle, horses, sheep and goats.

The patent-pending Crop Residue Augmentation and Nutritional Enhancement (CRANE) process can utilize any biomass such as wheat straw or switch grass. In Iowa, the preferred ingredient is corn stover.

“With our process, we are able to make stover more digestible than the unprocessed version,” said IABF Plant Manager Jake Schechinger. “It’s fiber-based feed versus energy-based feed.”

By breaking the fiber bonds, the CRANE process makes...