Lone State roller mill donation South Dakota State University iGrow.
Brenda Bakken, CEO, Lone Star Enterprises, left, stands near the Triple Lone Star roller mill that the company recently donated to SDSU. Bakken is joined by Dr. Joseph Cassady, SDSU animal science department head, and John Goebel, SDSU feed processing facility manager.

SDSU feed processing facility upgrades equipment

Equipment upgrade replaces two machines previously used in feed processing facility.

Lone Star Enterprises has donated a new Triple Lone Star roller mill to the South Dakota State University (SDSU) feed processing facility.

The SDSU feed processing facility produces more than 1,250 tons of feed annually for the university’s livestock teaching and research facilities for beef, dairy, equine, sheep and swine. This equipment upgrade replaces two machines previously used in the feed processing facility.

“This donation will help us to ensure that the quality of the feed we’re milling, in support of our educational and research units, is representative of current industry standards,” SDSU animal science department head Dr. Joseph Cassady said.

The new roller mill will allow feed to be milled at a higher quality and consistency so livestock will achieve increased feed utilization.

“The Lone Star roller mill is easy to use and maintain,” John Goebel, SDSU feed processing facility manager, added. "It’s very well built and allows for worry-free grain processing that needs little monitoring.”

The SDSU feed processing facility employs SDSU students to assist with processing and packaging feed for the various educational and research units.

“We’re proud to be able to collaborate with SDSU on facilitating the means for students to have a state-of-the-art machine to process grains so they can understand how processed grains can influence the nutrition and health of animals,” Lone Star Enterprises chief executive officer Brenda Bakken said.

Lone Star Enterprises is a family owned and operated company based in Lennox, S.D., with 13 employees. Lone Star has also donated a roller mill to the North Dakota State University feed processing facility.

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