Since the 1940's, Landus Cooperative™ (formerly West Central Cooperative®) has been processing locally grown soybeans and adding value to them through the production of soy-based feed products for the livestock and dairy industries. Today, these products make up the Dairy Nutrition Plus family. In April 2016, West Central® and Farmers Cooperative merged to form Landus Cooperative, strengthening the economic well-being of farmer-owners.
Landus Cooperative, the seventh largest grain company in North America based on storage capacity, is a farmer-owned cooperative connecting producers of agricultural products to a vast network of processors and end users around the world. The company manages for success by deliberately pursuing fresh ideas and recognizing value opportunities at every turn. Headquartered in Ames, Iowa, Landus Cooperative’s agronomy, animal nutrition, grain, crop management and precision ag businesses span 29 Iowa and Minnesota counties with more than 70 locations.
Dairy Nutrition Plus™
As a manufacturer, Landus Cooperative has a long-standing commitment for providing quality and consistency and that is not going to change. The Dairy Nutrition Plus family of quality products showcases the ways in which Landus Cooperative offers more to feed mills, nutritionists and dairy producers.
Landus Cooperative is continuously innovating to add value in a way that not only provides proven results, but provides supply chain reliability, access to the knowledge of industry experts, and tools that improve efficiency for our customers in what they do every day.
Supply Chain Reliability
Over the course of one year, Landus Cooperative agronomists recommend soybean seed to farmers in Iowa. More than 7,000 producers, including these Iowa grain producers, make up our cooperative's membership. Those farmers grow and nurture plants that produce higher quality at higher yields. When the time is right, farmers harvest those beans. Our grain team quickly unloads and stores massive bean volumes. Then, our soy center meticulously manufactures SoyPlus which is then marketed and sold to dairies around the globe.
Landus Cooperative™ began processing soybeans at its Ralston facility in 1942, decades before the term "value-added" had been coined. It's this dedication to innovation and creating more value for our customer's products that has earned Landus Cooperative its reputation as a leader in value-added processing.
After researching the bypass benefits offered to dairy cows by Landus Cooperative's soybean meal, SoyPlus® was launched in 1984. SoyPlus quickly became recognized as the gold standard of dairy nutrition, a product by which other dairy bypass products would be measured against. SoyPlus earned a reputation for providing consistent quality and consistent results, a reputation it still has today. In 2008, the SoyPlus manufacturing process earned ISO 9001 certification, guaranteeing customers a quality product and superior service with every batch.
Using revolutionary science discovered by Dr. Jesse Goff and Dr. Ronald Horst at the USDA Laboratory in Ames, Landus Cooperative began processing a dairy feed supplement capable of aiding in dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) balancing in 1997. Today this product is known as SoyChlor®.
Introduced in 2010, PasturChlor® is designed to offer a low calcium approach to DCAD adjustment.