Who are we

Idle-Acres-Aerial Update
Square Meal Feeds are researched, developed and manufactured by Dr. Harlan Anderson, DVM, a veterinarian in Cokato, Minn. The Anderson farm, affectionately called Idle Acres, is a fifth generation farming operation. In addition to his veterinary practice, Dr. Anderson has maintained an active hay, corn and soybean operation. He has a solid link to the land and the animals that rely on the fruits of the land.

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Our Process

  • 1.) Idle Acres Farm and Plant – is the location of the production facilities of Square Meal Feeds (SMF) horse biscuits.  Idle Acres is a fifth generation family farm.  Idle Acres is also the farm that all the alfalfa and grass are produced.  The forages are harvested in large round bales.
  • 2.) Harvesting Alfalfa – Once the large round bales reach the processing facilities, the net wrap is removed.  The complete bale is loaded into the vertical blender.  Up to 6,000# of different types of hay can be added at one time.  Hay will vary depending on the nutritional needs of the particular horse feed.  Other nutrients, like minerals and vitamins, are added to the vertical mixer at this time.
  • 3.) Mixing Formulas – Once the mix is completed, great care is taken to assure that there is no separation of the mixed complete diet.  Belt conveyors and a specialized metering box are used to maintain the mix.  Just before the mix is dropped into the cuber or densifier, a final spike auger mixer puts a final blending action to the mix.  The densifier extrudes the forage mixture using primarily pressure to develop the horse biscuit.
  • 4.) Packaging – Because of the extreme pressure in the tapered dies, the temperature of the final product will be about 140 degrees and needs to be cooled to ambient temperature before it is packaged in 40# perforated plastic bags. The final product is packaged with the use of a Form, Fill and Seal bagging machine.  These bags are recyclable, easy to open and allow product information to be printed on the bag, easy for the horse owner to read.   The information printed on the bag becomes the major education and marketing effort of SMF in this world of big box marketing.
    • Once the biscuits are bagged, they are stacked on a pallet (50 40# bags) and shrink wrapped.  This method of packaging makes transportation of SMF much easier than the traditional small square bales or the large round and large square bales.  In addition to designing a complete diet product for today’s and tomorrow’s horse, SMF packaging may be the replacement of the small square bale.
Harvesting
Processing
Bagging
Packing & Shipping
Harvesting Processing Bagging Packing and Shipping