Steiner Brothers, Eden, SD
Brandan and Nathan are third generation farmers in Eden S.D. Their grandfather, Tom Sr., started the farming operation near their present location after the war. The brothers and their father Tom Jr., bought 20 cows in 1992. After college in 1998, they moved back to the farm and today they feed 280 cows.
“We knew we had to change,” Brandan said. “We had been using a three-auger horizontal mixer for seven or eight years. First, we tried a vertical mixer with a belt discharge. There just wasn’t enough clearance under the incline for how we were feeding, and it unloaded poorly because the incline was too steep. We started to check out other mixers and talked to other farmers. Our neighbor, twenty miles from us, had bought a Cloverdale last year and we really liked the stainless-steel conveyor and walking tandems. When we started checking prices on other mixers, they were more money and we still didn’t get the features we wanted. Everyone we talked to liked the Cloverdale. Our neighbor bought a single screw, but we decided to go with a twin screw. Our ration is ground hay, chopped alfalfa and silage and our mix is a lot nicer now. It’s consistent from the first 100 lbs. to the end of the bunk.”