Horse feeds under the LMF brand were first produced in 1981, however, the company was called Lan Mar Farms & Milling at that time (hence the LMF brand). From the beginning, certain core principles were front and center when formulating LMF horse feeds, and these principals still remain foundational in the LMF products.
Principal #1 – No use of screenings, fillers or other sub-standard by-products, along with using primary and trace minerals that are easily absorbed and utilized by the horse.
Principal #2 – Forage is and should be the largest part of a horse’s diet, and forages in the Western US are of generally excellent quality. Supplemental feed formulation should take this into account.
Principal #3– Because of the forage quality in the west, formulations should be designed to feed generally lower pounds per day of supplemental feed, but to accomplish this goal, concentrations of critical nutrients (especially primary minerals, trace minerals, and vitamins) need to be sufficient to meet the horse’s nutritional neeeds even at lower feeding rates. Resulted in more concentrated feeds in the LMF line.
Principal #4 – Especially for young growing horses, provide formulas that account for the differences inherint in alfalfa hays compared to grass hays. The larger the portion that hay represents in the diet, the more important this feature is. This resulted in many of the LMF Horse Feeds having “A” and “G” formulas.
With increased market acceptance and growth of the LMF horse feeds, the market was expanded into the California and Nevada markets starting in 1992, by forming a mutual production and marketing arrangement with Farmers Warehouse Company based in Keyes, California. Formulations, sales staff training, technical support, and marketing support continued from LMF with production, direct sales and distribution handled by Farmers Warehouse. In 1996, it became obvious that the LMF mill in Deer Park, Washington had to undergo a major upgrade to keep up with market demand. Based on the success already occuring in the relationship with Farmers Warehouse, rather than build a new mill, it was decided to form a similar relationship with Alsin Finch Feed Company in Spokane, Washington. This allowed LMF to direct it’s efforts to the continued emphasis upon formulations, technical support, training and market support and remaining cutting edge in the marketplace.