Over 60 Years of Feed Experience Make Ranch-Way Your Sustaining Partner

As the oldest continuously running business in Fort Collins, Colorado, our decades of experience with Western feed are unparalleled in the agricultural industry. Combine that with our vast knowledge of ingredients, state-of-the art manufacturing processes, and extensive dealer network, and you’ll be hard pressed to make a better choice than Ranch-Way Feeds.

Ranch-Way Feeds is a a locally owned and operated business committed to providing customers with the highest quality animal feed products. Producing over 60,000 tons of feed annually, we supply feed to more than 180 independent retail outlets and through direct sales to producers. Ranch-Way Feeds provides feed to feed stores, ranches, feedlots, dairies, horse barns, kennels, game bird farms, buffalo ranches, 4-H and FFA members, animal nutrition research at Colorado State University, the Division of Wildlife, the Denver Zoo and more.

We manufacture custom rations to meet the nutritional requirements of livestock, equine, poultry, swine, and more. Even fish and birds enjoy Ranch-Way products, specifically formulated for their unique nutritional needs. Quality ingredients, balanced rations, and formulations – all these criteria ensure that the feeds from Ranch-Way are top-performing components of the everyday care and feeding of livestock and pets. The result? A fortification that’s unparalleled.


Animal Feed, It’s Your Most Important Decision.

Your decision about your feed supplier is arguably the most critical decision you will make regarding your animals. It’s the one factor that is certain to affect how an animal appears and ultimately thrives.

Quality feed is what Ranch-Way Feeds has been creating for decades in Fort Collins, Colorado--land of 300 days of sunshine, high mountains and the untamed Cache la Poudre River.  Naturally, a clean-scrubbed Rocky Mountain town like Fort Collins would be the place where Ranch-Way Feeds products  are manufactured.  In the process, we have become the leading regional feed supplier throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

Today, we manufacture a full-line of nutritional products for a wide range of livestock, domestic, wild, and zoo animals. Quality ingredients lead to quality products. Ranch-Way Feeds utilizes ingredients that exceed industry quality standards to produce truly exceptional feeds. Quality products, customer service, and regional presence are the core of Ranch-Way Feeds. We are committed to maintaining this position as a leader in the animal feed industry for the Rocky Mountain region.

We have a full-time PhD Animal Nutritionist on staff and a Professional Animal Scientist-Certified Technical Services department able to consult, design custom diets, and formulate rations for all classes of commercial livestock, horses, farm animals, show livestock, and avian species.


It is Ranch-Way’s goal to manufacture every feed order quickly and efficiently, while providing customers with a product that is safe, clean, free of fines, consistent in appearance, and carefully formulated and manufactured.  Ranch-Way’s manufacturing facilities are USDA Organic Certified to process organic feeds, and follow FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).

We are one of 39 companies to be honored in 2015 for commitment to safety and sound risk management practices. “Less than one percent of Pinnacol’s 55,000 policyholders meet the criteria for this award,” said Phil Kalin, Pinnacol’s president and CEO. “The recipients are an elite group whose commitment to safety and sound risk management practices qualify for this honor. We are proud to recognize them and their employees for their exceptional commitment to safety and for setting an example for other Colorado companies to follow.” Thank you Pinnacol Insurance for the award!
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Our customers reflect our successful approach – they range from the largest cattle ranches to the hobby farmers. Ask them about Ranch-Way Feeds or read our testimonials below.

Chuck Alexander of Granby, CO, has been purchasing range cake at Ranch-Way Feeds in Fort Collins since 1980 for his commercial Angus business. Chuck feels Ranch-Way has a very clean, consistent product and drives an extra 70 miles to buy from Ranch-Way.

Mike and Ericka Maxwell from Red Feather Lakes, CO are the second generation in a cow-calf operation that has been in business since 1964 which began with Stuart Maxwell. Thirty miles west of Highway 287, the Maxwells buy cake and calf creep from Ranch-Way as the convenience, consistent quality and great service keep these customers coming.

Hannah and Robert Striegel have owned Frontier Feeds in Canon City, CO since 1987. As Ranch-Way Feed Dealers, the enjoy dealing with a great, local Colorado business and the knowledgeable and friendly staff.


Ranch-Way’s 147 year-old feed mill sits along the banks of the Poudre river, in the center of historic downtown Fort Collins. Rather than high rises, our white grain-tower is the small city’s true landmark – the subject of many paintings and photographs.

Built in 1868, the original Lindell Mill processed local wheat into flour which was sold under several names including Defiance, Jack Frost, Snow Trader, Snowflake and Pride of Colorado. Water from the Poudre River was diverted to the mill for energy and power. In 1885, the Colorado Milling and Elevator Company acquired the mill and began operating as the Fort Collins Flour Mills. By 1919, electric motors replaced waterpower as flour production continued into the 1940’s.

Flour milling was discontinued at this site in 1948, and replaced with the manufacturing of livestock feed. Ranch-Way Feeds has been locally owned and operated since 1968 focusing on bulk commercial feed, wholesale bagged feed, and specialty products.

Many modifications have been made to the historic mill to ensure that Ranch-Way Feeds continues to be a major supplier to the agriculture industry. A state of the art computerized batching system, two adaptable pellet mills, a high-tech mixer, an efficient blocking facility and a computerized packaging and palletizing machine make Ranch-Way Feeds a modern leader in the animal feed industry.

Our staff

Ranch-Way staff members are knowledgeable and sincere. We select for those two qualities in particular! They are committed to giving customers the best possible service and the top products we can possibly produce. The environment at Ranch-Way is pro-agriculture, pro-animal and pro-people! It’s a fun place to be.

Here are some of the key personnel we employ:
Animal Scientist-Certified Technical Services Department
This group is able to consult, design custom diets, and formulate rations for all classes of commercial livestock, horses, farm animals, show livestock and avian species.

Our Vision

We firmly believe agriculture has the greatest potential to shape the future of our planet.
We are inspired by the great challenge the world has presented us — to produce enough safe, nutritious food for all, while caring for our animals, and sustaining our land, air and water for future generations. Our natural resources may be finite, but human ingenuity is infinite.

What started as one company’s vision has become a call for collaboration. As a member of the Alltech family of companies, Ranch-Way is proud to take part in Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™.

Planet of Plenty is a mission to:

  1. Elevate the agri-food sector. It’s critical we recognize agriculture’s ability to address several of the most significant issues our planet faces — nutrition, human and animal well-being, and the preservation of natural resources. We do this by telling the true, yet little-told, stories about the passionate people who are working within the agri-food sector to create a Planet of Plenty.
  2. Inspire farmers, ranchers and producers to embrace new technologies, business models and improved farm management practices.
  3. Create new business models to help our customers and grow our business.

Planet of Plenty is a vision of promise, possibility and positivity for the future. It’s our belief that a world of abundance is achievable, but it will take all of us working together.

It’s a vision that must be led by science, technology and a shared will to make a difference — to plant trees we’ll never see grow.

Sustainability means taking positive action today for the success of tomorrow. It’s a pursuit where there’s always room for improvement … and a new idea.

Visit the Planet of Plenty website and join us on the journey.