Renaissance Nutrition

Providing solutions for success
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Dana Merk-Wynne

In over 30 years, Renaissance Nutrition has become one of the largest nutrition and premix manufacturing businesses in the U.S. and continues expansion from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Canada.

Renaissance is committed to providing dairy and livestock producers with quality services, products, resources and information — whatever is needed to improve both productivity and profitability of their operation. Its highly qualified nutritional consultants are located throughout the U.S. and are an increasingly important part of the agricultural scene nationally and internationally, working hand-in- hand with producers on farms of all sizes and with all species. These consultants provide up-to-date nutritional input, balanced rationing, livestock health care information, farm management insights and agronomic products and services that can make a positive difference.

Renaissance Nutrition

Founded in 1985 by Craig Brown, its president, and headquartered in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, the company was established on the principles of offering producers the very best in products and service at reasonable prices, while using homegrown forages and feeds wherever possible. Renaissance will not simply “sell to sell.” Their consultants work with producers to determine what products and ingredients are necessary to ensure a balanced ration that can provide desired results, while impacting productivity and profitability, improving milk components, herd health and reproduction, and effectively addressing herd management and forage inputs.

A growing presence

“Renaissance” means “new birth”, representing the company’s determination to return to customer- oriented service in the nutrition, premix, feed business and agronomy. The Renaissance organization is based on Christian principles of honesty, fairness and a commitment to quality. During the past few years, the company has seen tremendous growth and development, adding to its staff of nutritional experts, expanding agronomy applications and product offerings, increasing sales and consulting staff, adding to office, manufacturing, warehousing and trucking capabilities, and moving into new geographic areas. The company provides technical features and articles for local and national publications through the research work of its own technical staff. Technical articles, along with numerous related articles are available on the company’s website,

Renaissance manufactures and distributes a complete line of nutritional supplements for dairy, beef, swine, sheep, goats, horses and poultry. Products are marketed in a variety of sizes from bags, to super sacks and bulk, in order to provide what producers need to meet their unique and individual situations. Renaissance has over 150 standard products, but 85 percent of what they produce are special mixes manufactured for individual farms to meet specific needs.

Renaissance has also developed expertise in forage production through its agronomy services, working extensively with numerous seed companies to provide research-tested hybrids and varieties that can offer improved digestibility for producers to grow. These include corn, alfalfa and soybeans, as well as numerous quality grasses, brassicas, small grains and seed mixes. This involves working closely with producers, its nutritional consultants and independent labs to ascertain the nutritional value of forages.

Evaluation is done through extensive in vitro and in situ analysis. A line of research-tested preservatives and inoculants are available to help producers maintain the nutritional content of ensiled and baled forages by aiding fermentation as well as reducing spoilage and mold. Additionally, the company has a proprietary biological growth stimulant for soil and seed, helping to maintain the necessary organic composition of productive soil on any farm.

A personal touch

Nutritional consulting is the backbone of Renaissance. Their consultants maintain personal contact with customers and prospects, visiting thousands of farms in their market area annually and bringing the most up-to-date and advanced information possible to producers. Renaissance consultants work closely with other ag-related services within each geographic area, acknowledging the importance of linkages within the industry. Their goal is twofold: to bring every producer the best information, service and products possible and to make sure their customers get a solid return on investment for every dollar they spend.

Renaissance offers customized programs, including farm management information and recommendations, professional nutritional consultation and ration balancing, herd profiles, body condition scoring, forage management and sampling, biosecurity insights and assistance, top-quality products and a team that stands solidly behind its customer-producers. This team includes the Renaissance consultant, along with dairy and livestock specialists, highly qualified nutritional and agronomic staff at the company’s Help Desk, as well as university, research and supplier contacts nationally.

Renaissance feels it is critically important to work closely with producers and their livestock… seeing how (and what) they are being fed, getting a firsthand look at body conditioning and fecal matter, production information, health and reproduction statistics, forage and feed analysis for maximum digestibility.

The future of Renaissance Nutrition is one of continued expansion, with the Midwest and West being major growth areas. They are convinced that as long as they are helping dairy farmers become more successful, they will continue to grow and develop as an organization. 

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