Best Practices in exporting alfalfa

Ensuring Top Quality and Timely Delivery

Ensuring top-notch quality is the cornerstone of our export process. Our experienced team meticulously inspects each lot of alfalfa, takes core samples according to NFTA standards, and only utilizes NFTA certified laboratories to analyze its nutrient content and overall quality.

Best practices in alfalfa export

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National Forage Testing Association

The National Forage Testing Association (NFTA) is a prominent organization dedicated to advancing the science and practice of forage testing and analysis. Founded with a mission to ensure the highest standards of quality in the forage industry, the NFTA plays a crucial role in supporting farmers, livestock producers, and the overall agricultural community. By promoting accurate and reliable forage testing methods, the NFTA empowers stakeholders to make informed decisions about livestock feed and forage management, leading to healthier animals and improved farm productivity.

One of the primary goals of the NFTA is to establish and maintain standardized testing protocols that allow for consistent and precise evaluation of forage quality. Through collaboration with industry experts and research institutions, the association continually refines testing procedures, ensuring they remain up-to-date with the latest scientific advancements. This commitment to excellence ensures that farmers and consumers alike can trust the results obtained from NFTA-accredited labs, allowing for accurate comparisons of forage products and informed buying decisions.

The National Forage Testing Association is an essential partner in the pursuit of excellence in the forage industry. Its dedication to accuracy, standardization, and education sets the benchmark for forage testing practices, benefitting farmers, livestock producers, and consumers alike. Through the NFTA’s unwavering commitment to advancing forage science, the agricultural community can confidently make informed choices, leading to the well-being and prosperity of both animals and farms.


At The Gombos Company, exporting alfalfa hay is not just a series of processes; it’s an art perfected over years of experience and expertise and a way of life. Our commitment to excellence drives us to follow industry best practices, ensuring that our customers around the world receive the highest quality alfalfa products. Let us take you through our approach to best practices in exporting alfalfa hay, covering sourcing, quality control, packaging, and transportation. By understanding the significance of these best practices, you’ll gain insight into how we guarantee consistent quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction.

Sourcing Alfalfa

The journey of exporting alfalfa hay begins with careful sourcing in accordance with customer requirements relative to objective qualities (the science), subjective qualities (the art), origin, and the needs of the end-user–the customer’s customers. We collaborate with trusted growers all around the western United States who share our passion for quality and sustainability. Our alfalfa is grown in the most favorable climates, ensuring rich nutrient content and optimal growth. By working with dedicated producers, we maintain full control over the quality and traceability of our alfalfa, right from the U.S. farm to the overseas dairy or animal feed facility.

Quality Control

Ensuring top-notch quality is the cornerstone of our export process. Our experienced team meticulously inspects each lot of alfalfa at every step of the supply chain process from the time of acquisition to inbound storage, staging, processing, and loading. At the acquisition stage, core samples are taken according to NFTA standards, and we only utilizes NFTA certified laboratories to analyze the hay’s nutrient content and overall quality. In every stage, we are always on the lookout for anything that may effect quality and visual appearance. This rigorous quality control ensures that our alfalfa meets and exceeds industry standards, providing your livestock with the finest nourishment available.

Packaging for Protection

Packaging plays a critical role in preserving the freshness and nutritional value of alfalfa during transit. We use specially designed double compression technology that maintains the integrity of the hay and prevent damage. Our half-cut strapped bales are designed specifically for small, mom-and-pop dairies and similar feed operations with ease of handling, separating, and feeding in mind. Likewise, our large sleeve bales range from 430-450kg and are designed for large dairy and feed operations with mass production of TMR a daily priority. Our robust packaging protects the alfalfa from moisture, mold, and other external factors, safeguarding its quality until it reaches your farm.

Efficient Transportation

A crucial aspect of our best practices is ensuring the efficient transportation of alfalfa from the United States to overseas markets. In addition to our in-house assets, we partner with reputable freight providers who have extensive experience in handling agricultural shipments whether inbounding with a 53′ dry van from a farm to export processing facility, or drayage from the export processing facility to the seaport. In addition, work directly with all major steamship lines to ensure lowest cost and highest value of all sea freight products and services, all of which are passed directly to customers. This allows us to streamline the logistics process, reducing transit times and minimizing delays. With our well-established logistics network (along with our ability to source and ship from all west coast ports), we guarantee timely delivery of alfalfa to meet your livestock’s dietary needs.

best practices in alfalfa export

Customer Satisfaction

Above all, our best practices revolve around customer satisfaction. We understand the importance of a reliable supply chain and ensure open communication throughout the export process. Our dedicated customer support team is always available to address any concerns or inquiries promptly. We value the trust you place in us and are committed to providing you with the best possible service.


Exporting alfalfa hay is not just a business for us; it’s a passion-driven endeavor to deliver the highest quality forage to your livestock. Our best practices encompass every stage of the export process, from sourcing to delivery, to ensure that you receive nothing but the best. With The Gombos Company, you can rest assured that our expertise and commitment to excellence will enhance the well-being and performance of your animals. Experience the difference of partnering with a company that goes above and beyond to ensure your satisfaction.

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