“Show Feeds for all Levels of Competition ~ Quality from Top to Bottom”

For more information:
Tom Keane: 309-341-5977
Steve Miller: 309-208-9067
Mike Orns: 309-208-9060
Drew Stollard: 309-208-5650
Brett Beyers: 815-848-3549
Mark Tol: 815-343-2404
Brice Hintzsche: 815-721-2845
Chuck Lemenager: (815) 867-7011

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Earlybird entered the nutrition industry selling complete feeds in 1979.  In 1985, manufactured feed processing began at the old El Paso mill.  Earlybird began feed manufacturing in our current Goodfield facility in 1995 and we have really never stopped the expansion.

Earlybird strives to provide the best nutritional diets for your operation. We offer a large line of proven complete feeds for many species of animals or the flexibility to customize a feeding program to fit all your individual needs.

Our 500lb minimum on custom blends is a trait that separates us from many in the industry. We provide bagged and bulk feed delivery options as well as feed discounts on orders 500 pounds and larger that you pick up at the mill.


Earlybird Nutritional Representatives

Steve Miller
(309) 208-9067
Steve has 30 years of nutritional sales experience with the last 25 at Earlybird. Steve is a certified Equine Stable Consultant.  He currently does a lot of the ordering at Earlybird and is involved with feed mill capital projects.  While Steve handles nutritional sales in equine, cattle, and swine, he is also an expert in many of our specialty feed areas, such as; Poultry, Bird, Aquaculture, Pet, Pet Specialty, Sheep & Goats. He graduated from Iowa State with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science.


Mike Orns
(309) 208-9060
Mike grew up on a grain and dairy farm south of El Paso Illinois.  Mike joined the team at Earlybird in 1995 running the old feed mill in El Paso.  In 1998, Mike stepped into full-time sales focusing on dairy and beef.  He became the Nutritional Department Manager in 2008.  Mike has 20 years’ experience in the livestock nutrition industry.  Mike focuses on providing the highest quality product with the best possible service. He graduated with a B.S. Degree in Agribusiness from Bob Jones University in South Carolina. 


Drew Stollard
(309) 208-5650
Drew grew up on a Hereford cattle farm in Bethany Illinois.  Growing up, Drew showed at the state and national levels and was active in 4-H, FFA, and the Illinois Hereford association.  He graduated from Lakeland College and later Illinois State University with a degree in AG Business.  Drew has worked with Angus cattle the last 10 years after arriving at Illinois State and has been showing Angus and Herefords ever since. He has been with Earlybird the last 4 years and with strong emphasis in cattle and show cattle feed sales. 


Tom Keane
(309) 341-5977
Tom has 34 years of experience in the livestock nutritional industry. He works out of the Stronghurst facility and with a heavy emphasis in commercial feedlot cattle, cow/calf, and show cattle. Tom and his brother own and operate the family farm as well as a cattle finishing operation. In the last few years with Earlybird he has significantly helped increase our commercial cattle feed sales and extended our total service range west towards the Iowa state line.


Brett Beyers
(815) 848-3549
Brett has been involved in the Swine industry since he was in high school. While in college, Brett was a member of the livestock judging teams at Lake Land College and Western Illinois University. He has worked in various roles of the swine industry since graduating from college, most recently as a wean-to-finish supervisor for Lehmann Bros. Farms, LLC. Brett currently owns and operates Beyers Farms in partnership with his brother, Todd. They sell competitive Duroc showpigs and breeding stock throughout the country. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United Duroc Swine Registry and sets on the Executive Board of the National Swine Registry. Brett lives in Sibley, IL, with his wife, Jodi, and 4 children, Brooke, Lane, Kinley, and Keaton. Brett is available immediately to assist you with any of your livestock nutritional questions.


Mark Tol
(815) 343-2404
Mark has spent a lifetime in the livestock industry. His great work ethic was developed while growing up on a Dairy farm in Minnesota. He has extensive experience managing both large and small swine facilities, cattle feedlots, and a large cow/calf operation. Mark and his wife Jan have been married 28 years and have two sons, Joshua and Jacob. Both sons showed cattle successfully at the local and national level. Mark has enjoyed being a 4-H leader over the years and supporting local FFA. Mark is available immediately to assist you with any of your livestock nutritional questions.


Brice Hintzsche
(815) 721-2845
Brice is a recent graduate of Iowa State and prior at Joliet Junior College. He comes to Earlybird with a strong background in the swine industry and a wealth of existing knowledge of our products and customers. We are confident Brice will help us grow while continuing to provide excellent customer service.


Chuck Lemenager
(815) 867-7011
Chuck comes to Earlybird with a lifetime of experience in the livestock industry, the last 21 years as a livestock buyer. He also runs 80 cows with his brother Luke. Together, they enjoy helping Junior exhibitors in all aspects of the show industry. Chuck's wife Tori and children Grace and Curt are also involved with the cattle operation and usually close by during cattle shows. Chuck immediately strengthens our already solid sales team. His reputation on the state and national show cattle arena only solidifies our image in the industry. His passion for helping young people in show industry makes him a perfect fit into our team. He will handle all species of livestock