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August 11, 2009

Poultry science hosts Chinese group

Chinese poultry delegation

N.C. State's Poultry Science Department and Feed Science Program continues to expand its extension and outreach programs. In June, the department hosted a group of 30 workshop participants from China. Participants attended a Poultry Production and Feed Manufacturing Workshop at N.C. State, sponsored by the American Soybean Association International Marketing office in Beijing, China. The participants work for poultry production and feed manufacturing companies located throughout China.

The group attended lectures and worked in laboratories on campus and at the Feed Mill Education Unit located on Lake Wheeler Road. The group toured the Mountaire Farms feed mill in Candor, Southern States feed mill in Farmville, Cargill soy processing plant in Raleigh, East Coast Soy Processor in Pantego and Reggie Strickland’s soybean farm in North Carolina.

Cooperative Extension specialists in poultry science and biological and agricultural engineering presented the workshops. Topics included: broiler breeder and incubation management (Mike Wineland), layer nutrition and management (Ken Anderson), broiler nutrition and management (Edgar Oviedo), bio-security and disease control (Donna Carver), ventilation and brooding (Sanjay Shah), feed manufacturing processes (Peter Ferket) and feed mill operations and management (Charles Stark).

The group also completed a feed mill quality assurance laboratory and manufactured feed using the new state-of-the art Repete® automation system at the Feed Mill Education Unit. The group toured the JC Raulston Arboretum, met with members of the N.C. Soybean Board and attended a pig pick’n. The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for participants, faculty and staff to share experiences and ideas that will improve poultry production and feed manufacturing throughout the world.

-C. Stark

Posted by Natalie at August 11, 2009 08:23 AM