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CALS hosts group from China at Poultry Production and Feed Manufacturing Workshop


The group from China consisted of about 30 members.
Photo courtesy Charles Stark

Ever expanding extension and out reach programs, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Poultry Science Department and Feed Science Program recently welcomed 30 visitors from China who participated in a Poultry Production and Feed Manufacturing Workshop on the N.C. State campus.

The June workshop was 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 participated in laboratories on campus and at the Feed Mill Education Unit, Lake Wheeler Road. They also 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 North Carolina soybean farm.

The workshop included lectures presented by CALS Extension specialists in poultry science and biological and agricultural engineering. Among the topics: 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 participants toured the Ralston Arboretum, met with members of the N.C. Soybean Board and attended a Pig Pickin’. 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.