Faculty members at Auburn University are partnering with ADM Animal Nutrition to conduct experiments in poultry feed enzymes.
The research will look at feed mill enzyme processing stability and live broiler chicken growth and digestibility at the Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center. Students will work with ADM’s other research and development facilities around the globe to develop poultry enzyme products. Enzymes in poultry diets can increase the efficiency of digestion, allowing feed producers greater flexibility in the types of raw materials that can be used in feed formulation.
As part of this partnership, ADM Cares had given $80,000 to Auburn in support of Department of Poultry Science faculty members Charles and Jessica Starkey’s multispecies research and teaching program.
“Working with ADM will not only help accelerate our research, but it will directly benefit our students through diverse, hands-on educational experiences in our lab and through internship and networking opportunities,” said Charles Starkey, assistant professor of poultry science.
ADM Animal Nutrition is a manufacturer of feed products, supplements, premixes, custom ingredient blends and specialty feed ingredients. The company traces its roots back to the 1800s. In the early 1990s, it built the largest Lysine plant in the world to supply essential amino acids to the animal feed industry.
The Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center sits on 30 acres in north Auburn and features a processing plant and several support facilities. The facilities currently include the Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center – Alabama Poultry and Egg Association Feed Mill, the National Poultry Technology Center’s testing facility, replicated pen facilities for poultry nutrition and management research and an administration and education building.