AUBURN, Ala. – On March 30, construction work began on the $6.3 million Auburn Univ. Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center, designed to help ensure production of the highest quality feed.

Auburn Univ., with academic programs in the animal sciences, including a comprehensive Department of Poultry Science, recognized the need for a facility dedicated to poultry feed several years ago and began developing plans to build a modern animal nutrition facility.

"This new facility significantly advances Auburn's teaching, research and extension efforts in the critical areas of feed science, technology and manufacturing," said Don Conner, head of Auburn's Poultry Science Department.

A modular facility design is being incorporated to allow for flexibility needed in a research and educational feed mill. Equipment reflecting industry standards are at the heart of this facility and leading feed mill equipment suppliers are helping to equip the facility. The feed mill will be the first poultry science facility at Auburn's north campus, with a targeted completion date of December 2011.

The new facility will offer the technology and equipment to meet research needs, expand Auburn's outreach efforts via industry short courses for the feed and poultry industries, provide Auburn students with hands-on training in feed manufacturing and science, enhance outreach and proprietary research programs via contracting/leasing arrangements between Auburn and private companies and provide feed for Auburn Univ.’s research and teaching animals, a news release states.

Auburn Univ. monies, private donations and in-kind equipment donations are funding the new center, but fund-raising efforts continue. For more information, email or