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Ohio State University builds new feed mill

More than $5.5 million has been granted tpo build a new Wooster feed mill run by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at Ohio State University (OSU). The current feed mill is out of date and worn out.

Steve Slack, director of OARDC, said OSU needs a new feed mill to study the nutrition of livestock animals such as dairy cows, poultry and swine. The funding for the project was approved by the Ohio controlling board, which administers state funds. He said the mill produces feed for a couple thousand animals that are part of OSU agricultural research programmes. None of the animal feed is sold commercially.

Pioneering work in animal nutrition
He said research on farm animal feed is important not only in terms of the animal products people eat, but also in terms of what animal nutrition tells us about human nutrition. "Most of our nutritional knowledge for humans is based on pioneering work with animals in the early last century," he said. To be able to do good research quality and purity of the formulated feed is critical" he said.

Slack said he expects the new feed mill to be running sometime in 2008.

External link:
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Centre

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