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The NC State Feed Science Program is designed to meet the training needs of students and professionals in the feed manufacturing industry. Courses are designed to assist student development in the feed milling minor as well as feed industry trainees, supervisors and assistant managers.


NC State offers a Minor in Feed Milling to students pursuing a degree in the Departments of Animal Science, Biological and Agricultural Engineering or Poultry Science. Students can add the minor to their bachelor’s degree.

The Minor in Feed Milling is designed to provide a foundation in animal feed milling technology. The objectives of the minor are for the student to: acquire an understanding of the functions of a modern feed mill; to learn procedures to assist in operating a feed mill; and to apply academic skills to the challenges of operating a manufacturing facility.

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NC State offers a Graduate Certificate in Feed Science to students holding a BS in a related field.

The Graduate Certificate in Feed Science prepares professionals or current degree program students to work in the feed industry. The program provides an advanced foundation in feed science technology, animal nutrition and formulation and feed industry leadership.

The Graduate Certificate may be obtained separately or in conjunction with any of the diploma-based degrees in the department or other departments within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Individuals working in the feed industry can earn a Certificate in Feed Science from NC State.

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The Feed Mill Education Unit supplies research feed to the chicken, turkey, swine and small ruminant units adjacent to the feed mill at the University Field Laboratories.

The faculty and staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at NC State are interested in pursuing collaborative research projects with the allied feed industry, animal producers and other universities.

The feed mill can manufacture precision-research feed in batches from 50 to 4,000 pounds. The feed mill has 4 mixers (100 pounds, 500 pounds, 1,000 pounds and 4,000 pounds). There are 1-ton and 10-ton/hour pelleting and fat-coating systems, allowing the feed mill to manufacture pelleted feed for small experiments and large field studies. Mash feed can be produced with either a hammer mill or roller mill. Feed samples and manufacturing data can be collected throughout the manufacturing process.