A new feed mill, designed to produce high-quality feed in a user-friendly environment, has been opened at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's C. Oran Little Research Center in Woodford County.
The former mill was destroyed by fire in May 2013.
The new mill is poised to take on the task of feeding thousands of animals — including sheep, swine, poultry and cattle — every day with expanded mixing capacity with four stainless steel mixers — a two-ton mixer, one-ton mixer, 1,000-pound mixer and a 500-pound mixer.
"This state-of-the-art feed center greatly enhances our feed-mixing capabilities and will improve our nutritional research efforts through more precise blending of diets to targeted nutrient levels," said Richard Coffey, chair of the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences. "Additionally, the computer-controlled automation and expanded ability to handle prepared diets in bulk makes this feed center much more user-friendly than our previous feed mills for those responsible for preparing diets."
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The new mill has the same footprint as the old mill, but the storage silos were placed in a different location. The mill allows the staff to accurately mix simple and more complex diets and is automated in many ways, which is a very important feature for effective research.
"Our research on nutritional management must be as accurate as it can be, because the information is used to recommend feeding systems for producers in Kentucky and beyond," said Nancy Cox, dean of the college and director of the Kentucky Experiment Station. "With this new feed mill, we are confident our recommendations can serve our industries as well as individual owners."