Cargill has completed an expansion at its Global Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Velddriel, The Netherlands, to improve poultry research facilities.
Designed to serve dairy, poultry and swine customers, the Center includes new poultry nutrition research facilities, new guest viewing corridors and the collective knowhow of its Netherlands-based animal nutrition experts.
"We wanted to find the best way to satisfy the nutrition research and development needs of our customers," said Dave Cook, research & development director for Cargill's animal nutrition business. "So, we designed a facility we believe will promote collaboration among our experts as well as those from local universities to accelerate innovation and allow us to more quickly deliver new products and services to our customers."
The $3.7 million expansion and renovation comprises a new broiler grow-out facility and broiler breeder facility. Both were designed to meet or exceed all European regulations and to provide additional capabilities.
The broiler breeder facility, Cargill said, allows its scientists to investigate the impact of the hen's nutrition on the performance of its offspring.
"We can collect the fertile eggs, incubate them and not only look at fertility and hatchability but also subsequent performance," Cook said.
The Global Innovation Center hosts more than 3000 visitors a year and the new viewing corridors will allow visitors to view the animal R&D facilities without changing footwear or clothes, improving hygiene standards.
Cargill maintains another nutrition research center in Elk River, Minn. Together, The Netherlands and Minnesota facilities serve as the hub of the company's global network of 15 animal nutrition research and technology centers.