AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s new $7.1 million Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center, a state-of-the-art academic and research feed production facility located on a 50-acre site north of the main campus, officially opened Friday, Nov. 16, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by university administrators and representatives of the poultry and feed mill industries.
“The new Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center at Auburn is the result of a great partnership between the university and agribusiness,” Auburn President Jay Gogue said.
The feed mill has had strong industry support since plans began taking shape in early 2008, when a technical advisory committee that included poultry nutritionists and feed mill personnel was formed to provide input on the facility’s design and equipment. Thus far, more than 40 corporations have donated to the facility, including $750,000 in equipment.
AUBURN – Auburn University broke ground March 30 on a $6.3 million facility designed to help animal industries in Alabama and beyond ensure production of the highest quality feed.
Animal scientists say that high-quality, nutritious feed is key to the success of any poultry, livestock or fish farming operation. Despite the essential roles that nutrition and feed play in supporting animal industries, few U.S. universities have focused their attention on this subject.
With strong academic programs in the animal sciences, including a comprehensive Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University recognized that need several years ago and began formulating plans for a cutting-edge animal nutrition facility. Those plans have come to fruition as construction now begins for the Auburn University Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center located north of Auburn off Auburn Lakes Road.
AUBURN – The Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University have achieved accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International. The association is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.
“AAALAC International accreditation is considered the gold standard in independently evaluating animal programs across the globe,” said John Mason, Auburn University vice president for research. “The animal use programs in the two colleges were commended for providing quality and responsible care of laboratory and research animals reviewed during a comprehensive and rigorous week-long site visit by six independent program experts from across the United States.”
AUBURN – Research by an Auburn University doctoral student is drawing connections in science magazines to Kevin Bacon, the Hollywood actor whose name has become synonymous in the popular culture with social networks among celebrities.
However, Theo Manno, a doctoral candidate in biological sciences, has found three degrees of separation, on average, not six, among his subjects, none of which are the famous actor, and none of which are American or even human. Yet Manno’s research on free-ranging, wild Columbian ground squirrels in Alberta, Canada, found some parallels with human social activity.