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FEED QUARTERLY: UNIVERSITY UNVEILS NEW FEED TECHNOLOGY CENTER

work with novel ingredients, and the ability to do work
to improve the efficiency of ingredient utilization, "
Johnson said. " We can improve animal efficiency, which
will allow us to produce more animal protein with less
input. That's going to be important to meet demands for
animal protein that will double in the coming years. "
Long overdue
While the old feed mill consistently produced feed the
last 95 years for animals raised in campus facilities,
that's about all the obsolete facility could do.
" It's badly outdated, the technology and the equipment, " Johnson said. " It's not a facility that lends itself
to academic programs or outreach activities. It's not really a safe environment to take students in to. A new
facility is long overdue. "
The Feed Technology Center includes a Wenger
extruder and auxiliary processing equipment.

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We will have the ability
to do research that results
in real-time diet formulation,
the ability to work with
novel ingredients, and
the ability to do work to
improve the efficiency of
ingredient utilization
Rodney Johnson, head of the University of
Illinois' animal sciences department
Over time, the land around the facility was developed so that it is now virtually surrounded by athletic
facilities and the university's Research Park.
" The department needed a new feed mill and the
university would be happy to repurpose the land
where the current feed mill sits, " Johnson said.
" Those were two driving factors (in building the new
center). "
The vision for a new feed mill facility started 20
years ago but construction was held up by funding constraints. With the public-private model in place, construction was able to start in June 2019. Johnson said
they were hoping the mill would have been done in the
fall, but like most construction projects, there were a
few issues that have since been addressed. Fortunately,
the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic did not have a
significant impact.
" The construction company had very good plans, "
he said. " They were good at pivoting and making
adjustments. "
ASI Industrial served as the construction company
for the project and also provided equipment for the
center.
The Feed Technology Center capabilities are integrated to provide full system services that include storage of grain and specialized diet ingredients; precise
diet formulations; milling, ingredient processing; and
pre-mixing, mixing, pelleting, extruding, crumbling,
bagging and delivery of animal diets.
It includes 200,000 bushels of grain storage, sized
to accommodate the grain that is produced on the
university's farms, Johnson said. AGCO donated
three GSI 42-foot, 15-ring bins with accessories including power sweeps, floors, fans, sidewall stairs
and full peak walkaround. Receiving capacity is
2,500 bph and includes a 250-bph GSI dryer.
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