June 24, 2015


Cargill opens animal nutrition technology application centre in Hebei, China



The RMB38 million (US$8.22 million) investment will help Chinese customers leverage and apply the global industry's best technology for dairy cattle and sows.

Animal producers are working to deliver more protein to feed a growing population, while also using fewer resources. To help customers in China leverage and apply the best possible feed technologies to help them grow their businesses and wisely use resources, Cargill has established the new Technology Application Center (TAC) in Bazhou, Hebei, China.


"The Cargill Animal Nutrition R&D and applications teams work every day to bring our customers the best solutions for making their businesses as successful as possible," said Scott Ainslie, global strategic marketing and technology director for Cargill's animal nutrition business. "Our TACs are designed to evaluate and test the application of Cargill technology under local conditions. This TAC allows us to more quickly deliver new products and services that are customised to meet the specific requirements of our customers in China."


The TAC operates with 120 lactating dairy cattle and 280 sows, and focuses on technology applications to improve animal performance, lower diet costs, reduce nitrogen and phosphorus excretion, and enhance animal health.


The TAC is the latest of Cargill's 14 animal nutrition research and technology centres globally.


"By leveraging our two global R&D Innovation Centers and learnings from our other 11 TACs to design and execute feed nutrition solutions based on local requirements and customer goals, the new Hebei TAC allows our Chinese customers to tap into best possible solutions from around the world," added Jason Shelton, global technology application director for Cargill's animal nutrition business.


For instance, the Hebei team recently tapped into Cargill's proprietary global nutrient formulating platform, Cargill Nutrition System (CNS), to discover a proven solution for formulating low protein diets for pigs that improve animal performance and yet reduce nitrogen and phosphorus excretion during production. The solution has had success in Europe and the United States and will be tested and optimised for Chinese customers at the Hebei TAC.

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