Poultry research projects

The turkey research facilities at the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center provide about 29,000 square feet in animal housing, 4400 square feet in work space, 20,000 square feet in feed and equipment storage and office space and 1900 square feet in exhibit space. Four buildings used in research have pen configurations ranging from 12 to 50 pens a room. One building remodeled with the assistance of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association is used for demonstrating turkey production practices. Research collaborations exist with faculty from other departments of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and the College of Veterinary Medicine and with other universities and industries.

Turkey nutrition and management

This research aims to improve commercial turkey production and well-being through examination of feed, nutrition and management practices.

Research impacts

  • Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) was found to be an acceptable and economical feed ingredient in market turkey diets for up to 20 percent of the diet using guidelines established through feeding studies.
  • Energy and protein content of market turkey diets is a major determinant of growth performance and profitability.
  • Ammonia emission determined over a one-year period will add to the national inventory for air emissions for animal feeding operations.
  • Vaccination for avian metapneumovirus was effective when administered to poults as an aerosol in a specially designed spray cabinet.