Schothorst Feed Research opened two new facilities geared toward nutrition research on Oct. 1, 2010.

A new layer facility will focus on testing an environment that will become common in the European Union (EU) after cages are banned. The Veranda aviary system will house 26,000 chickens in 80 experimental units of 330 layers each. Studies will include those on the interaction between nutrition and behavior, ammonia emission and registration for the EU.

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The dairy facility will house 220 milking cows with 120 individual feeding units. This setup allows for nutrition experiments with fresh cows year-round.