Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center
Though Auburn already has an internationally recognized Department of Poultry Science, we are building a new comprehensive “farm”, the Charles C. Miller, Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center that will significantly advance the university’s standing as a global leader in poultry research, instruction and outreach. This new Center will allow the Department to realize its vision of becoming the premiere poultry education and research program and will allow us to combine facilities in a systems approach to support our unique “farm-to-fork” philosophy.
OUR BUILDING PROJECT ADVANCES
The new Center is located on a 30 acre site at North Auburn. At present, approximately 40% of the envisioned buildings of the Miller center have been completed and we will begin on the remaining buildings such as hatchery, processing plant, teaching labs, etc. needed to achieve the complete Center. New buildings will progressively be constructed as funding is obtained. The Miller Center ultimately will replace the existing poultry farm that was built over 40 years ago. As of August 2017, the Miller consists of the following facilities:
- Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center-Alabama Poultry and Egg Association Feed Mill
- The National Poultry Technology Center’s Testing Facility
- Replicated Pen Facilities for Poultry Nutrition and Management Related Research
- Administration and Education Building (August 2018)
Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center
The Alabama Poultry and Egg Association Feed Mill and Animal Nutrition Building is a state-of-the-art facility uniquely designed and positioned to advance feed manufacturing and technology in the southeastern USA and beyond. This mission strongly complements our other departmental teaching, research, and extension efforts to serve all phases of the poultry industry. With this mission to serve the industry in mind, we have utilized a modular design for our feed mill. This approach, along with utilizing equipment representative of industry standards, greatly enhances our research and educational programs. Specifically, this facility has been designed and is operated to achieve the following:
- Enhance Auburn’s Teaching Mission by Providing Hands-on Experiences for our Students
- Increase Process Control to Meet Research Needs Well into the Future
- Expand Auburn’s Extension Mission via Industry Educational Courses.
The Administration-Education Building
The fifth facility of the Miller Center is the Administration-Education Building. It is currently under construction with a completion date of early 2018. Progress on construction can be viewed on a live webcam. This 8,000 square foot facility will serve as the Miller Center’s flagship building, and be the major support and education hub for the overall Center as well as the Center’s gateway. At the center of this building will be a 1,700 square foot auditorium to support educational and training programs. Additionally, approximately 1,200 square feet have been designated for an interactive visitors center devoted to the Alabama Poultry Industry, in which the Alabama Poultry Hall of Fame will be showcased. Through this display, we will feature the past, present and future of the poultry industry in an interactive and dynamic manner, which you can see in our brochure.
National Poultry Technology Center
The NPTC‘s mission is to improve bottom line profitability of the live production sector of the US poultry industry by providing timely applied research and education that contributes to increased efficiencies in housing, equipment, energy and environmental control. The emphasis of the NPTC will be on improved efficiency, effectiveness, and economic viability of poultry production facilities. Specific thrust areas:
- New energy sources for and improved energy efficiency of facilities.
- Equipment advances for environmental conditions in facilities for optimal growth of birds.
- Improved structural adequacy and longevity of facilities. • Engineering-related environmental quality issues.
- Possible interactions between engineering issues in the production phase and food safety of poultry products.
Miller Center Pen Facilities
In early 2017, we opened two new “floor pen” facilities, MC-1 and MC-2, in which highly replicated broiler trials related to nutrition, performance, management, etc. can be conducted. Both facilities are enclosed all- metal structures to provide precise environmental control and strict biosecurity. MC-1 has two identical ends which can accommodate 72 replicated pens each, while MC-2 has one unit capable of accommodating up to 96 replicated pens. Both facilities offer superb support areas to accommodate a wide array of research needs.