Research Centers

Animal Nutrition 

Calf Research Center:
The Calf Research Center in the Netherlands conducts research into nutritionally related aspects of veal and pink meat production. Research focus areas include the ‘Life Start sets Life Performance’ concept, milk replacers, feed ingredients, feed efficiency, animal health and animal welfare. 

Food Research Center:
The Food Research Center in Spain develops poultry meat processing technology, new products and innovative packaging. Food safety is an important focus area. The facilities include a pilot plant, a kitchen, a panel room for tasting trials and a microbiology laboratory. 

Ingredients Research Center:
The Ingredient Research Center in the Netherlands assesses newly identified potential ingredients for feed. Researchers evaluate the nutritional and functional content of ingredients and any bioactivity that may contribute to animal health and product quality. The center has dedicated laboratories where researchers can conduct several different kinds of analyses, such as molecular biology, microbiology, immunology and in vitro assays. 

Nutreco Canada Agresearch:
Nutreco Canada Agresearch is a multispecies R&D center with separate units for broilers, layers, turkeys, swine and dairy. It is Canada’s largest corporate animal R&D facility and one of the largest in North America. Its location in the University of Guelph Research Park allows for collaborative research with academic, government and industrial researchers. Research focuses on quantitative nutrition, including nutritional values, diet formulation and feeding program design. The major emphasis is on dynamic simulation models used to understand and predict input-output relations in the production of meat and milk. In 2012, it continued its poultry modeling R&D work, while the digestive physiology of ruminants was added as a focus area to apply gut health platform findings to cattle.

Poultry Research Center:
The Poultry Research Center in Spain is a large research center with facilities for broilers, broiler breeders, laying hens, and rabbits. There is a special unit for physiological and digestion studies and facilities for optimizing nutrition for animals in different housing systems. A research feed plant provides the feed needed for these research activities and a laboratory undertakes any required nutritional analyses. 

Ruminant Research Center:
The research team of the Ruminant Research Center in the Netherlands has expertise in dairy, beef and small ruminant nutrition. At the dairy research farm, individual feed intakes are monitored, including the separate intake patterns of concentrates and roughage, both during the dry period and lactation. This research contributes to the development of products, concepts and nutritional models. The research area of efficient beef production has been added to the portfolio. In 2012 beef cattle were added to the herd specifically for this purpose. 

Swine Research Center:
The Swine Research Center in the Netherlands has facilities for sows, piglets and growing pigs and a special unit equipped for physiological and digestion studies. The animal health unit testing products under suboptimal conditions has contributed to innovations in gut health. Electronic pig identification and data collection systems are used to monitor individual feed intake behavior, health and performance and to assess feeding regimes, from the piglet stage to finishing pigs. In 2012, construction began on new sow and piglet research facilities that are expected to be completed by mid-2013.    


Skretting Aquaculture Research Center:
Skretting Aquaculture Research Center (ARC) is the global research organization for Skretting. It employs an international team of highly skilled specialists, supported by a substantial annual investment in R&D. Thirty of about 70 employees are researchers and staff represent at least 20 nationalities. It collaborates with many universities, research institutes and private companies across the globe. In its home base in Norway, Skretting ARC has a pilot-scale feed technology plant. In the Mediterranean, feed developments for freshwater trout are assessed at the trial station in northern Italy. With regard to sea bass and sea bream and other species, research is conducted in different institutes in the region, coordinated by the research unit in Spain. In China a new ARC Hezhoubei Research Station is located in Guangdong province, primarily for shrimp research. Research can be performed both in tanks and in ponds.