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Disciplined science with a customer focus

Cargill animal nutrition lab in ItalyCargill is a global leader in animal nutrition science due to our strong customer focus paired with a disciplined, scientific approach to nutrients and animal metabolism. This approach has deep roots, beginning in 1958 with a group of dedicated researchers who established a research farm in Elk River, Minnesota. That research farm became our Innovation Campus, recognized around the world as a state-of-the-art research and technologies center that maintains a strong commitment to customer success.

Our scientists, deployment managers and consultants can offer customers:

  • Proven expertise in animal nutrition research
  • An extensive knowledge of raw materials, nutrients and nutrient metabolism
  • Comprehensive experience in applications, product development and production processes
  • Expert technical services
  • A network of intellectual asset professionals to safeguard the technical ideas, solutions and agreements that are yours exclusively or that we develop together
  • Regulatory support to help you enter target markets around the world

These are just some of the ways our people work closely with customers to help grow their business while supporting animal health and productivity.

A global network of innovative research

The Innovation Campus in Elk River, Minnesota is the hub of the Cargill Animal Science Technology Development Center. Our laboratories in Songtan, Korea and Spessa, Italy support and enhance our commitment to state-of-the-art research and development that includes customers as an integral part of the team.

Our capabilities start with a deep understanding of the nutrient needs of animals and  of the nutrient composition of the ingredients used to meet those needs. At the Innovation Campus and in our laboratories around the world, we use Near Infra-Red Reflectance Spectoscopy, or NIRS, a technology that uses light to measure nutrients in ingredient samples. This fundamental technology supports our formulation systems. Each year, scientists in our global laboratories scan more than 600,000 samples to determine nutrient quantity and quality. The information is maintained in databases for our scientists and product development teams around the world to support their work with customers.

Safety and integrity

Our work goes beyond animal nutrition and feed ingredients. It also encompasses feed safety, quality assurance of ingredients, product integrity and food safety, and the production of quality, reliable feed through standardized processes. We are committed to excellence at every step of the feed manufacturing and food production process.

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