Animal Science

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Leaders in Livestock Production, Animal Health and Research

Minnesota's strength in animal science is reflected in top rankings in livestock and livestock products nationwide. From animal feeds, to swine genetics, to robotic technologies for agricultural applications, animal science research institutions and companies thrive in Minnesota.

According to the 2012 data by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Agriculture Statistics Service, Minnesota ranks first in turkeys raised, third in hogs and pigs, sixth in red meat production, sixth in milk cows, and seventh in milk production.

Minnesota is home to the Jennie-O Turkey Store, the largest turkey processor in the nation. 

The University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine was rated the ninth-best veterinary school in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2011).

Minnesota’s post-secondary institutions granted more than 455 degrees in farm and ranch management and animal-related fields (2011-2012). 

Top Animal Science Companies

Cargill Animal Nutrition
(Animal feeds)

CHS Animal Nutrition
(Animal feeds)

Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC
(Animal feeds)

Bimeda
(Animal health products)

Newport Laboratories
(Veterinary biologics)

Epitopix LLC
(Veterinary vaccines)


The smaller firms of Babcock Genetics and Nova Tech Engineering offer swine genetic services and hatching technologies services.

Source: Hoovers Database, company websites.

Research and Development 

Minnesota's public and private facilities are in the forefront of research and development addressing a wide variety of animal health and science concerns:

• The Cargill Animal Nutrition Innovation Campus is the hub of the Cargill Animal Science Technology Development Center. 

• The University of Minnesota’s Poultry Technical and Research facility on the St. Paul Campus provides two buildings for teaching and research. 

• The University of Minnesota’s Swine Center develops an infrastructure to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to research for solving pork industry problems

• The University of Minnesota’s Mid Central Research serves as a home to a bioscience research laboratory, educational partnerships and business development resources, and a regional extension office for the University.