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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 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, seventh in size of dairy herd, and eighth 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 and World Report (2015).

Each year, Minnesota's post-secondary institutions grant hundreds of degrees in farm and ranch management and animal-related fields.

Read our Fact Sheet on Biosciences and on the Dairy Industry.

Minnesota Animal Science Companies

Here is a sampling of the companies in this sector:

Animal Nutrition

Archer Daniels Midland

Cargill Animal Nutrition and Feed

Central Farm Service

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC

Animal Health Products

Bimeda

Epitopix LLC

Merck Animal Health

ProtaTek International Inc.

Animal Diagnostics/ Genetics

Babcock Genetics

Newport Laboratories

Nova-Tech Engineering

 

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:

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