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We provide protein to a hungry world.

A Rare Breed

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science is one of only six land-grant academic departments in the U.S. dedicated to poultry science. We produce nearly a third of all poultry science graduates.

Our complete career-preparation pipeline – with abundant scholarship opportunities and a 95% job placement rate – ensures that our graduates go out into the world ready to make real impact.

Poultry production leads North Carolina’s agricultural economy, producing almost 10% of the nation’s product. Those 800 million broilers, 36 million turkeys and 3 billion eggs bring in $3.9 billion a year.

And our department is front and center, fueling innovation and producing its next generation of leaders.

A Next-Level Feed Mill

The NC State Feed Mill Education Unit supports the extension, research and teaching efforts of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science, as well as the Departments of Animal Science and Biological Agricultural Engineering. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the Feed Mill provides our students and faculty with unparalleled hands-on learning opportunities and serves as a valuable resource for industry partners statewide.

The NC State feed mill manufactures feed for all the animals at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory

Get to Know Us

The Prestage Department of Poultry Science offers two poultry science degree tracks: a technology-focused degree to prepare students for a career in agribusiness, and a science-focused degree that prepares students for graduate or professional school. We also provide a very popular poultry science minor.

Our slate of advanced degrees features three master’s options and a comprehensive Ph.D. program that include one-of-a-kind mentoring opportunities with our acclaimed faculty.

Outside the classroom, our faculty and students are engaged in research and extension activities that span the globe.

Prestage Poultry Science student in lab testing egg.