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Extruded Pet Foods and Treats Short Course

July 10 - July 13

2nd Annual Practical Short Course:
Extruded Pet Foods and Treats

Organized by

  • The Process Engineering Research & Development Center
  • Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
  • Extrusion Technologies Program
  • The Texas A&M University System
    College Station, Texas


Objectives of Short Course

  • Train production personnel in principles and characteristics of extruders and support systems for effective selection and operation.
  • Review current practices for preparation of pet foods and pet treats.
  • Demonstrate equipment in operation and familiarize attendees with practical aspects of extrusion technology for pet food manufacturing.


Monday, July 10, 2017

6:00 PM
Registration, hotel

6:30 PM
“Welcome, Introduction, & Announcements” – Mian N. Riaz

7:00 PM
Dinner with Cash Bar, hotel (optional)


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

7:40 AM
Bus leaves hotel for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University

8:00 AM
“Introduction to Extrusion” – Mian N. Riaz

9:15 AM
“Overview of Pet Food Nutrition” – Fabiano Cesar Sá

10:15 AM

10:30 AM
“Raw Materials for Extrusion Processing” – Galen Rokey

11:45 PM
Group Photo

12:00 PM

1:15 PM
“Material Handling: Product Conveyance, Material Flow & Distribution, and Pneumatic Conveying” – Jonathan Thorn

2:15 PM
“Non-Extruded Treats” – Galen Rokey

3:00 PM

3:15 PM
“Additives to Optimize Pet Food Quality” – Lynn Deffenbaugh

4:00 PM
– Lynn Deffenbaugh Bus leaves for PERDC for Multiple Demonstrations: Pet Treat on Single Screw Extruder

5:00 PM
Pet Treat on Twin Screw Extruder Bus Leaves for Hotel


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7:40 AM
Bus leaves hotel for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University

8:00 AM
“Extrusion Hardware and Die Design for the Production of Pet Food Products” – Galen Rokey

9:15 AM
“Preconditioning: Effects on Extrusion of Pet Food” – Topher Dohl

10:00 AM

10:15 AM
“Extruded Treats” – Galen Rokey

11:00 AM
“Automated Control of Extrusion Systems” – Topher Dohl

11:45 PM

1:00 PM
“Software Parameters and Operating Parameters” – Galen Rokey

2:00 PM
“Product Analysis and Laboratory Techniques” – Topher Dohl

2:45 PM

3:00 PM
“Pet Food and Treat Shelf Life” – Sara Cutler

4:00 PM
Bus Leaves for PERDEC for Multiple Demonstrations: Multi Shaped Pet Food on Single Screw Extruder Pet Food with Fresh Meat on Twin Screw Extruder

5:00 PM
Bus leaves for hotel


Thursday, July 13, 2017

7:40 AM
Bus leaves hotel for Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University

8:00 AM
“Drying, Cooling and Enrobing Systems” – Keith Erdley

9:00 AM
“Meat and Meat Handling in the Pet Food Industry” – Patrick Burke

10:00 AM

10:15 AM
“Food Safety and Extrusion Systems” – Leah Wilkinson

11:15 AM
“Cutting and Sizing of Pet Food and Treats” – Tim Reminga

12:00 PM
Graduation Lunch

1:15 PM
“Baked Pet Foods” – Brett Cutler

2:15 PM
“Pet Food Color 101: Synthetic and Natural Colors for Pet Products” – Jeff Plodzien

2:45 PM

3:00 PM
“Troubleshooting: Ensuring a Smooth Running Extrusion Operation” – Galen Rokey

4:00 PM
Bus leaves for PERDC for Demonstrations: Baked Pet Food Treats Surface Coating of Pet Foods

5:00 PM
Bus Leaves for Hotel



Reservations for lodging should be made directly by attendee. A block of rooms has been reserved at the College Station Hilton and Conference Center for short course participants at the special rate of $119/night plus tax for single or double occupancy. Ask for the rate specifically and mention the Group Code “PET17.” Hotel reservations must be received before June 16, 2017 in order to get special rate; the special rate DOES NOT APPLY before July 10 or after July 13. You can make your reservation by telephone, fax, or the internet:

College Station Hilton & Conference Center 801 University Drive East College Station, Texas 77840, USA Tel: 979.693.7500; FAX: 979.260.1931 www.hiltoncs.com

When faxing or emailing hotel reservations, please include a credit card number to confirm your reservation, and also include your departure and arrival dates.


Easterwood Airport at College Station is easily reached by about eight flights daily. From Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport connect via American Airlines. From Houston Intercontinental Airport connect via United Airlines. The airport code for Easterwood Airport is CLL. To get to the hotel in College Station, participants can call the Hilton hotel (979.693.7500) upon arrival at Easterwood Airport for courtesy van service or schedule a pickup with GroundShuttle.com (855.303.4415) from George Bush Intercontinental airport (IAH) or Houston Hobby airport (HOB).

Pet Food Extraction


The registration fee for the short course and pilot plant demonstrations include Monday evening mixer, daily lunch, refreshments at breaks, local transportation, a short course eBook manual, and certificate of completion. Registration fee is $1195 if paid in full by June 16, 2017. After this date, registration fee is $1295. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available upon request. An OPTIONAL black&white paper manual/binder is available for an additional $200 fee. There is a 10% registration discount if three or more individuals from the same organization register for the short course. Academic discounts may be applicable if space is available. Registration fees are not refundable, but substitute personnel may be sent by the same firm. Space is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted on a first- come, first-served basis.

You can pay by credit card (American Express, Visa, or Master Card) online or by telephone.

If paying by check, make payable to TEES (Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station) and mail to TEES Fiscal Office c/o TEES EDGE Program, 7607 Eastmark Dr. Suite 250D, College Station, TX 77840. Mail the registration form and a photocopy of your check to Cyndi Casanova, Short Course Coordinator (see address below).

For registration inquiries, contact:

Cyndi Casanova

Short Course Coordinator
Process Engineering R&D Center
Phone: (979) 845-2741
Fax: (979) 845-2744
E-mail: shortcourse@tamu.edu

Location And Facilities

All lectures will be held at Rudder Tower, Texas A&M University Campus. College Station temperatures in July are from 75-95°F (24-35°C). Participants will be taken by bus to the Process Engineering R&D Center (Texas A&M RELLIS Campus) for afternoon demonstrations. Manuals and lectures will be in English. Translation equipment is available by prior arrangement for organized groups willing to provide their own translators.

Short Course Conduct

All short course sessions will be informal. Insurance policies do not allow non-university personnel, other than original manufacturers, to operate equipment. Questions are encouraged during the lectures, breaks, and social periods. Laptops are allowed in the classroom to follow the presentations in the short course eBook manual. If you require WiFi access during the conference, please inform the Short Course Coordinator when you register (the hotel has its own WiFi access and is separate from the conference). Rights to cancel this course with refund, to deny service, to substitute speakers, and to change schedules, as necessary to expedite the course, are reserved. Texas A&M University System policy does not allow inclusion of alcoholic beverages in registration fees.


Patrick Burke, President and CEO, Omaha Industries, Inc.

Brett Cutler, Field Service Manager, Baker Perkins Inc.

Dr. Sara Cutler, Technical Service Manager, Kemin Nutrisurance

Dr. Lynn Deffenbaugh, Technical Services Manager, Kemin Nutrisurance, Inc.

Christopher (Topher) Dohl, Research Coordinator, Wenger Manufacturing Company

Keith Erdley, Technical Manager, Drying Technology, Wenger Manufacturing Company

Gerry Hertzel, Research Coordinator & Technical Service, Wenger Manufacturing Company

Chris Mack, Senior Research Associate, Extrusion Technology Program, Process Engineering R&D Center

Jeff Plodzien, Chemist III Confections and Pet Food, Sensient Food Colors LLC.

Dr. Mian N. Riaz, Head, Extrusion Technology Program, Process Engineering R&D Center

Engineering R&D Center Tim Reminga, Account Manager, Baker Perkins Inc.

Dr. Fabiano Cesar Sá, Companion Animal Nutritionist, Wenger Manufacturing Company

Jonathan Thorn, Executive Director of Process Technology, Schenck Process LLC

Leah Wilkinson, Vice President of Legislative, Regulatory and State Affairs, American Feed Industry Association

Additional Information

For additional technical information contact:

Dr. Mian N. Riaz

Process Engineering R&D Center
Texas A&M University System
College Station, Texas 77843-2476 U.S.A.
Tel: (979) 845-2774
Fax: (979) 845-2744
E-Mail: mnriaz@tamu.edu



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