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Extruded Pet Foods and Treats Short Course

July 9 - July 12

3rd 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 9, 2018

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 10, 2018

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

8:00 AM
“Introduction and Principles of Extrusion” – Mian N. Riaz

9:15 AM
“Overview of Pet Food Nutrition” – Alaina Mooney

10:15 AM

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

11:45 AM
Group Photo

12:00 PM

1:15 PM
“Bulk Material Handling in Extrusion Processes” – 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
Bus leaves for PERDC for Multiple Demonstrations: Pet Treat on Single Screw Extruder Pet Treat on Twin Screw Extruder

5:00 PM
Bus Leaves for Hotel


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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 AM

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

1:45 PM
“Product Analysis and Laboratory Techniques” – Alaina Mooney

2:30 PM

2:45 PM
“Pet Food and Treat Shelf Life” – Sara Cutler

3:45 PM
“Fundamentals of Drying” – Keith Erdley

4:30 PM
Bus leaves for PERDC for Multiple Demonstration: Multi Shaped pet Food on Single Screw Extruder Pet Food with Fresh Meat on Twin Screw Extruder


Thursday, July 12, 2018

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

8:00 AM
“Cooling and Coating Systems” – Keith Erdley

8:45 AM
“Meat and Meat Handling in the Pet Food Industry” – Patrick Burke

9:45 AM

10:00 AM
“Food Safety and Extrusion Systems” – Leah Wilkinson

11:00 AM
“Cutting and Sizing of Pet Food and Treats” – Brett Cutler

11:45 AM
Graduation Lunch

1:00 PM
“Baked Pet Foods” – Brett Cutler

2:00 PM
“Pet Food Color 101: Synthetic and Natural Colors for Pet Products” – Jeff Plodzien

2:30 PM

2:45 PM
“NIR Analyzer on Ingredients and Pet Feed” – Josh Hudson

3:15 PM
“Troubleshooting: Ensuring a Smooth Running Extrusion Operation” – Galen Rokey

4:15 PM
Bus Leaves for PERDC for Demonstrations: Surface Coating of Pet Foods NIR Analyzer on Ingredients and Pet Feed



Reservations for lodging should be made directly by attendee. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites for short course participants at the special rate of $124/night plus tax for single occupancy or double occupancy.  This rate includes a free full breakfast as well as free shuttle to and from the College Station airport.  Ask for the rate specifically and mention the Group Code ‘PET’.  Hotel reservations must be received before June 11, 2018 in order to get this special rate; the special rate DOES NOT APPLY before July 09 or after July 12. You can make reservation by telephone, fax, e-mail or internet:

Embassy Suites
201 University Drive East
College Station, Texas 77840 USA.
Tel: 979-260-6000

Fax: 979-260-6001


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 Embassy Suites (979.260.6000) 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 11, 2018. 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.

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 250 D, College Station, TX 77840.

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

Dr. Josh Hudson, Southwest Regional Manager, Perten Instruments

Chris Mack, Senior Research Associate, Extrusion Technology Program, Process Engineering R&D Center, Texas A&M University

Alaina Mooney, Technical Analyst, Nutrition Manager, Wenger Manufacturing Company

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

Stephen Prince, Research Assistant, Extrusion Technology Program, Process Engineering R&D Center, Texas A&M University

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

Galen Rokey, Process Technology Director, Companion Animal Division, Wenger Manufacturing Company

Kerry Thomas Sr., Technical Assistant, Extrusion Technology Program, Process Engineering R&D Center, Texas A&M University

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

To view photos of past Past Short Courses click here.


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