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Volume 49, December 2019  Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein, ghavenst [AT] ncsu [DOT] edu 

 

2020 wpc  

World's Poultry Congres 2020

16-20 August, Paris, France

Scholarship Awards

During the XXVI World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France in 2020 Scholarship Awards for respectively the WPSA Paul B. Siegel Research Award and the WPSA Education Award are going to be presented.
Information about the awards and the nominations, which should be received at least six months before the Congress can be found here.
The deadline for receipt of submissions will be 1st March 2020.
Nominations must be send by e-mail to wpsa [AT] xs4all [DOT] nl. One hard copy of the complete nomination should be send to Dr R.W.A.W. (Roel) Mulder, Secretary WPSA, PO Box 31, 7360 AA Beekbergen, The Netherlands.
In case you want to send the nominations by Courier Service, please e-mail wpsa [AT] xs4all [DOT] nl for the address (courier services cannot deliver to a PO Box).
To show how awards are utilized, those nominated must, if successful, undertake to present a report of their work at the next World’s Poultry Congress following the one at which the award was made.

International Poultry Hall of Fame

The next presentation of members for the International Poultry Hall of Fame (IPHF) will take place at the next World’s Poultry Science Congress in Paris, France in 2020.
To have enough time to prepare the election for the International Poultry Hall of Fame the nominations of individuals should start as soon as possible.
You can find the guidelines for the nomination and election procedure and the instruction sheet for the 2020 Hall of Fame selection here.
Branches with less than 100 members have the right to nominate 1 candidate. Branches with more than 100 members have the right to nominate 2 candidates for the International Poultry Hall of Fame.
If your Branch intends to nominate a candidate or candidates for the IPHF you should pay attention to the deadline for the nomination: December 31st, 2019.

Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay Competition

At the latest Board meeting, held during the Poultry Science Association (PSA) meeting in Montréal, Canada, it was decided to start the Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay competition.
Five travel awards ($2000 each) will be made available on a competitive basis to full time graduate students for attendance at the XXVI World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France, 16-20 August 2020. The original essay of up to 2000 words should address the topic ‘The possible role of the World’s Poultry Science Association in education’. The 5 winners should come from different continents, they have to be a member in 2019 and must be between the ages of 18-30.
The details for the Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay competition are published on the website and you can download the guidelines. Deadline is 1st February 2020.

Nominating Advisory Committee (NAC)

Preparations are underway for the formation of a Nominating Advisory Committee (NAC), which committee is in charge of seeking candidates for the WPSA Board 2020-2024. The NAC will be chaired by Dr Mamduh Sifri. Branches and members can propose candidates for the offices of President, five Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer.
Further information can be found in the WPSA Constitution and By-laws (Constitution article IV-5 and By-Laws article II-8 through 11).

World's Poultry Congress 2024

The Board of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) has received three bids to organise the World’s Poultry Congress 2024. The bidding Branches are Argentina (Buenos Aires), Canada/Mexico/USA (Toronto) and South Africa (Cape Town).
In the Constitution it is stated that if there are more than two bids, an electronic vote of the Council will be conducted to pre-select two finalists (WPSA By-Laws, Article III-4).
The winner of the bid will be selected by the Council by secret ballot during the Council meeting, which will be held at WPC2020 in Paris.

59 Branches were eligible for the pre-selection, 33 branches took the opportunity to send their votes.
After receiving the ballot forms the following result was obtained:
Argentina        Buenos Aires 113 votes
Canada           Toronto           120 votes
South Africa    Cape Town     143 votes

The Canada/Mexico/USA bid and the South Africa bid therefore are selected to the final ballot during the Council meeting, 18 August 2020, Paris, France.

Updates on the above mentioned topics will be publsihed on the WPSA website under the heading !! WPC2020 !!.

   

Abstract Submission and Registration for WPC2020

Abstract submission and registration for WPC2020 are open. Click here for details.

 

Executive Committee

Secretary's Report

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World’s Poultry Congress 2020 Paris, France
Preparations are underway for the Council meeting during the next WPC. One of the main points on the agenda of the Council meeting will be the election of the city and country for the next World’s Poultry Congress in 2024. There have been 3 bids to hold the WPC 2024. According to our Constitution and By-Laws, branches are voting which two candidates cities will be forwarded to official vote during the Council meeting. The candidate cities are: Cape Town proposed by the South Africa branch and Toronto proposed by the Canada/USA/Mexica branches.

Branches have also been informed on nomination procedures for the WPSA Paul B. Siegel Research Award; the WPSA Education Award; Inductees into The International Poultry Hall of Fame; and, for the Nominating Advisory Committee (i.e., the committee in charge of seeking candidates to serve on WPSA’s board for the years 2020-2024). For the NAC, Branches and members can propose candidate names to be considered by the NAC for service on the board. Further information and all guidelines for each of these committees are available on www.wpsa.com under WPC2020.

WPSA presence at exhibitions and conferences
In 2020, WPSA will be present during many events. Examples are the exhibitions IPPE, Atlanta, USA, VIV MEA, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Victam Asia and Animal Health and Nutrition, Bangkok, Thailand and the scientific meetings, the Mediterranean Poultry Summit, 25-27 March 2020, Cordoba, Spain and the 1st Poultry Nutrition symposium 25-26 March 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. Information on the programmes can be found on www.mpn-wpsa.org/spain2020 and the WPSA Calendar.

Promotional materials of WPSA, the World’s Poultry Science Journal, WPC 2020 in Paris, France, symposia and conferences will be on display. We expect to meet with many members during these events. Members and all interested persons are invited to attend the events and to meet many other WPSA members and representatives.

WPSA World’s Poultry Science Journal
Starting 2020 the World’s Poultry Science Journal will be hosted and produced by Taylor and Francis Publishers.

WPSA programmes
WPSA has several programmes to support members and branches. Details on the Travel Grant programmes, the Speakers’ Bureau programme and proposals for Branch Development can be found on the WPSA website under Support. Criteria for eligibility are published together with the (different) deadlines for the individual programmes. Please follow the instructions as inaccurate, incomplete and late applications have to be rejected.

Cooperation with the organization on World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH)
The WVEPAH, a non-profit organization organizes training courses on poultry (for 3 à 4 weeks) in several countries. More details are on www.wvepah.org. All activities will also be announced on our website and in the WPS Journal.

Dr Roel Mulder

Treasurer's Report

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This quarter has been an active one, with much activity in Latin and South America. In October, I was pleased to attend Ovum 2019 in Lima, Peru. Prior to my arrival the Peruvians, after some years of inactivity, had reorganized their Branch. Of great assistance to me, both before and during the meeting, were Branch members Dr Eliana Icochea and Dr Alfredo Condemarin (new Branch President). With their local assistance, I was able to put together a WPSA Student Breakfast Meeting, the day before the start of Ovum 2019. 

Students from different parts of the country made their way to Lima for the event. I gave the first talk on students using WPSA for their professional development. I spoke in English, but all my slides had been translated into Spanish by Benjamin Ruiz (Watt Publishing). I also gave the history of WPSA and my personal history of working with poultry and the poultry industry. Dr Icochea spoke next, followed by Dr Condemarin, and then Dr Cobian (Pres of AMEVEA, Peru). The former President of the Mexico Branch, Dr Carlos Lopez Coello, gave an emotional short address to the students about seizing opportunities and making a lifelong career in poultry.

A nice brunch was served to the students and they ate heartily. Some of them had arisen at 2:30 AM and taken a 3 hour bus ride to be present. Even after the Programme ended and all the food was gone, the students lingered and visited with the adult poultry scientists. Those of us in the latter group, all left with full hearts.

We now have our nucleus of student members in the Peru Branch. Two have already contacted me about applying for Travel Grants. I see much promise in the revitalized Branch.

Past President Edir da Silva joined me to staff a WPSA booth at Ovum 2019. Dr Icochea secured a table for WPSA in the booth of the Scientific University of the South. The booth actually backed up to the booth of Gonzaga University in Chincha. All of their students, who had travelled to Lima, attended the WPSA Student Breakfast. So we had guardian angels in those students and their professor.

During the course of the event, I was able to meet with representatives of several Branches and collect their dues. We also met with a contingent from Cuba, who want to reactivate their Branch. In addition to members from South America, I had interactions with the Mexico Branch officers and met the new President of ANECA.

I have been contacted by many student members interested in using WPSA Travel Grants in 2020. Of course, interest in attending WPC - Paris is very high. I am delighted to be working with many of those students and their major professors.

My warmest wishes to you and your families as you celebrate your end of the year holidays.

Dr Francine Bradley, Treasurer


World's Poultry Congress 2020, Paris, France

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It is with great pleasure that the French branch of WPSA invites you to attend the 26th World Poultry Congress in Paris, from 16th to 20th August 2020. Our ambition is to prepare an attractive congress for the benefit of a large number of participants from all over the world. We will be giving special consideration to the Mediterranean and African Poultry Networks, by offering them the possibility of holding specific satellite symposia, and we are also planning to organise a symposium with FAO. As usual for a WPC, the programme will include an exhibition for companies within the Congress Centre, and we will offer a Youth programme as well as a Young Scientist programme. We plan to make the scientific programme highly interactive and interdisciplinary.

Registration: In order to insure your participation to this prestigious event, you can now register and benefit from the Early bird registration fees until December 31st, 2019. Please join us in Paris at the Palais des Congress (Porte Maillot) on August 16-20, and meet more than 3000 delegates from over 100 countries.

Submission: The WPC programme will feature object-oriented sessions integrating various approaches to address a complex challenge, and specialized sessions corresponding with the scope of our WPSA working groups. In addition, 11 plenary talks will address major issues for the poultry sector as a whole and will take place all day on Monday August 17 and on the morning of Thursday August 20. You have until December 31st 2019 as the very last day to submit your work for an oral or e-poster presentation. Please consider this as a strong deadline as there will be no date extension.

Renowned speakers from all continents of the world will be involved with WPC2020 and will speak on the following topics:

• Nutrition
• Breeding and Genetics
• Egg Quality
• Poultry Meat Quality
• Reproduction
• Hygiene and Pathology
• Waterfowl
• Poultry Welfare and Management
• Turkeys
• Education and Information
• Physiology

http://www.wpcparis2020.com/ 


Newly Compiled List of Poultry Educational Resources

In her role as one of the Vice Presidents of the WPSA, Julie Roberts from the Australian Branch has compiled a list of Poultry Educational Resources which are available free of charge via the internet. Some of the web sites listed also have resources for sale. However, the focus of this list is resources which are free and therefore available to all members.

The list is posted on the WPSA website, and will always be a ‘work in progress’ as some resources become available and added, or others, if they are out of date or no longer available, will be removed from the internet list.

If members are aware of other resources that are available that could be added to the list, please contact Mrs Dorien Velner at the main office by email: wpsa [AT] xs4all [DOT] nl with the title of the resource, how to access it and a short description.

All entries will be checked on a regular basis to make sure that they continue to be available, however if you find any irregularities, please contact us at wpsa [AT] xs4all [DOT] nl


European Federation

The next European Poultry Conference will be held in Valencia, Spain in 2022. A full report for EPC2018 was published in the December 2018 issue of the WPSJ.

The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and on into 2021. A list of most of our upcoming conferences may be found on the WPSA Calendar at www.wpsa.com
News from several European Federation Working Groups are provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News

WG2

2021 espnThe Italian Branch will host the 23rd edition of European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) which will be held at the Palacongressi of Rimini (Italy) from September 20-23, 2021. The city of Rimini, is an ideal place for the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition and the modern as well as eco-friendly venue is the perfect stage for the event. Many attendees including both poultry research scientists and practitioners, leading speakers from across the world joining together to explore the past, share the present and helping to forge the future of poultry meat science. More details are already available at the symposium website: https://www.espn2021.eu/.

WG5

Poultry Meat Quality

2021 Eggmeat logo EMQThe next ‘XXV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat’ will be conjointly held with the ‘XIX European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products’ from June 21 to 23, 2021 in Kraków, Poland. Please visit http://www.eggmeat2021.com/ to keep yourself updated. Special reduced registration fees will be available for WPSA members and students. We will look forward to seeing all of you there. Prominent invited speakers from American and European Institutions will address emerging issues on poultry meat and egg production. A new website will be developed and registration information will be provided in the near future.


Asia Pacific Federation

The host for the upcoming 12th APPC was named during the General Meeting, and the China Branch will host that event.

2020 apf poultry nutrition symposiumThe Asia Pacific Federation is organising a Poultry Nutrition Symposium on 25 & 26 March 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. The programme is available on the WPSA website.
For more information please contact Dr Nasir Mukhtar, nmukhtar [AT] uaar [DOT] edu [DOT] pk

WPSA Asian-Pacific Working Group News

A/P WG3

Ratites

There will be Ratite Research Sessions during the upcoming World Poultry Congress in Paris, France from 16-20 August 2020. Please send any suggestions for contributions and topics to anele [AT] elsenburg [DOT] com.

Researchers involved in research on any Ratites (ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries or kiwis) are asked to contact the Ratite Group. Please send an email to: anele [AT] elsenburg [DOT] com.


Anel Engelbrecht, Chair


7th Mediterranean Poulty Summit

The Mediterranean Poultry Network has planning underway for the 7th Mediterranean Poultry Summit that will be held at the University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Spain during Mach 25-27 2020. The website is: www.mpn-wpsa.org. Following are several tentative dates for you to plan for this conference.

Important Dates:

Conference Dates    March 25-27, 2020
Preliminary Notification of Abstract Acceptance   December 1, 2019
Early Bird Registration   December 21, 2019
Final Notification of Abstract Acceptance   December 21, 2019
Full Paper Submission Deadline   December 31, 2019
Registration Deadline   March 25, 2020

Carlos Garcés Narro <cgarces [AT] uchceu [DOT] es>


World's Poultry Science Journal

From 2020 the World’s Poultry Science Journal will be published by Taylor & Francis. If you have requested an online subscription as part of your membership, you will receive an email from Taylor & Francis before the end of the year with instructions on how to access WPSJ online from the new website www.tandfonline.com/TWPS. Please ensure that you add '@tandfonline.com' to your safe senders list to ensure these types of emails are not sent to your spam folder or blocked by your service provider. Should you have any questions about your online access please contact support [AT] tandfonline [DOT] com”.

Upcoming articles

Articles in upcoming Journal(s)

  • E.A. Awad - Prebiotics supplementation: An effective approach to mitigate the detrimental effects of heat stress in broiler chickens
  • T.R. Kannaki - Marek's disease: Time to review the emerging threat in Indian poultry
  • J.-J. Chen - Chromolaena odorata as a potential feed additive bioresource to alleviate heat strss in chickens in the humid tropics
  • A. Salamon - The double-yolked egg: from the 'miracle of packaging' to nature's 'mistake'
  • O. Olgun - Evaluation of dietary presence or use of cadmium in poultry
  • M. Tixier-Boichard - From the jungle fowl to highly-performing chickens: are we reaching limits?

Summaries

Prebiotics supplementation: An effective approach to mitigate the detrimental effects of heat stress in broiler chickens

E.A. AWAD, I. ZULKIFLI, S. RAMIAH, E.S. KHALIL and M.E. ABDALLH

As a consequence of global warming and food security issues, heat stress has become an emerging problem. Heat stress causes huge economic losses in the broiler industry that negatively affects the production performance of chickens. Therefore, a variety of strategies have been examined for mitigating the heat stress problem. Among these strategies, the use of prebiotics has received increasing interest due to the beneficial effects of prebiotics on the health and production of heat-stressed broilers. The evidence from existing studies suggests that prebiotics can mitigate the negative effects of heat stress on broiler chickens by benefiting the intestinal microbiota, gut morphology, oxidative status, physiological stress response and subsequently growth performance of broiler chickens. For instance, prebiotics given to heat-stressed broilers at a dose as low as 0.025% have been shown to improve the feed intake, body weight gain and feed efficiency by 7.5, 9.9 and 2.3%, respectively. This review summarises the recent findings on prebiotics as an effective approach to improve the well-being, health and growth performance of broilers under heat stress conditions.

Marek’s disease: Time to review the emerging threat in Indian Poultry

T.R. KANNAKI and V. GOWTHAMAN

Marek’s disease (MD) is one of the re-emerging diseases in Indian poultry. MD outbreaks are reported from different parts of the country in spite of vaccination, causing major economic losses. Flock mortality of 10-40% was observed in vaccinated flocks during outbreaks, although MD is well controlled with vaccination. Almost 100% of the commercial poultry flocks are vaccinated at hatchery level. Bivalent (HVT+SB1 or HVT+301B/1) or monovalent (HVT) vaccines are used in India. In spite of the intensive vaccination practice, outbreaks are being reported from different parts of the world including India. MD virus (MDV) Indian field isolates from different outbreaks during last decade are categorised into virulent (vMDV) and very virulent (vvMDV) pathotypes based on different serotype 1 specific gene sequencing and in vivo pathotyping. The emergence of virulence in MDV is attributed to compromised bio-security, concurrent immunosuppressive diseases and vaccination failure. MD outbreaks in vaccinated flocks of Indian poultry flocks cause annual loss of approximately 4 crore Indian rupees. Country-wide surveillance and reporting of MD outbreaks and further characterization of the Indian field isolate should be taken as a priority. Reviewing the current vaccination strategy, and examining the need for the introduction of more effective vaccines that give better protection against the more virulent strains should be considered with equal importance along with improved bio-security measures, management practices and more effective control of immunosuppressive diseases.

Chromolaena odorata as a potential feed additive bioresource to alleviate heat stress in chickens in the humid tropics

K.A. LARTEY, D.-J. KANG, Q.-H. ZHANG, C.-Q. SHI, F. YANG, H.-Y. LIN, R. GOONERATNE and J.-J. CHEN

Chromolaena odorata contains polyphenols and antioxidant enzymes that activate biology defence mechanisms and stress-sensing transcription factors to prevent oxidative damage and heat stress in chicken. Dietary inclusions of C. odorata leaf meal at 12%, and C. odorata crude flavonoids at 400 mg/kg/d exerted competitive exclusion to enhance gut eubiosis, humoral immunity, hypoglycaemia and metabolic functions, necessary to attenuate oxidative stress in chickens. Ethanol extract of the herbal plant at 25 – 400 µg/mL showed a strong antioxidant capacity in vitro, similar to 10- 80 µg/mL standard ascorbic acid. Chromomoric acid C- 1 from C. odorata methanol extract, at 10 µg also demonstrated anti-inflammatory potential by activating Nrf2 and suppressing NF-κB in a luciferase reporter assay at inhibition capacity (IC50) of 6.9 µM. These biological defence properties of the obnoxious weed have potential to maintain gut microbial homeostasis and gut integrity, enhance antioxidative physiologies for cellular oxidative balance, and mitigate oxidative damage required to alleviate heat stress. The invading nature of the plant in the humid tropics makes it a readily available and cheap bioresource. Hepatotoxic, mutagenic and cytotoxic evaluations suggest the aerial parts of the herbal plant is a safe bioresource for animal nutrition and sub-therapeutical uses.

The double-yolked egg: from the ‘miracle of packaging’ to nature’s ‘mistake’

A. SALAMON and J.P. KENT

Double-yolked (DY) eggs were mostly described in domestic precocial species, and are rarely found in nature. It is estimated that 1-3% of domestic hen and duck eggs are DY.

DY eggs occur when two yolks are encapsulated in a single shell and therefore differ from SY eggs in their external and internal characteristics. In previous decades DY eggs were distinguished from SY eggs only by their external characteristics, and this proved to be wrong, as over 40% of DY eggs have similar external characteristics in terms of size and shape to SY eggs. The internal characteristics of DY eggs constrain their fertility. Yolks in DY eggs tend to be smaller, probably ovulated early and are thus immature, having a significant negative impact on their reproductive potential with lower fertility levels. Further, the presence of a second yolk facilitates additional albumen secretion with the size of each yolk determining the additional amount secreted. This creates a primacy effect, i.e. the first yolk in the oviduct could be fertilized, but the second may not be. The unique yolk and embryo positioning is associated with low hatchability. These factors reduce the reproductive potential of DY egg yolks individually or cumulatively. Thus the above supports the view that DY eggs are nature’s ‘mistake’ and are viewed here as an extreme end of a normal distribution of variation and is unlikely to evolve further in avian species. However, there is still potential for further non-invasive research using DY eggs, especially in studies of factors affecting fertility.

Evaluation of dietary presence or use of cadmium in poultry

O.OLGUN, A.Ö. YILDIZ and A. ŞAHIN

Cadmium is a heavy metal and non-essential for animals. In practice, cadmium toxicity is quite rare in farm animals because the level of cadmium in commercial diets is very low. However, cadmium-contaminated feedstuffs in the diet may cause toxicity. The cadmium, which is absorbed from digestive system, accumulates in the body tissues, primarily kidney and liver, and causes metabolic and physiological inconveniences in the body. Hereby, economic losses occur due to the decrease in feed intake and egg production. It will cause mortality depending on the level and duration of exposure to cadmium. The toxic level of cadmium varies according to the bird species and their ages. Chickens are more sensitive to cadmium toxicity than quails. Lower dietary cadmium doses (<10 mg/kg) have positive effects on production performance and eggshell quality, but higher doses of cadmium (>10 mg/kg) cause economic losses due to worsening productive performance and eggshell quality in poultry. Dietary zinc, selenium, vitamins and plant extracts will help to eliminate the negative consequences of cadmium contamination in feedstuff. However, further studies are needed to determine the toxic level of cadmium, and the possible positive effects of cadmium on performance and product quality when used at lower doses in poultry.

From the jungle fowl to highly-performing chickens: are we reaching limits?

M. TIXIER-BOICHARD

The cumulated effects of domestication and subsequent selection by humans have led to an impressive diversification of the chicken, at the phenotypic level as well as the genome level. In theory, selection may reach a plateau when all favourable alleles have reached fixation. Yet, current data in poultry show that selection response can still take place after 50 generations of selection or more. The mechanisms maintaining selection response in closed populations may involve recombination, mutation and epistatic interactions. Furthermore, the continuous addition of new selection criteria can delay the possible limit associated to single trait selection. Thus, selection response is mainly threatened by inbreeding which occurs as a consequence of a narrow genetic base and/or a poor management of genetic variability within the population. Biological limits are encountered when selection is degrading fitness traits to a point that the survival of individuals is affected. Biological limits induced by extreme performance can be by-passed by adapting the breeding program, introducing new selection criteria, changing the management or developing remedial technologies. Extreme situations affecting bird welfare raise ethical issues. Lameness in broilers or spontaneous bone breakage in layers are painful and one may question whether such pain is justified by the human need for protein consumption. Regulations or market requirements may be set up to limit the performance at a level which is compatible with animal welfare, resulting in a voluntary limit to selection. Furthermore, highly performing animals need a very well controlled environment with high quality diets, which may divert food resources from humans and may not be sustainable. Breeding objectives have to integrate environmental impact and robustness towards the use of alternative feed sources, in addition to production level, product quality, health and welfare status.



Branch News

Austria

Conference on November 8th, 2019 - Successful conference in Upper Austria

On the 8th November 2019, the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) Branch Austria held its second conference titled "Feeding, housing and management – challenges for the broiler industry regarding foot pad health” in Kremsmünster, Upper Austria. To the delight of the organisers, the event was fully booked.

More than 100 participants informed themselves in an interdisciplinary context about the multitude factors that lead to foot pad lesions and measures to prevent this problem.

The speakers highlighted the topic from various perspectives: aspects of health status, management, feeding and stable climate were discussed intensively by participants from the poultry industry, feed industry, research, veterinarians and practitioners.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Martin Gierus, Chairman of the WPSA Branch Austria, was pleased about the successful conference, which was attended by guests from Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands and Austria: "The great response to our event shows the demand for a joint exchange within the entire poultry industry and confirmed the topic selection “foot pad health” as a current issue that finds exceptionally interest. We are pleased about the great concern, that reinforces our determination to continue with activities and to follow our goals as part of the WPSA.”

Prior to this event, the Austrian Branch also launched a new website http://www.wpsa-austria.at. With this new tool, online conference registration was possible and organization and communication with all members of the Austrian Branch will be improved.

Azerbaijan

On April 26, 2019, a Scientific-Practical Seminar on ‘Current Situation and Development Perspectives of Breeding Poultry’ was held at the Scientific-Research Institute of Animal Husbandry (SRIAH) with support of WPSA.

2020 december azerbaijanThe seminar was attended by representatives of the Goygol District Executive Authorities, the Ministry of Agriculture, members of the WPSA Azerbaijan branch, experts from ASAU, the Agriculture and Plant Protection research Institute, the Zoology and Veterinary Research Institutes, poultry experts, and representatives of large poultry factories (Mususlu, Sabah, Marcan broilers, Milas Agro), and farmers.

Speakers at the seminar made extensive reports on the current state of the industry, human resources, the industry’s primary problems, potential solutions for those problems, and prospects for industry development. Questions from the participants were answered.

The seminar was devoted to the development of poultry farming in progressive ways in the republic. Although it was on the eve of nearly full provision for our country in terms of eggs and poultry production, during the seminar many issues were considered. This seminar also presented the current situation for the global poultry sector and its future trends, and discusses the challenges the poultry sector is facing.

It was noted that the lack of poultry farms in the country and the development of poultry eggs in the republic did not fully meet the poultry development programme in the republic. The creation of new Breeding Farms was also considered as the most important issue of the day in order to eliminate the lack of breeding eggs in the country.

Eggs imported from the foreign countries due to the scarcity of hatching eggs in our country, sometimes bring with them pathogens that cause diseases. Thus, the quality of hatching eggs in the republic is one of the most important issues. It was noted that there is a great need for the help of competent organizations to resolve these issues.

During the seminar, it was emphasized that the demand for poultry meat in Azerbaijan has recently been almost completely taken care of with local production. Poultry farmers, however, face some difficulties, and most importantly, lack of breeder farms in the country.

Breeder farms have been established within some poultry companies. Simply these laboratories need special laboratories to detect the genetic potential of highly productive bird crosses. State-supported test stations are needed.

At the trial testing stations, the physiological characteristics of the birds living in an area of the Republic, and their resistance to diseases, and the level of breeding in the country should be checked, and then must be provided to the poultry producers. One of the challenges facing entrepreneurs is fodder production.

It is true that factories producing feed for poultry have been built in the Balakan, Imishli and Ganja regions of the country. Accordingly, a breeder research farm should be established in the Scientific Research Institute of Animal Husbandry, and research work should be carried out in this direction, where selection and testing should be carried out. As a result, new bird crosses and lines, as well as breeds should be created, and they should be investigated to increase productivity. This work should be organized in Azerbaijan and our poultry scientists are ready for cooperation with scientists and other members of WPSA. The first problem of poultry sector in Azerbaijan is lack of breeder stock.

The most important areas for research is on those factors that decrease the cost of producing poultry, as well as on other factors that reduce other difficulties in this field, is that Azerbaijan does not have a breeding work.

It was noted that establishment of breeding farms is very costly, so it was necessary to establish breeder farms for producing hatching eggs and to support farmers with the production of healthy quality commercial chicks. It was also noted at the workshop that experience sharing should be widely used to strengthen human resources in the Breeding Farms.

The Azerbaijan branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association believes that cooperation, worldwide experience and support in breeding poultry will have positive influences on development of this field in our country.

November 18, 2019, Scientific-Practical Seminar ‘Innovative Approach in Poultry’ held at SRIAH with the support of WPSA.

On November 18, 2019 a scientific-practical seminar on ‘Innovative Approaches in Poultry’ was held at the Azerbaijan Scientific-Research Institute of Animal Husbandry of the Agrarian Science and Innovation Center through the support of the World Poultry Science Association. The seminar was attended by representatives of small and large poultry farms operating in different regions of the country, livestock farmers, ASAU students, research institutions and members of the Azerbaijan Branch of WPSA.

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The Director of the Scientific Research Institute of Animal Husbandry, Mahir Hajiyev, and also President of Azerbaijan’s WPSA Branch, opened the seminar referring to on-going reforms in the agricultural sector. He said that the implementation of intensive methods of meeting the population's demand for meat and meat products is of particular importance. In particular, the development of indoor and semi-enclosed poultry production as a new field for livestock production is based on modern world experience. At present, the number of birds in all economic categories in the country has exceeded 30,473,000, and the production of eggs exceeded 1 billion 676 million. Azerbaijan’s self-sufficiency for poultry production has increased significantly. . One of the important directions of scientific progress is the further development of poultry. Head of the Media Department at Agrarian Science and Innovation Center, Nicat Nasirli, spoke about the application of technological innovations in poultry, proper nutrition and marketing strategies.

Mete Turkoglu, an employee of the Igdir University of the Republic of Turkey, and Sevil Abbasguliyeva, Head of Laboratory at the Institute of Agriculture and Research, gave a presentation on innovative approaches in poultry farming. ASAU Professor and WPSA Azerbaijan Branch member, Arif Tagiyev gave the workshop participants some information about the economic importance of quail farms as a new direction for poultry farming. Rustam Gasimov, a veterinarian with Marjan Broiler LLC, stressed the importance of combating poultry diseases in captive birds. Giyas Hajiyev, Director of Mususlu Poultry LLC, stressed the importance of training qualified national personnel. As part of the workshop, the newly commissioned feed and milk analysis laboratories were reviewed at the Scientific Research Institute of Animal Husbandry, and the participants were told how this modern machinery operated.

At the end of the workshop, members of WPSA’s Azerbaijan Branch expressed their intention to promote WPSA within Azerbaijan, and to organize future high level international events about Poultry Science in our country. Members of the branch also declared Giyas Hajiyev, as a new member of Azerbaijan Branch of WPSA.

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Mahir Hajiyev, Director of the Scientific Research Institute of Animal Husbandry, and President of Azerbaijan branch WPSA,
Azerbaijan State Agrarian University, Veterinary Medicine and Zoo Engineering Faculty
e-mail: 
mahirhaciyev [AT] mail [DOT] ru

Brazil

FACTA held the 36th FACTA Conference, from 14-16 May 2019, at Expo D. Pedro, in Campinas (SP). This year around 350 people attended the conference, among them key opinion leaders, Professors, management level, veterinarians, students of post-graduations programmes and technicians, with relevant discussion about the present and future of the Brazilian poultry industry.

In Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, on 24-25 September 2019, the Ambience and Welfare in Poultry and Pig Industry Course was held, with 160 attendants. The event aimed to bring together and discuss the most updated information on animal welfare and ambience.

FACTA moved their administrative headquarters to Barão de Paranapanema Street, 146, Bosque, room 72, block A - Ed. Campinas Commercial Center. Phone: 55 19 3255-8500.

From 25-27 November 2019, FACTA will promote in Recife, Pernambuco, the event: International on incubation of eggs and Broiler.

The next FACTA Conference, 37th edition will be held from 12-14 May 2020, at Expo D. Pedro, in Campinas (SP). This year's theme will be ‘One Health’, in partnership with FENAGRA.

France

World's Poultry Congress 2020

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WPC2020 (August, 16-20, 2020) will take place in PARIS, and will have the objective of ‘Integrating knowledge for sustainable and diversified poultry productions’. A detailed scientific programme has been developed by the international Scientific Committee. On days 1 and 4, plenary lectures will address global challenges. On days 2 and 3, parallel sessions will feature at least four multidisciplinary ‘object oriented’ sessions in the morning and up to seven specialized sessions in the afternoon. Several early sponsors are already supporting the event and further applications are welcome.

Abstract submission and early bird registration to WPC2020 opened on September 1st and will end on December 31st, 2019. See the WPC2020 website( https://www.wpcparis2020.com/ ) for detailed information.

The board of the French Branch of the WPSA, based on the success of the WPSA European Symposium on Poultry Genetics (ESPG) in 2017 decided to offer a grant of 1.500 € to the Czech Branch for the ESPG congress in Prague that was held in 2019. The board is pleased to receive the following feed-back from Pawel Trefil that the 2019 congress was a great success. Here are his words:

“Dear Dr Michele Tixier Boichard and all members of French branch of WPSA, I would like to express my gratitude to you. Our Czech branch was able to organize the ESPG 2019 in Prague with your great financial support. I am sure that you and all of your members understand, that without your help it would not have been possible to execute it. According to my feeling, the symposium was successful and I would like to express to your branch our big gratitude for your support! Thank you! The symposium in Prague was financially balanced and we are happy not to end up in red numbers!”

Those of us on the board of the French Branch of WPSA think that it is our duty to support, if possible, the other branches to continue to fulfil our own mission of disseminating the scientific progress for the poultry industry. We are really pleased to see that collaboration and brotherhood between branches can be a reality.

Christophe Bostvironnois, President, WPSA France 
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Germany

The Spring Conference of the German Branch will take place on March 10 -11, 2020, jointly at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology, Dummerstorf, and at the University of Rostock. Abstracts for poster contributions are welcome. Based on their topic and scientific achievements, up to three of the abstracts submitted will be invited for oral presentation and publication. German members will soon receive official invitations to this meeting. Foreign members who might be interested in attending are welcome to contact the branch secretary, Inga Tiemann (inga [DOT] tiemann [AT] uni-bonn [DOT] de).

The German Branch of the WPSA took an excursion to Brittany during September 2019. Every two years, the Branch organizes such an excursion, mostly in conjunction with the occasion of international conferences that are being held. This year’s group visited the SPACE in Rennes, France. Visits were made to two organic farms, Lable Rouge and Loué chickens, which gave a broad and special insight into French poultry farming. Our thanks to the German and French organisers!

Inga Tiemann, Secretary, German Branch

Israel

The 54th Annual Poultry Science Conference of the Israeli Branch was held at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv on November 18-19, 2019. The conference was attended by 550 participants: scientists and students from academia and research institutes, poultry producers, veterinarians, extension specialists and professionals from commercial companies serving the poultry industry in Israel.

During the 2-day conference, 50 lectures were presented in 10 sessions covering the leading poultry science disciplines: Nutrition; Management; Environment protection; Health; Immunology; Genetics, Reproduction, Incubation and Fertility; Layers production; and Broiler production and breast meat quality. The detailed programme (in English) is available here.

The closing session ended with a lively round table discussion, focusing on the challenge of balancing the demand for broiler meat and products, with the over-production capacity of broilers in Israel.

The conference was honoured to host an overseas guest speaker, Dr M. Tixier-Boichard from France, who shared her extensive knowledge and vast experience in the field of poultry genetics and breeding.

An award of appreciation was given to Elisha Tishbi for his contributions to the field of Turkey Production and for his activities over the years in the WPSA-Israeli Branch. For the past four years, he has served as the chairperson of the Branch's audit committee.

Twenty five Israeli companies exhibited unique products for the poultry industry: including pharmaceuticals, feed additives, housing equipment, climate control, etc. The evening social activities included a lecture on current Israeli issues by a popular journalist. In addition, three students were awarded prizes for their research presentations. Twenty five council members were approved by the general assembly for the next 4 years. The new council will soon appoint new Officers and the Executive Board for the Israel branch.

Yitzhak Malka, Secretary, WPSA Israel Branch

Italy

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The Italian Branch will host the 23rd edition of European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) which will be held at the Palacongressi of Rimini (Italy) from September 20th to 23rd 2021. The city of Rimini, is an ideal place for the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition and the modern as well as eco-friendly Venue is the perfect stage for the event. Many attendees including both poultry research scientists and practitioners, leading speakers from across the world joining together to explore the past, share the present and helping to forge the future of poultry meat science. More details are already available at the Symposia website: https://www.espn2021.eu/.

This event will be launched on next year by organizing the 56th Annual Congress of the Italian Branch of WPSA in the same location (April 24th, 2020).

Massimiliano Petracci, Secretary, Italian Branch of WPSA
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Japan

The Autumn Meeting of JPSA, 2019 was held at the Iwate University in Morioka, Iwate, during 16–17 September. There were more than 120 attendees. The scientific meeting was consisted of 37 original research presentations and a mini-international symposium. A general meeting and a council meeting were also held. The council meeting was held as the joint committee meeting on September 16. The scientific talks and the general meeting were organized on September 17.

In the Autumn Meeting, the excellent presentation awards were given under the category of ‘student member’ or ‘regular member aged 30 or below’ for the following presentations: 1) “Development of anti-rabies virus nucleocapsid protein IgY by plasmid immunization” by Nanase Kubo (Kyoto Women’s University); 2) “Changes in glucose metabolism function of yolk sac membrane during development of chick embryo” by Mitsuhiro Shibata (UGSAS, Gifu University); and 3) “Changes in amino acid concentrations in broiler chickens under chronic heat-stressed condition” by Daiki Igarashi (Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University). JPSA congratulates the presenters who achieved the excellent presentation awards in the Autumn Meeting 2019.

The mini-international symposium was held on September 17, after the original scientific presentations. It was entitled “Future prospective and issues in Japanese poultry science research – Recent update in research on the development engineering”. Dr Shusei Mizushima, Hokkaido University, made the opening remarks. Then, Dr Hong-Jian Wei from College of Veterinary Medicine, Yunnan Agricultural University, and Dr Yuki Sato from Graduate School of Medical Science, Kyushu University, offered their lectures. The titles of lectures were “Current status of local livestock and poultry genetics conservation in China” and “Chicken and quail embryos are attractive model system for experimental developmental biology”, respectively. After the lectures, a free discussion was held.

In this Meeting, the JPSA ‘Incentive Award’ was presented to Dr Daichi Miyahara, Shinshu University. His research topic was “Research about the culture methods for Chicken PGCs”. Moreover, the ‘Excellent Paper Award’ on the published papers in the Journal of Poultry Science in 2018 was presented in this meeting. Bapon Dey, Fuminori Kawabata, Yuko Kawabata, Shotaro Nishimura, and Shoji Tabata, entitled “Bitter taste sensitivity and the expression of bitter taste receptors at different growth stages of chicks”, 55 (3): 204–209, and Chuen-Yu Cheng,Wei-Lin Tu, Chao-Jung Chen, Hong-Lin Chan, Chic-Feng Chen, Hsin-Hsin Chen, Pin-Chi Tang, Yen-Pai Lee, Shuen-Ei Chen, and San-Yuan Huang, entitled “Proteomic' analysis of thermal regulation of small yellow follicles in broiler-type Taiwan country chickens”, 55 (2): 120-136 were given the awards.

The 2020 Spring Meeting of JPSA will be held at Kyoto University in Kyoto, during 27–28 March. The meeting will contain an open symposium, council and general meetings. The theme of the symposium will be “The needs of Ph.D. status in the industries”. It will be a joint symposium with Japan Animal Science Association. The detail information will be provided at JPSA website (http://jpn-psa.jp/oshirase/?lang=en).

The Journal of Poultry Science (JPS, the official journal of JPSA, Impact Factor: 0.670) always welcomes the submission of reviews and original papers. Free access to download the full-published articles in JPS is available on J-Stage (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jpsa), which provides an excellent opportunity for all to access the published articles.

JPSA would like to contribute to the poultry science in Japan and over the world by enhancing the international activities with the members from different countries. Thus, JPSA has a membership category for foreign citizens residing abroad as “Special International Member”. The page charges to publish their papers in the JPS will be set at a membership price. JPSA invariably welcome new members from all over the world. Please visit JPSA website (http://jpn-psa.jp/?lang=en) for further information.

Naoki Goto, Secretary of WPSA Japan Branch

Lebanon

The Lebanon Branch of WPSA held its annual meeting on October 5, 2019, at the Lancaster Hotel in Hazmieh, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. The meeting was attended by nearly all members as well as guests, totalling over 65 people. It was chaired by the President of the Branch, Dr Nuhad J. Daghir who welcomed the group and spoke about the upcoming conferences in Cordoba, Spain, in March 2020, and the WPC 2020, in Paris, France. He then introduced the secretary of the Branch, Dr Nada Usayran, who presented the branch’s report and the treasurer Mr. Samir Cortbawi, who presented the financial report. Both reports were unanimously approved by the members. The business meeting was then followed by the scientific program as shown below:

  1. From Farm to Fork: Assessment of Microbiological Acceptability of Skinless Chicken Breasts and antimicrobial resistance of Escherichia Coli associated with Lebanese poultry – Presented by Dr Issmat Kassem, American University of Beirut.
  2. Comparison between imported and locally produced SBM and its possible replacement with Safflower meal – Presented by Dr Mohamad Farran, American university of Beirut
  3. Industry Presentations:
    • Mr. Elie Srour from SHD, sal: Solvent extracted Soybean meal.
    • Mr. Mohamad Sinno from ZM Vegetable Oil industries, sal: High oil SBM

Presentations were followed by a discussion which lasted for one hour on all the topics presented and then all those attending were invited to lunch at the Hotel which was sponsored by SHD, one of the participating companies.

Dr Nadad Usayran, Branch Secretary

South Africa

2019 december SA 2The South African branch held its annual Scientific Day on 30 October 2019. The theme was ‘Enhancing Poultry Production,’ and the programme was started by Izaak Breitenbach, the general manager of the Broiler Organisation of the South African Poultry Association. He discussed the latest figures on imports and local production, and he presented his calculations on the necessary tariffs to keep the local Industry afloat. Those tariffs have been incorporated into the Poultry Master Plan.

We were fortunate to have a number of international speakers. Prof Richard Ducatelle from the University of Ghent, and Dr Wolfgang Siegert from the University of Hohenheim, each gave two presentations. Prof Ducatelle discussed the area of gut microbiota, and Dr Siegert talked about the role of glycine and serine as well as phytate degradation and phytase efficiency. Edward Diehl, from Cobb in the Netherlands, made another presentation on the latest developments in broiler nutrition. The day was also made richer by a local speaker, Rick Kleyn, and we enjoyed feedback and presentations from 4 local University students who presented results of their own research projects.

The branch also organized a successful Youth Programme, where the top students from local Universities had a 3 day tour of Poultry Facilities, their last day being spent attending the Scientific day (see pic). Attendance for the Scientific day was at a record high of 375 people.

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We sincerely thank all of our sponsors for this successful Scientific Day event.

Nicola Tyler, Secretary, South African branch

Sri Lanka

The Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Branch was held on 27th September 2019, and the new committee took up office with Dr Vipula Dharmawardene as President. On the same day, the Annual Scientific Sessions & Industrial Evening were held at the Upper Crystal Ball Room, Hotel Taj Samudra, in Colombo.

Dr Ruwani Kalupahana served as the Chairperson for the Scientific Sessions.

Seven papers were presented as follows:

  • Antibiotic resistance patterns of Escherichia coli isolated from chicken meat.
  • Detection of ESBL producing E. coli from local chicken and related products ;preliminary results of an ongoing study.
  • Efficacy of locally developed SPA antigen and In-House ELISA comparing kits for screening of Mycoplasma gallisepticum in poultry.
  • Effect of Bitter Gourd seeds on Egg yolk colour in the Hyline strain of White Leghorn laying hens.
  • Effects of Dietary Active Dried Yeast and a phytogenic growth promoter on production performance, nutrient digestibility, visceral organ weights and serum lipid profile of broiler chicken.
  • Quality attributes of jerky prepared with different forms of chicken meat.
  • The Impact of Biochar on Phosphorus losses from three types of broiler litter material.

Industrial Evening

2019 december Sri lanka 1The Chief Guest for this occasion was Dr Roel Mulder, the Secretary General of WPSA.

Dr Mrs Renuka Jayatissa, Head of the Nutrition Department, Medical Research Institute, Consultant Medical Nutritionist, and President Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition association gave the Keynote Address on the theme: ‘Farm to Table – Quality Assurance of poultry products’.

The highlight of the Evening was the awarding of an Honorary Life membership in the World’s Poultry Science Association’s Sri Lanka branch to Dr Chin How Cheong, who is the Founder of the branch.

Dr Mrs A L Godwin, Secretary, Sri Lanka Branch

United Kingdom

The 33rd Poultry Science Symposium: ‘Pre and probiotics, nutrition, veterinary and production perspectives.’ will be held at Clare College, University of Cambridge, UK on 10 -12 August 2020.

The UK branch invites you to an interesting and current programme of world leading experts, that will discuss the nutritional, veterinary and production perspectives for the use of pre- and probiotics in poultry production. The scientific committee has arranged an exciting programme. The symposiums intention is to provide a thorough look at the antibiotic free sector from various perspectives, followed by good discussions about what we can do as professionals to maintain good gut and overall bird health. Topics will include an overview of AGPs, how they work and the challenges that occur in their absence, thorough definitions of additives in the pre and probiotic space and examples of how those probiotics work. How to test them, and how they interact with other additives will also be discussed, learning from our own and allied sectors. Poster submissions on related topics will be invited, with the submission portal opening on 1st January 2020. Further information, speakers and session information can be found at https://www.wpsa2020.org/. We look forward to seeing you there!

New Opportunity: The GD Rosen Academic Career Advancement Award

The UK branch is pleased to announce a new Academic Career Advancement Award in memory of Professor Gordon D Rosen. Gordon contributed a highly logical and very descriptive approach to animal nutrition from the 1960s through to just a few years before his death in 2015. A full obituary for him is available in volume 71 of World’s Poultry Science Journal. He was an inspirational person whose curiosity and gently framed yet penetrating questions made him a legend. There is a generation of scientists influenced by his presence – always in the front row – of scientific meetings, and now his wife Vanda would like to encourage other scientists to develop their own inquisitiveness through this new award.

The GD Rosen Academic Career Advancement Award provides £2000 each year to fund an academic adventure. With this aim, the award is open in nature, while particularly encouraging people to become multidisciplinary in their approach to research. The award is open to UK branch members who are within their early career spanning from 2 years to 5 years post PhD viva. Examples of proposals might include a request to attend an academic conference (particularly one outside your core field), support for an educational tour of another country or global region, support to visit another institution to learn a new technique or approach, or support to publish a major research output in a journal requiring publication fees.

Proposal forms and conditions of the GD Rosen Award can be found on the WPSA-UK website.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30th January 2020

Dr Emily Burton
Associate Professor in Sustainable Food Production
School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst Campus
Nottingham NG25 0QF, United Kingdom
Office phone: +44 (0)115 848 5346
Mobile phone: +44 (0)773 9988022

USA

The USA Branch has again conducted the Cliff Carpenter Student Essay Contest for providing financial support for 3 winning students to attend the 2020 World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France. The Branch will also be providing Travel Grants for USA Branch members to attend WPC2020 who will be making oral or poster presentations.Dr Bob Buresh, Secretary, USA Branch

 

March 2020 Newsletter

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2020 wpc  

World's Poultry Congres 2020

16-20 August, Paris, France

Scholarship Awards

During the XXVI World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France in 2020 Scholarship Awards for respectively the WPSA Paul B. Siegel Research Award and the WPSA Education Award are going to be presented. Deadline for submissions was 1st March 2020.
To show how awards are utilized, those nominated must, if successful, undertake to present a report of their work at the next World’s Poultry Congress following the one at which the award was made.

International Poultry Hall of Fame

Selection of candidates for the International Poultry Hall of Fame have been finalised. The new inductees will be presented during the Opening Ceremony.

Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay Competition

At the latest Board meeting, held during the Poultry Science Association (PSA) meeting in Montréal, Canada, it was decided to start the Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay competition.
Five travel awards ($2000 each) will be made available on a competitive basis to full time graduate students for attendance at the XXVI World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France, 16-20 August 2020. The original essay of up to 2000 words should address the topic ‘The possible role of the World’s Poultry Science Association in education’. The 5 winners should come from different continents, they have to be a member in 2019 and must be between the ages of 18-30.
The applications for the International Cliff D. Carpenter Essay competition are currently being evaluated.

Nominating Advisory Committee (NAC)

Preparations are underway for the formation of a Nominating Advisory Committee (NAC), which committee is in charge of seeking candidates for the WPSA Board 2020-2024. The NAC will be chaired by Dr Mamduh Sifri. Branches and members can propose candidates for the offices of President, five Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer.
Further information can be found in the WPSA Constitution and By-laws (Constitution article IV-5 and By-Laws article II-8 through 11).

Council Meeting

During the Council meeting the city and country for the next World’s Poultry Congress in 2024 will be selected. The candidate cities are: Cape Town proposed by the South Africa branch and Toronto proposed by the Canada, Mexico and USA branches.
Also a new Board will be selected during the Council Meeting. Each Branch, in good financial standing, is eligible to vote. The number of votes per branch depends on the number of members on December 1st of the year preceding the vote (see the Constutition and By-Laws).
All members are invited to attend the Council Meeting.

Updates on the above mentioned topics will be publsihed on the WPSA website under the heading !! WPC2020 !!.

   

Registration for WPC2020

Registration for WPC2020 are open. Click here for details.

 

Executive Committee

Secretary's Report

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World’s Poultry Congress, Palais de Congrès, August 16 – 20, 2020, Paris, France

Information on the programme of WPC2020 can be found on www.wpcparis2020.com
Preparations are underway for the Council meeting during the next WPC.
During the Council meeting the city and country for the next World’s Poultry Congress in 2024 will be selected. The candidate cities are: Cape Town proposed by the South Africa branch and Toronto proposed by the Canada, Mexico and USA branches.
Selection of candidates for the International Poultry Hall of Fame have been finalised. The applications for the International Cliff D. Carpenter Essay competition are currently being evaluated.
Deadlines for application for the WPSA Paul B. Siegel Research Award and the WPSA Education Award are approaching.
The Nominating Advisory Committee (NAS), which is in charge of seeking candidates for WPSA’s 2020-2024 Board of Directors has started its activities. Branches and members can now propose candidates for the 2020-2024 Board of directors.

WPSA presence at exhibitions and conferences

WPSA leadership members were present at IPPE, Atlanta, USA, during January 2020. Other events that will have WPSA presence include VIV MEA, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Victam Asia, and Animal Health and Nutrition, Bangkok, Thailand, as well as the Mediterranean Poultry Summit, 25-27 March 2020, Cordoba, Spain. Information on the programme for the Mediterranean Summit can be found on www.mpn-wpsa.org/spain2020 and www.wpsa.com 
The 1st Poultry Nutrition symposium 25-26 March 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand has been postponed because of the Covid-19 virus.
During the above listed symposia and conferences, promotional materials for WPSA, the World’s Poultry Science Journal, WPC 2020 in Paris, France, and other upcoming conferences and events will be on display.
WPSA members and any other interested individuals are invited to attend the above events where they meet many other WPSA members and leadership representatives.

WPSA World’s Poultry Science Journal

The March 2020 issue of the World’s Poultry Science Journal, is being hosted and produced by Taylor & Francis Publishers, and is on track.

WPSA programmes

WPSA has several programmes to support members and branches. Details on the Travel Grant programmes, the Speakers’ Bureau programme, and on proposals for Branch Development can be found on the WPSA website. Criteria for eligibility for these programmes are published together with the (different) deadlines for the individual programmes. Please follow the instructions, as inaccurate, incomplete and late applications have to be rejected.

Cooperation with the organization on World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH)

The WVEPAH, a non-profit organization organises training courses on poultry (for 3 à 4 weeks) in several countries. Additional details are provided on www.wvepah.org. All joint activities with WVEPAH will also be announced on our WPSA website and in the WPS Journal.

Dr Roel Mulder, General Secretary

Treasurer's Report

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Since my last report, I had the pleasure of attending the International Production and Processing Exposition (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia. IPPE redesigned two of the exhibition floors this year and WPSA was lucky to be given a booth near the extremely popular food court. The proximity to food, plus the neighbouring booths of other scientific societies and institutions, brought us excellent foot traffic. The other members of the Executive Committee (EC): Drs. Ning Yang, Roel Mulder, and Bob Buresh, joined me in the booth. We greeted WPSA members, officers, as well as financial supporters of our Journal, from around the globe.
The EC held a productive meeting in Atlanta and discussed time sensitive topics, including WPC2020-Paris. We were delighted to learn of the large number of applications for the Young Scientist Programme in Paris. The EC decided that in addition to the support already pledged by the global body, WPSA would match the French Branch in funding an additional 10 Young Scientists.

I am pleased to report that I have forwarded all of the 2019 financial records and tax information to WPSA’s Certified Public Accountant (CPA). I will be working with the CPA and his staff in the coming months to finalise the WPSA tax returns.

As I close this report, I will start packing for a USA west coast trade association meeting in Hawaii. At that event I coordinated the programmes for the poultry students, and their programmes are generously sponsored by the United States Branch of WPSA.

Dr Francine Bradley, Treasurer

26th World's Poultry Congress

Palais de Congrès,

August 16-20, 2020, Paris, France

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It is with great pleasure that the French branch of WPSA invites you to attend the 26th World Poultry Congress in Paris, from 16-20 August 2020. We have prepared an attractive Congress for the benefit of the large number of participants that are coming from all over the world. The scientific programme will be highly interactive and interdisciplinary, with the objective of ‘Integrating knowledge for sustainable and diversified poultry productions’. The Mediterranean and African Poultry Networks will hold specific sessions, and a symposium will take place under the auspices of FAO. As usual for a WPC, Youth and Young Scientist programmes will be held.

Exhibition and sponsoring: the programme includes an exhibition that allows companies to display their company information and products within the Congress Centre, and the Congress programme will include a number of technical symposia as well.

Registration: We received nearly 1000 early bird registrations before December 31st, 2019. Registration will continue at the regular price until March 31st, 2020, and at an increased price thereafter.

Abstracts: The submission of abstracts closed on January 5th, 2020. More than 1400 abstracts were received and are currently under evaluation. Acceptance results and notifications for the abstracts are expected to occur sometime during March 2020.

Sessions and Invited speakers: Sessions will last from Sunday afternoon, 16th of August, to Thursday morning, the 20th of August. Renowned speakers from all over the world will be involved in both the plenary lectures and in the parallel sessions. Their addresses have been assigned to one of the following topic sessions: Nutrition, Breeding and Genetics, Egg Quality, Poultry Meat Quality, Reproduction, Hygiene and Pathology, Poultry Welfare and Management, Physiology, Education and Information, Waterfowl, and Turkeys. For detailed information about the WPC registration and programme, see the Congresses website: http://www.wpcparis2020.com/.

Christophe Bostvironnois, President French Branch
Michael Duclos, Secretary, French Branch
Michèle Tixier Boichard, WPC2020, Programme Coordinator

 

Newly Compiled List of Poultry Educational Resources

In her role as one of the Vice Presidents of the WPSA, Julie Roberts from the Australian Branch has compiled a list of Poultry Educational Resources which are available free of charge via the internet. Some of the web sites listed also have resources for sale. However, the focus of this list is resources which are free and therefore available to all members.

The list is posted on the WPSA website, and will always be a ‘work in progress’ as some resources become available and added, or others, if they are out of date or no longer available, will be removed from the internet list.

If members are aware of other resources that are available that could be added to the list, please contact Mrs Dorien Velner at the main office by email: wpsa [AT] xs4all [DOT] nl with the title of the resource, how to access it and a short description.

All entries will be checked on a regular basis to make sure that they continue to be available, however if you find any irregularities, please contact us at wpsa [AT] xs4all [DOT] nl

 

European Federation

The next European Poultry Conference will be held in Valencia, Spain in 2022.

The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and on into 2021. A list of most of our upcoming conferences may be found on the WPSA Calendar at www.wpsa.com
News from several European Federation Working Groups are provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News

WG2

2021 espnThe Italian Branch will host the 23rd edition of European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) which will be held at the Palacongressi of Rimini (Italy) from September 20-23, 2021. The city of Rimini, is an ideal place for the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition and the modern as well as eco-friendly venue is the perfect stage for the event. Many attendees including both poultry research scientists and practitioners, leading speakers from across the world joining together to explore the past, share the present and helping to forge the future of poultry meat science. More details are already available at the symposium website: https://www.espn2021.eu/.

WG3

Breeding and Genetics

The 11th European Symposium on Poultry Genetics was held in Prague from 23 to 25 October 2019. The symposium was hosted by the Czech branch of WPSA and organised together with Working Group 3 'Breeding and Genetics' of the European Federation of WPSA. The 3-day symposium was very well attended, and 141 scientists from 30 countries participated. The scientific programme included sessions on new breeding technologies, genomic selection, current topics on dual-purpose chickens, genetic diversity, microbiota, new breeding targets for poultry species and the breeding of other bird species. A total of 25 invited speakers presented the latest results of their current research, which were discussed in various ways. Furthermore, scientists presented their work in 46 posters.
A particular highlight of the Symposium was a special session in which four young scientists had the opportunity to present their work in a short oral presentation. Working Group 3 endeavours to support young scientists in this way by covering the registration fees for the selected presenters. The symposium took place in a very pleasant and productive atmosphere and gave the participants the opportunity for an intensive exchange of ideas in a variety of ways. On behalf of the working group, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants, colleagues and helpers involved in preparing the symposium as well as our sponsors, who made a significant contribution to the success of the symposium.

The 12th symposium is already being planned. It will take place in Hannover from 26 - 28 October 2021, and will be hosted by the German Branch. We would be pleased if you saved this date and planned your participation. Further information will follow in due course.

Steffen Weigend, Chairman of the European Federations Working Group 3

WG5

Poultry Meat Quality

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The XXV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat will be conjointly held with the XIX European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products from June 21 to 23, 2021, in Kraków, Poland. Please visit http://www.eggmeat2021.com/ to keep yourself updated. Special reduced registration fees will be available for WPSA members and students. We will look forward to seeing many of you there. Prominent invited speakers from American and European Institutions will address emerging issues on poultry meat and egg production. A new website will be developed and registration information will be provided in the near future.

Most WG5 members will also be participating in the 2020 World's Poultry Congress in Paris, France on August 16-20, and the scientific programme of the two parallel sessions dealing with 'Meat Quality' is almost defined under supervision of the WG5 group in connection with the Scientific Committee of which WG5 chairperson is a part. During the Paris Congress, a meeting of Working Group 5 has also been planned during WPC2020, and it will take place on Wednesday, August 19th. See the Congress Programme for the meeting time and location.


Asia Pacific Federation

2020 apf poultry nutrition symposium

Postponing the Asia Pacific Federation (APF) Poultry Nutrition Symposium

Because of the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak, which is a great concern worldwide, travelling to mass gatherings can be a risk for travellers, including the spread of an infection.
After discussions with the Organising Committee of the APF Poultry Nutrition Symposium and the Thai Government, the President of the Asia Pacific Federation, Dr Sakchai Sriboonsue, has decided to postpone the meeting, which was scheduled for 25-26 March 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, until further notice.

The Organising Committee would like to apologize for any inconvenience this causes to the sponsors and attendees.

WPSA Asian-Pacific Working Group News

A/P WG3

Ratites

The Ratite Working Group will hold a general meeting on the 18th of March at 10:00 on the Oudtshoorn Research Farm, Oudtshoorn, South Africa. All are welcome to attend.

The next meeting is scheduled to take place at the World Poultry Congress in Paris, France that is being held 16-20 August 2020. Please let us know if you are planning to attend the meeting and Congress, as well as any topics that you would like to have considered, by sending an email to anele [AT] elsenburg [DOT] com.

Anel Engelbrecht, Chair

7th Mediterranean Poulty Summit

The Mediterranean Poultry Network will host the 7th Mediterranean Poultry Summit at the University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Spain, on March 25-27, 2020. Details for the conference are shown on the website summit’s website: www.mpn-wpsa.org. The Registration Deadline for the Summit is March 25 2020.

 

World's Poultry Science Journal

From 2020 the World’s Poultry Science Journal will be published by Taylor & Francis. If you have requested an online subscription as part of your membership, you have received an email from Taylor & Francis with instructions how to access WPSJ online from the new website www.tandfonline.com/TWPS. Please ensure that you add '@tandfonline.com' to your safe senders list to ensure these types of emails are not sent to your spam folder or blocked by your service provider. Should you have any questions about your online access please contact support [AT] tandfonline [DOT] com”.

Upcoming articles

Articles in upcoming Journal(s)

  • M. Tixier-Boichard - From the jungle fowl to highly-performing chickens: are we reaching limits?
  • A. Salamon - The double-yolked egg: from the 'miracle of packaging' to nature's 'mistake'
  • L. Sarmiento-Franco - Do free-range systems have potential to improve broiler welfare in the tropics?
  • S.S. Elnesr - Impact of green tea (Camellia sinensis) and epigallocatechin gallate on poultry
  • O. Olgun - Evaluation of dietary presence or use of cadmium in poultry
  • S.U. Mahfuz - Role of certain mushrooms on growth performance and physiological responses in broiler chickens
  • T.R. Kannaki - Marek's disease: Time to review the emerging threat in Indian poultry
  • J.L. Angove - The avian maternal environment: exploring the physiological mechanisms driving progeny performance
  • J.-J. Chen - Chromolaena odorata as a potential feed additive bioresource to alleviate heat strss in chickens in the humid tropics
  • O. Olgun - Use of alfalfa meal in layer diets – a review
  • H. Hamadani - Characteristics of the Kashmir Anz geese breed
  • K.M. Hartcher - Genetic selection of broilers and welfare consequences: a review

Summaries

From the jungle fowl to highly-performing chickens: are we reaching limits?

M. TIXIER-BOICHARD

The cumulated effects of domestication and subsequent selection by humans have led to an impressive diversification of the chicken, at the phenotypic level as well as the genome level. In theory, selection may reach a plateau when all favourable alleles have reached fixation. Yet, current data in poultry show that selection response can still take place after 50 generations of selection or more. The mechanisms maintaining selection response in closed populations may involve recombination, mutation and epistatic interactions. Furthermore, the continuous addition of new selection criteria can delay the possible limit associated to single trait selection. Thus, selection response is mainly threatened by inbreeding which occurs as a consequence of a narrow genetic base and/or a poor management of genetic variability within the population. Biological limits are encountered when selection is degrading fitness traits to a point that the survival of individuals is affected. Biological limits induced by extreme performance can be by-passed by adapting the breeding programme, introducing new selection criteria, changing the management or developing remedial technologies. Extreme situations affecting bird welfare raise ethical issues. Lameness in broilers or spontaneous bone breakage in layers are painful and one may question whether such pain is justified by the human need for protein consumption. Regulations or market requirements may be set up to limit the performance at a level which is compatible with animal welfare, resulting in a voluntary limit to selection. Furthermore, highly performing animals need a very well controlled environment with high quality diets, which may divert food resources from humans and may not be sustainable. Breeding objectives have to integrate environmental impact and robustness towards the use of alternative feed sources, in addition to production level, product quality, health and welfare status.

The double-yolked egg: from the ‘miracle of packaging’ to nature’s ‘mistake’

A. SALAMON and J.P. KENT

Double-yolked (DY) eggs were mostly described in domestic prosocial species, and are rarely found in nature. It is estimated that 1-3% of domestic hen and duck eggs are DY.

DY eggs occur when two yolks are encapsulated in a single shell and therefore differ from SY eggs in their external and internal characteristics. In previous decades DY eggs were distinguished from SY eggs only by their external characteristics, and this proved to be wrong, as over 40% of DY eggs have similar external characteristics in terms of size and shape to SY eggs. The internal characteristics of DY eggs constrain their fertility. Yolks in DY eggs tend to be smaller, probably ovulated early and are thus immature, having a significant negative impact on their reproductive potential with lower fertility levels. Further, the presence of a second yolk facilitates additional albumen secretion with the size of each yolk determining the additional amount secreted. This creates a primacy effect, i.e. the first yolk in the oviduct could be fertilized, but the second may not be. The unique yolk and embryo positioning is associated with low hatchability. These factors reduce the reproductive potential of DY egg yolks individually or cumulatively. Thus the above supports the view that DY eggs are nature’s ‘mistake’ and are viewed here as an extreme end of a normal distribution of variation and is unlikely to evolve further in avian species. However, there is still potential for further non-invasive research using DY eggs, especially in studies of factors affecting fertility.

Do free-range systems have potential to improve broiler welfare in the tropics?

R. SÁNCHEZ-CASANOVA, L. SARMIENTO-FRANCO, C. PHILLIPS and Z. IDRUS

An insight into the impact of free-range systems on the main welfare problems for commercial-line broiler chicken production in tropical regions is provided. Much research has been conducted to mitigate the impact of conventional production systems on broilers welfare, but nearly all of these studies are based on the development of strategies to improve performance parameters in temperate regions, making it difficult to implement such approaches in tropical environments. Stocking density is one of the main housing variables that influences the birds’ development. Optimal stocking density ranges from 25 kg to 40 kg liveweight per m2, with no less than 1 m2 of outdoor area per bird in some cases, for a minimum of 8 hours of free-range access per day, according to welfare legislations in different jurisdictions worldwide. Several studies with commercial-line broiler chickens have shown that they are adapted to the environmental characteristics of tropical regions if temperature is below 30°C, relative humidity levels below 80% inside the housing and stocking density does not exceed 30 kg/m2. Therefore, Latin America has great potential for the implementation of free-range production system. The use of local resources, like forage plants for feed and natural materials with good thermal insulation properties for housing construction could be a good alternative to make this system feasible. C4 plants present in tropical ecosystems have a very high rate of water-use efficiency in temperatures between 30-35°C, which may increase the productivity of crops, fodder and pastures. Those plants are a good option to stimulate ranging in chickens, due to both their abilities as covering crop and fast growing. The review concludes that outdoor access has potential to improve broiler welfare in tropical regions, but it is still necessary to develop standards and regulations that ensure its proper functioning and, consequently, chickens’ welfare.

Impact of green tea (Camellia sinensis) and epigallocatechin gallate on poultry

M.E. ABD EL-HACK, S.S. ELNESR, M. ALAGAWANY, A. GADO, A.E. NORELDIN and A.A. GABR

Green tea is of interest due to its high content of pharmacologically active ingredients such as catechins, flavanols, flavadiols, flavonoids and phenolic acids. Green tea contains many polyphenolic compounds such as epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin, and epigallocatechin gallate. The inclusion of green tea as a feed additive has been shown to improve growth performance and overall health of poultry. Previous studies have shown different results in the rate of improvement in body weight (between 1-10%) with the use of different doses of green tea (0.5, 1, 1.5, 2 and 3 mg/kg) in the diet. Using 1-2 mg green tea per kg in the broiler diet improved feed conversion ratio (FCR) by approximately 8%. Abdominal fat was decreased by 10-20% using 0.2-1.0% green tea extract in broiler diets. Improvements in egg production, egg mass and feed conversion values with inclusion rates of 1% green tea in feed, compared to a negative control, have been reported to be 5.6%, 6.8% and 7.8%, respectively. Green tea may improve the antioxidant status of poultry. Epigallocatechin gallate has been found to be over 100 times more effective in neutralising free radicals than vitamin C and 25 times more powerful than vitamin E.

Evaluation of dietary presence or use of cadmium in poultry

O.OLGUN, A.Ö. YILDIZ and A. ŞAHIN

Cadmium is a heavy metal and non-essential for animals. In practice, cadmium toxicity is quite rare in farm animals because the level of cadmium in commercial diets is very low. However, cadmium-contaminated feedstuffs in the diet may cause toxicity. The cadmium, which is absorbed from digestive system, accumulates in the body tissues, primarily kidney and liver, and causes metabolic and physiological inconveniences in the body. Hereby, economic losses occur due to the decrease in feed intake and egg production. It will cause mortality depending on the level and duration of exposure to cadmium. The toxic level of cadmium varies according to the bird species and their ages. Chickens are more sensitive to cadmium toxicity than quails. Lower dietary cadmium doses (<10 mg/kg) have positive effects on production performance and eggshell quality, but higher doses of cadmium (>10 mg/kg) cause economic losses due to worsening productive performance and eggshell quality in poultry. Dietary zinc, selenium, vitamins and plant extracts will help to eliminate the negative consequences of cadmium contamination in feedstuff. However, further studies are needed to determine the toxic level of cadmium, and the possible positive effects of cadmium on performance and product quality when used at lower doses in poultry.

Role of certain mushrooms on growth performance and physiological responses in broiler chickens

S.U. MAHFUZ, S.F. LONG and X.S. PIAO

Supplementing broiler diets with medicinal mushrooms is considered an effective alternative to prophylactic antibiotics. Feeding certain mushrooms may have beneficial effects on gut health in broilers, whereby trials have shown weight gain was increased about 5.2% when feeding 5% of the Hericium caput-medusae mushrooms in the diet. Both Salmonella spp. and E. coli numbers in the caecum were significantly lowered from 5.036 to 3.031 log10 CFU/g and from 5.405 to 4.759 log10 CFU/g when 50 g/kg or 30 g/kg of Flammulina velutipes mushrooms were included in feed, respectively, compared to an unsupplemented control group. Beneficial bacteria (Lactobacilli spp.) were found in significantly higher numbers (increased from 6.45 to 8.05 log10 CFU/g) and Bifidobacter spp. (increased from 6.28 to 7.77 log10 CFU/g of content) in the caecum of broilers fed 20 g/kg mushrooms (Agaricus biosporus) in feed. However, there is still disagreement in published articles on the dosages and mode of action of medicinal mushrooms in broilers. The following review covered the published trials investigating the uses of medicinal fungi on growth performance, meat quality and health status in broiler to date, and showed. that supplementation with medicinal fungi may have a role on the immunity, health and growth performance in broiler.

Marek’s disease: Time to review the emerging threat in Indian Poultry

T.R. KANNAKI and V. GOWTHAMAN

Marek’s disease (MD) is one of the re-emerging diseases in Indian poultry. MD outbreaks are reported from different parts of the country in spite of vaccination, causing major economic losses. Flock mortality of 10-40% was observed in vaccinated flocks during outbreaks, although MD is well controlled with vaccination. Almost 100% of the commercial poultry flocks are vaccinated at hatchery level. Bivalent (HVT+SB1 or HVT+301B/1) or monovalent (HVT) vaccines are used in India. In spite of the intensive vaccination practice, outbreaks are being reported from different parts of the world including India. MD virus (MDV) Indian field isolates from different outbreaks during last decade are categorised into virulent (vMDV) and very virulent (vvMDV) pathotypes based on different serotype 1 specific gene sequencing and in vivo pathotyping. The emergence of virulence in MDV is attributed to compromised bio-security, concurrent immunosuppressive diseases and vaccination failure. MD outbreaks in vaccinated flocks of Indian poultry flocks cause annual loss of approximately 4 crore Indian rupees. Country-wide surveillance and reporting of MD outbreaks and further characterization of the Indian field isolate should be taken as a priority. Reviewing the current vaccination strategy, and examining the need for the introduction of more effective vaccines that give better protection against the more virulent strains should be considered with equal importance along with improved bio-security measures, management practices and more effective control of immunosuppressive diseases.

The avian maternal environment: exploring the physiological mechanisms driving progeny performance

J.L. ANGOVE and R.E.A. FORDER

Environmental factors, both positive and negative, experienced by breeder hens during their reproductive life, can have a significant influence on the productive efficiency and health of their progeny. This is particularly important considering that commercial broilers spend a significant proportion of their life in ovo, and alterations to the in ovo environment can permanently ‘programme’ progeny endocrine pathways. The maternal environment is greatly influenced by factors, such as nutrition and stress, both of which play a significant role in the broiler breeder industry, due to feed restriction practices, ranging from 25-80% of the ad libitum intake. The effects of nutrition and stress on the maternal environment have been extensively investigated in mammalian literature, primarily focusing on the development and function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) in offspring, including exposure to the stress hormone cortisol. Disruption of the HPA axis can inadvertently disrupt other important endocrine pathways, involved in growth and metabolism, including the growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor I axis (GH/IGF-I) and the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis (HPT). Any disruption or ‘reprogramming’ of the metabolic endocrine axes through maternal influences has been linked to variations in progeny performance, including growth rate and body composition. However, the underlying physiological mechanisms responsible for these phenotypic differences remain unclear, especially in poultry.

Chromolaena odorata as a potential feed additive bioresource to alleviate heat stress in chickens in the humid tropics

K.A. LARTEY, D.-J. KANG, Q.-H. ZHANG, C.-Q. SHI, F. YANG, H.-Y. LIN, R. GOONERATNE and J.-J. CHEN

Chromolaena odorata contains polyphenols and antioxidant enzymes that activate biology defence mechanisms and stress-sensing transcription factors to prevent oxidative damage and heat stress in chicken. Dietary inclusions of C. odorata leaf meal at 12%, and C. odorata crude flavonoids at 400 mg/kg/d exerted competitive exclusion to enhance gut eubiosis, humoral immunity, hypoglycaemia and metabolic functions, necessary to attenuate oxidative stress in chickens. Ethanol extract of the herbal plant at 25 – 400 µg/mL showed a strong antioxidant capacity in vitro, similar to 10- 80 µg/mL standard ascorbic acid. Chromomoric acid C- 1 from C. odorata methanol extract, at 10 µg also demonstrated anti-inflammatory potential by activating Nrf2 and suppressing NF-κB in a luciferase reporter assay at inhibition capacity (IC50) of 6.9 µM. These biological defence properties of the obnoxious weed have potential to maintain gut microbial homeostasis and gut integrity, enhance antioxidative physiologies for cellular oxidative balance, and mitigate oxidative damage required to alleviate heat stress. The invading nature of the plant in the humid tropics makes it a readily available and cheap bioresource. Hepatotoxic, mutagenic and cytotoxic evaluations suggest the aerial parts of the herbal plant is a safe bioresource for animal nutrition and sub-therapeutical uses.

Use of alfalfa meal in layer diets – a review

A.Ö. YILDIZ, E.T. ŞENTÜRK and O. OLGUN

Alfalfa meal is used in poultry diets because of its content of pigments and secondary metabolites. On average, alfalfa meal contains 17-20% crude protein, 1650 kcal/kg metabolisable energy, 20-25% crude cellulose, 1.50% calcium, 0.25% total phosphorus, 0.70% lysine, and 0.25% methionine, depending on the quality of the alfalfa meal. Alfalfa meal with a high content of beta carotene and xanthophyll is used to supplement poultry diets in order to obtain good yolk and skin pigmentation. In addition to producing good pigmentation, it is low in cholesterol because of the high cellulose content and anti-nutritional factors.

Although alfalfa meal is high in protein with moderate quality, its use is restricted because of the high cellulose content. The use of alfalfa meal in layer bird diets can reduce feed intake and egg production. On the other hand, it is very effective in reducing the cholesterol content of eggs and increasing the colour score of the yolk. The current recommendation is to restrict the use of alfalfa meal to 10% of the diet, although further research is needed on the use of additives to alfalfa-meal containing diets.

Characteristics of the Kashmir Anz geese breed

H. HAMADANI, A.A. KHAN and M.T. BANDAY

The local domestic geese breed of Kashmir Valley has now been registered as a recognized breed named ‘Kashmir Anz’, making it the first and the only recognized domestic geese breed in India as of now. Geese rearing in the Valley dates back to ancient times. They are reared for meat, eggs, and as a hobby in areas located around the water bodies. Kashmir Anz are cinnamon, white, and a mixture of cinnamon and white coloured geese with beak colour varying from black to yellow through all intermediates. Shanks are orange, and eyes are either grey or brown. Peculiarities like knob, dewlap and paunch is also present in some of these geese. Two Strains (or within breed types) of ‘Kashmir Anz’ breed include ‘Safed Anz’ and ‘Katchur Anz’. Sexual dimorphism on the basis of plumage and eye colour is absent. Vent sexing or vocalization method are the most accurate and practical methods of gender identification respectively. Adult body weight of the gander is 3.82 kg and that of the goose is 3.34 kg. The average body temperature, respiration rate and heart-rate is 40.05±0.15°C, 17.16±0.75 breaths min−1 and 60.57±5.09 beats min−1, respectively. The goose lays about 12 white-shelled eggs in a year, each weighing about 137 g on an average. Dressing percentage of a Kashmir Anz geese is 67.7%. The acceptability of its meat is good and significant proportion of consumers have rated it better than chicken meat as well as mutton in terms of appearance, texture, taste and overall acceptability.

Genetic selection of broilers and welfare consequences: a review

K.M. HARTCHER and H.K. LUM

The genetic selection of broilers over the past 60 years has focused narrowly and intensely on production traits, namely growth rate and feed efficiency. This has led to significant welfare problems in birds grown for meat, including leg disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and resulting high mortality rates, while the breeder birds are subjected to severe feed restriction. Bone problems such as bacterial chondronecrosis and tibia dyschondroplasia are prevalent, and recent studies have reported the prevalence of birds with moderate to severe gait impairment to be between 5.5 and 48.8%. Worldwide, over 66 billion broilers are slaughtered annually. This huge scale of meat chicken production means that welfare problems are widespread and are likely to increase in severity due to the increasing global human population, increasing demand for meat, and a continued focus on efficiency of production in the agricultural sector. The commercial broiler industry therefore represents some of the most serious animal welfare issues in agriculture. There is an urgent need to address these problems by making welfare traits high priorities in breeding programmes and integrating these with other breeding goals. Many studies recommend the use of slower-growing breeds that do not have the same welfare problems. Addressing these welfare issues is essential to improve bird welfare and for social acceptability and sustainability of the broiler industry worldwide.

 

Branch News

France

World's Poultry Congress 2020

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The French branch is in the process of finalizing the World's Poultry Congress (WPC2020), that will take place at the Palais de Congrès in Paris on August, 16-20, 2020. The objective of the Congress is: ‘Integrating knowledge for sustainable and diversified poultry productions’. On days 1 and 4, plenary lectures will address global challenges. On day 2 and 3, parallel sessions will feature at least four multidisciplinary ‘object oriented’ sessions in the morning and up to seven specialised sessions in the afternoon. Several early sponsors are already supporting the event and further applications are welcome.

Abstract submission closed on January 5th, 2020 with the reception of 1400 abstracts, currently under evaluation. The organising committee received nearly 1000 early bird registrations by December 31st, 2019. Regular registrations will continue at the regular price through March 31st, 2020, and at la higher price after. See https://www.wpcparis2020.com for detailed information about registration and the programme for WPC2020.

Christophe Bostvironnois, President, and Michel Duclos, secretary WPSA FranceChristophe Bostvironnois, President, WPSA France 

Germany

The German Branch proudly presents the speakers for the Spring Conference of the German Branch, which will be held at the University of Rostock on March 10-11, 2020. Registration is open until March 1st, 2020, and can be made by replying to foerster [AT] ltz [DOT] de).

The programme will include:
Michael Oste et al., Dummerstorf: P-FOWL: Effects of differential phosphorus supply for poultry.
Gürbüz Daş et al., Dummerstorf: Does a dual purpose genotype differ from meat and layer type genotypes in terms of response to experimental nematode infections?
Vivian Goerlich-Jansson, Utrecht: The importance of the prenatal and early postnatal environment for the behavioural and physiological development of chickens.
Uwe Rösler, Berlin: ESBL and AmpC colonization of broilers - influence of hygiene and management.
Volker Siemers, Visbek: Exhaust air treatment in poultry farming - procedure, services, costs.
Susanne Rothstein, Göttingen: Larval meal produced from the black soldier fly as a potential protein supplier for broilers.

The German Branch will also host the 12th European Symposium on Poultry Genetics in Hannover, October 26th to 28th, 2021! More information to follow….

Inga Tiemann, Secretary, Germany Branch

Italy

The Italian Branch of WPSA is organizing the 56th edition of its annual meeting that will be held on April 24th, 2020 at the Palacongressi of Rimini (Italy), and it will deal with the topic: ‘Are We Pushing Broilers to Their Biological Limits?’ This emerging topic will be explored thanks to the contributions of a number of prestigious international speakers.

PROGRAMME

09:45   Opening Address, Martino Cassandro, President of Italian Branch of World’s Poultry Science Association
10:00  Applying Energy Balance Modelling to Assess the Limit of Efficiency of Broiler Chickens, Ilkka Leinonen, Natural Resources Institute (Finland)
10:30   Is gut functionality a limitation for maximizing growth, Birger Svihus, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway)
11:00  Rapid Growth and Leg Weakness in Broilers, Bob Wideman, Jr., University of Arkansas (USA)
11:30  Fast Muscle Growth in Meat Quality Issues, Massimiliano Petracci, University of Bologna (Italy)
12:00   Consequences of the Breeding of Broilers for Rapid Growth and High Breast Meat Yield, and Their Genetic Mitigation, Avigdor Cahaner, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
12:30  Discussion and Conclusions
13:30  Lunch Break
14:30  Meeting of WPSA Members


On the day b2021 espnefore the meeting, WG2 members will visit the ‘Rimini Conference Centre’ where the 23rd edition of European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) will be hosted from September 20th to 23rd, 2021. The city of Rimini, is an ideal place for the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition and the modern as well as eco-friendly venue is the perfect stage for the event. Many attendees including both poultry research scientists and practitioners, leading speakers from across the world joining together to explore the past, share the present and helping to forge the future of poultry meat science. More details are already available at the Symposia website: https://www.espn2021.eu/.

Massimiliano Petracci, Secretary, Italian Branch of WPSA
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Japan

The Journal of Poultry Science (JPS), the official scientific journal published by the Japan Poultry Science Association (JPSA), became a member of PubMed Central (PMC), and the articles of the journal can be accessed through the PubMed search engine. We welcome the contribution of original research articles and reviews to the JPS using the following web site: https://jpn-psa.jp/en/jps-en/.

The 2020 Spring Meeting of JPSA will be held at Kyoto University in Kyoto during 27–28 March where presentations of original research findings, a symposium, a general meeting and a council meeting will be organised. The council meeting will be held on March 27, and the presentations of research findings as well as the general meeting will be organised on March 28.

The presentations of original research findings will include 48 titles, 17 titles of which will be candidates for the Presentation Award of young researchers. The theme of the symposium is: ‘The needs of a Ph.D. status in the industries’. It will be a joint symposium with the Japan Animal Science Association. For The detailed information please see the JPSA website (http://jpn-psa.jp/oshirase/?lang=en).

The best paper award for young researchers will be announced, 2019 of the JPS will be announced during the general meeting. The General meeting members will also involve the election of new board members and the Secretary for the JPSA, including Japan’s councillor members for the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) assembly in Paris. The officers will be elected to serve for the next two years.

The JPS (the official journal of JPSA, IF: 0.670) always welcomes the submission of reviews and original papers. Free access to download the full-published articles in JPS is available on J-Stage (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jpsa), which provides an excellent opportunity for all to access the published articles.

JPSA wants to contribute to poultry science, not only in Japan, but all over the globe by enhancing its international activities with JPSA members from different countries. Thus, JPSA has a membership category for foreign citizens residing abroad as ‘Special International Member’. The page charges to publish such member’s papers in the JPS are set the regular membership price. JPSA invariably welcomes new members from all over the world. Please visit our JPSA website (http://jpn-psa.jp/?lang=en) for further information.

Naoki Goto, Secretary of WPSA Japan Branch

New Zealand

The 2020 New Zealand Poultry Industry Conference will be held on 6-7 October 2020, in Nelson, New Zealand

IReza Abdollahi, Secretary, New Zealand Branch

Russia

Scientific communication with industry: The VNITIP Federal Scientific Centre of the Russian Science Academy in Serguiev Posad, Moscow Region, recognises the importance of scientific communication with the industry and has a programme to encourage this effort. Every year more than 1000 experts from Russia and abroad attend lectures from leading scientists in poultry industry areas, exchange experiences and discuss innovations from local and foreign poultry science efforts in Ptitsegrad. All are welcome to attend the courses in Serguiev Posad.

Tatiana Vasilieva, Secretary

 

Spain

The Spanish branch of WPSA organises the 7th Mediterranean Poultry Summit that will be held from March 25-27, 2020 in the city of Córdoba. More than 250 attendees are expected at this meeting from more than 30 countries. Scientists will present about 100 scientific communications covering many topics of poultry science, especially on topics important for the Mediterranean area.
In addition, 15 guest speakers will provide keynote presentations during the sessions. Several workshops will also be held. Speakers such as Michael Czarick, who will chair a workshop on ventilation or Wim Tondeur, who will chair a workshop on slaughtering problems, will be among the guest stars for the event. All information on the Mediterranean Poultry Summit is available at: www.mpn-wpsa.org

Carlos Garcés Narro, Secretary, Spain Branch

Turkey

The General Assembly of the WPSA Turkish Branch, which is held every three years, met on 21 January 2020. After the approval of the activity report, elections were held for new board members. The following members were elected:

President: Prof. Dr Rüveyde Akbay
Vice-President: Dr Kemal Akman
Secretary: Prof. Dr Kâzım Şahin
Treasurer: Assoc. Prof. Dr Cengizhan Mızrak
Board Member: Mr. Gülbenk Yalçın
Board Member: Mr. Yüce Canoler
Board Member: Prof. Dr Sezen Özkan

In the first board meeting held after the General Assembly, it was decided to organise a symposium with the title ‘Hormones, Antibiotics and GDO in Poultry Meat.’ That symposium will be held on 19 March in Ankara to inform the general public about the status of these factors, and to dispel misconceptions regarding the occurrence of these items in poultry products.
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Prof. Dr Sezen Özkan, Secretary, WPSA Turkish Branch

United Kingdom

New Opportunity: The GD Rosen Academic Career Advancement Award

The UK branch is pleased to announce a new Academic Career Advancement Award in memory of Professor Gordon D Rosen. Gordon contributed a highly logical and very descriptive approach to animal nutrition from the 1960s through to just a few years before his death in 2015. A full obituary for him is available in volume 71 of World’s Poultry Science Journal. He was an inspirational person whose curiosity and gently framed yet penetrating questions made him a legend. There is a generation of scientists influenced by his presence – always in the front row – of scientific meetings, and now his wife Vanda would like to encourage other scientists to develop their own inquisitiveness through this new award.

The GD Rosen Academic Career Advancement Award provides £2000 each year to fund an academic adventure. With this aim, the award is open in nature, while particularly encouraging people to become multidisciplinary in their approach to research. The award is open to UK branch members who are within their early career spanning from 2 years to 5 years post PhD viva. Examples of proposals might include a request to attend an academic conference (particularly one outside your core field), support for an educational tour of another country or global region, support to visit another institution to learn a new technique or approach, or support to publish a major research output in a journal requiring publication fees.

Proposal forms and conditions of the GD Rosen Award can be found on the WPSA-UK website.
The DEADLINE for this years APPLICATIONS was 30th January 2020.

Dr Emily Burton, UK Branch Secretary

USA

The coalition of North American branches of WPSA (USA, Canada and Mexico) is excited to announce that the coalition is in the process of developing a bid to host the XXVII World’s Poultry Congress in 2024. We have selected Toronto, Canada, as our proposed site for this event and look forward to sharing more bid information with our WPSA colleagues over the next few months leading up to the World’s Poultry Congress this summer in Paris.

Bob Buresh, WPSA Senior Vice President, and Secretary USA Branch

 

June 2018 Newsletter

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Volume 43, June 2018  Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein, ghavenst [AT] ncsu [DOT] edu 

 

Executive Committee

Secretary's Report

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Board meeting 2018
The annual WPSA board meeting is planned for 16-17 September 2018 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, prior to the European Poultry Conference.

WPSA programmes
WPSA has several programmes to support members and branches. Details on the Travel Grant programmes, the Speakers’ Bureau programme and proposals for Branch Development can be found on the WPSA website. Criteria for eligibility are published together with the (different) deadlines for the individual programmes. Please follow the instructions as inaccurate, incomplete and late applications have to be rejected. 

WPSA presence at conferences and exhibitions
WPSA representatives were present at AGRA ME, Dubai, UAE and Victam Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. Visitors collected promotional materials for WPSA, the WPS Journal, WPC 2020 and for several other symposia and conferences which were on display. 

During the coming month, WPSA representatives will also attend VIV Europe, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Many members have already indicated that they will be visiting our booth during the exhibition.

The Asian Pacific Poultry Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 25-27 March, was a great success. Over 1200 participants came from all over the world. 

2018 news russiaFrom 9-11 May the International Poultry Conference that took place in Nigde, was organised by the Turkish branch of WPSA; and from 15-17 May the International Conference that was held in Sergiev Posad, which was organised by the Russian Branch of WPSA, were attended. Both conferences were very well attended and proved that knowledge dissemination is very important. These types of meetings are excellent tools for that purpose.

During the coming months, several conferences and other meetings are scheduled. In June, the Mediterranean Poultry Summit, Torino, Italy; and in September the European Poultry Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, will be held. In November the Algerian Branch is organising the Algerian and Maghreb Conference in Constantine, Algeria; and in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, there is a Poultry Summit on innovations being planned. Members are invited to attend these events and to meet many WPSA members and representatives. Details on these and other meetings can be found on the WPSA calendar.

Change of officers
During the Asia Pacific Poultry Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, representatives of the Asia Pacific Federation member branches met. Election of the next president and the election of the venue for the next Asia Pacific Poultry Conference were on the agenda. 
Dr Sakchai Sriboonsue from Thailand was elected president and is the successor of Mr Alan Gibbins, who has served as president for past 12 years. The China branch will organise the next APPC 2022.

Cooperation with the organisation on World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH)
The WVEPAH, a non-profit organisation organises training courses on poultry (for 3 à 4 weeks) in several countries. More details are on www.wvepah.org. All activities will also be announced on our website and in the WPS Journal.

Dr Roel Mulder

Treasurer's Report

bradley francine newThe last three months have been busy ones. Thanks to the energetic work of Dr Mulder, I had a fine list of generous companies ready to support our Journal. So springtime duties included invoicing all those Journal advertisers and sponsors. I am delighted to report that well over two-thirds have already fulfilled their commitments and more payments arrive weekly.

It was my great pleasure to receive an invitation from the Mexico Branch to participate in their Universiada. This event was held prior to the start of the 2018 ANECA Conference in Ixtapa, Guerrero. The Branch had invited some 150 veterinary students to participate in the daylong event. First the students heard from the hosts and then were motivated by the life stories of a number of successful poultry veterinarians and poultry producers. My slot was devoted to telling the students about WPSA and how they could use their WPSA membership to develop professionally, both while in school and throughout their careers. A good portion of my presentation was devoted to walking them through the steps in making a good Young Scientist Travel Grant application.

Unfortunately, many of the students had limited English skills. Fortunately for me, our member and ANECA President, Dr Miguel Casillas, assisted me with translations. Helping Dr Casillas with so much of the prep work for this event were Julio Arrellano (Administrative Director of ANECA) and our faithful, Dr Maritza Tamayo.

2018 june FB Ruiz anecaCovering not only the Universiada, but the entire ANECA event was Benjamin Ruiz, Editor-in-Chief for Watt Publishing’s Industria Avicola. Before I even departed from Ixtapa, there was an article on-line detailing the Universiada. Mr. Ruiz also gave a very nice ‘plug’ for WPSA and the opportunities we offer students. I was especially happy that he reported on the two Mexican students who took advantage of such WPSA-sponsored programmes to attend the WPSA/United States Branch Student Programme at the 2018 Pacific Egg and Poultry Association in California.

Dr Francine Bradley


 

Branch Development Programme

In the Board meeting held during WPC2016 in Beijing, China, the Board decided to increase the funds available for Branch Development by making a formal call for Branch Development Proposals. In 2018 we approved proposals from Croatia and Senegal.

For more information click here.

Next deadline for submission of Branch Development Proposals is July 1st.


epc2018 website 

 
  XV EUROPEAN POULTRY CONFERENCE  

   Dubrovnik, Croatia, 17-21 September 2018 


The Croatian Branch is finalising its preparation for EPC 2018 which will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on September 17-21, 2018. The submission of abstracts ended on March 15, 2018. EPC 2018 will have a very interesting scientific programme, so you are warmly invited to join us and contribute to the Congress!

The Conference will be held in Valamar Hotel & Resorts in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 17-21 September, and we anticipate that more than 1,000 participants from all over the world will be in attendance to improve their knowledge of poultry research and production.

Early Bird Registration ended on April 30, 2018, but registration is still open to those interested in attending. Special registration fees apply for WPSA members and students.

More information can be found on the web site www.epc2018.com

Conference topics

  • Economics and Marketing
  • Nutrition
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Egg Safety and Quality
  • Poultry Meat Quality and safety
  • Reproduction and Incubation
  • Poultry Health
  • Poultry Housing and management
  • Poultry Welfare
  • Turkeys
  • Education an Information
  • Physiology
  • Family Poultry Production
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Other

EPC2018 Programme at a glance

MONDAY, 17TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Welcome cocktail and Opening Ceremony

TUESDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Plenary sessions in the morning
Oral presentation and Workshops in the afternoon

WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Plenary sessions in the morning
Oral presentation and Workshops in the afternoon
Gala dinner

THURSDAY, 20TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Plenary sessions in the morning
Workshops in the afternoon
Closing ceremony

FRIDAY, 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018
Technical tour and Youth programme

Plenary Speakers and the titles of their Lectures

(Alphabetical order)

Barbut, Shai: New insights on breast myopathies
De Cesare, Alessandra: Metagenomic insights into the dynamics of microbial communities in poultry and poultry products : current challenges and future opportunities.
Humphrey, Tom: Campylobacter infection compromises broiler health, welfare and performance.
Norton, Tomas: Application of precision livestock farming technologies in the poultry sector.
Nys, Yves: How scientific innovation may improve egg production and quality on the development of non-food uses of eggs.
Ryhlil, Ivan: Microbiota, chicken gut health, and antibiotic reduction/resistance.
Savic, Vladimir: Viral infections of poultry – the globally challenging situation.
Siegert, Wolfgang: Non-essential amino acids – the forgotten nutrients.
Sossidou, Evangelia N.: Managing on-farm health and welfare risks to promote sustainability in poultry.
Steenfeldt, Sanna: Alternative protein sources for poultry nutrition.
Tixier-Boichard, Michelle: Are there limits to selection in poultry: theoretical, biological, ethical, environmental?
Yalcin, Servet: Preincubation and incubation conditions, hatching time and broiler growth.

WPSA’s Croatian Branch members are looking forward to welcoming you to Dubrovnik

Helga Medic, Secretary, Croatia Branch


European Federation

The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and the end of 2018.
News from a number of European Federation's working groups is provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News

WG2

Nutrition

The next European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN2019) will be organised by the Polish Branch, and will be held in Gdansk, Poland from 10-13 June 2019. We will look forward to seeing all of you there.

WG4 and 5

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The ‘XXIV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat’ will be conjointly held with the ‘XVIII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products’ in Çeşme, İzmir, Turkey between 23 -26 June 2019. Visit http://www.eggmeat2019.com to keep you updated. Special reduced registration fees are available for WPSA members and students.


Asia Pacific Federation

Asia Pacific Federation Meeting

The Asia Pacific Federation held its General Meeting on 26th March during the Asian Pacific Poultry Conference in Bangkok. This was well attended by delegates from nine of the Federation branches as well as the President of WPSA, Dr Ning Yang and the General Secretary of WPSA, Dr Roel Mulder.
The current President, Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President of the Asia/Pacific Federation, their four-year terms at an end, stepped down. In the following election of officers of the Federation Dr Sakchai Sriboonsue from the Thailand branch was elected as the new President with Mr Chuang Ma from the China branch elected as Senior Vice-President and Dr Nasir Mukhtar from the Pakistan branch elected as Junior Vice-President.
The office of Secretary is not an elected one, so in due course a new Secretary will be chosen and announced by the Presidents. The outgoing Secretary is Dr M. Abdollahi from the New Zealand branch.
The Immediate Past President, Mr Alan Gibbins from the New Zealand branch, who had served in this role for 12 years congratulated the new leadership of the Federation and wished them and the Federation well for the future.
Under another agenda item, the selection of host for the upcoming 12th APPC was made. This was gained by the China branch. The meeting attendees thanked the China branch for taking on this huge responsibility.
Other discussions at the meeting focussed on the Federation’s Constitution and a draft protocol for the selection of hosts for future Federation conferences.

Alan Gibbins, President Asian/Pacific Federation

WPSA Asian-Pacific Working Group News

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Ratites

A meeting of the Ratite Working Group was held on 14 March 2018 in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. The next Ratite Science Symposium has been planned for 2020. Anyone who is involved in ratite research and is interested in joining the Ratite Working Group is asked to contact Anel Engelbrecht at anele [AT] elsenburg [DOT] com.

Anel Engelbrecht


World's Poultry Science Journal

You are likely aware that the last few years have seen academic publishers engaging with scholarly collaboration networks in various ways, trying to balance their popularity with authors and researchers against concerns over large-scale copyright infringement. Cambridge University Press, along with SpringerNature and Thieme, has just signed an agreement with ResearchGate to foster responsible sharing - see our joint statement here. Other publishers took part in the negotiations and are working to have a deal in place soon.

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Upcoming articles

Articles in upcoming Journal(s)

  • Muhammad Arif - Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan) as an alternative protein source in broiler feed
  • Stephen Rose - Egg production in China
  • Jag Mohan - History of artificial insemination in poultry, its components and significance
  • Vincenzo Tufarelli - Practical applications of agricultural wastes in poultry feeding in Mediterranean and Middle East regions. Part 1: citrus, grape, pomegranate and apple wastes
  • Mahmoud Alagawany - The usefulness of oregano and its derivatives in poultry nutrition
  • Usama Aftab - Prospects of improving efficiency of feed uitilisation in broiler
  • Birendra Mishra - Regulation of egg formation in the oviduct of laying hens
  • Vincenzo Tufarelli - Practical applications of agricultural wastes in poultry feeding in Mediterranean and Middle East regions. Part 2: tomato, olive, date, sunflower wastes
  • Elena Sizova - Metal particles as trace-element sources: current state and future prospects
  • M. Shahid Mahmood - Role of cytosine-phosphate-guanosine-Oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODNs) as adjuvant in poultry vaccines
  • Sun Chao - Prospects of royal jelly as a potential natural feed additive in poultry diets

Summaries

Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan) as an alternative protein source in broiler feed

M.E. ABD EL-HACK, A.A. SWELUM, M.A. ABDEL-LATIF, D. MÁS TORO and M. ARIF

Pigeon pea (PP), Cajanus cajan, is a plant that is cultivated for human food and animal feed. It exists as a wide range of cultivars, and their flexibility for use in animal rearing systems have made PP popular, especially for small-scale farmers. PP is grown widely in India and in parts of Africa and Central America. The main producers of PP in the world are India, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Mozambique, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the West Indies in the Caribbean and Latin America region, Indonesia and the Philippines and Australia. Analysis has shown that PP contains 17.9-24.3% crude protein (CP) in whole grain, and 21.1-28.1% in split seeds, and high protein genotypes contain 32.5%. Optimal levels of utilisation have been shown to improve broiler performance and may reduce daily feed cost. However, PP contains anti-nutritional factors that negatively affect feed efficiency. The use of processing methods such as fermentation, boiling, milling, soaking, and roasting can minimise any harmful effects and improve its nutritive quality, positively enhancing performance parameters. Studies on the use of PP suggested that it can be included at 7.5% of the diet or as 50% substitution for soybean meal in broiler diets.

Egg production in China

Z. YANG, S.P. ROSE, H.M. YANG, V. PIRGOZLIEV and Z.Y. WANG

China has been the world’s largest producer of eggs for the last 30 years. There have been considerable recent changes in the structure of the egg industry due to rapid economic growth, improved supply chains and favourable prices. Since 2012, revenue from poultry has increased by 8.7% on average. Annual growth rate of egg production has been approximately 0.6 million tonnes per year from 2000 to 2016 (FAO, 2017), and 2016 saw the total eggs produced reaching a peak of 31 million tonnes. Egg production in China continues to provide the population with a significant proportion of their intake of high quality dietary protein. Egg consumption is expected to continue to increase with the rise in the urban population. It is probable that the highest increase in demand for eggs will be for ‘out of home’ consumption and in processed food products. These levels of production are associated with the spread of intensive systems. The poultry sector is no longer dominated by hundreds of millions of smallholders keeping birds as a side-line activity and many small farmers have ceased production. Chinese consumers are becoming more focused on the quality and safety of eggs. Future developments in the egg production are expected to concentrate on quality, safety and traceability of eggs.

History of artificial insemination in poultry, its components and significance

J. MOHAN, S.K. SHARMA, G. KOLLURI and K. DHAMA

Artificial insemination (AI) technology use in poultry production has enabled the rapid dissemination of genetic material from a small number of superior males to a high number of females. Excellent fertility in poultry can be obtained by AI compared to natural mating. Successful application of this technique needs good quality semen that should be inseminated very close to the sperm storage tubules in the female to obtain the optimum fertility in chicken. Since the 1950s, AI has been used in commercial poultry production, initially in Israel and Australia, followed by the USA. Doses of spermatozoa required for AI increases with storage time or that obtained from aged bird. The average volume of semen is between 0.05-0.50 ml in light chicken breeds and 0.1-0.9 ml in heavy males. In light turkeys, volume is 0.08-0.30 ml, whereas in heavy-weight males it is 0.1-0.33 ml. Quality evaluation of semen gives an indication of the male reproductive potential and is the major determinant of fertility and subsequently hatchability of eggs. Semen from cockerels contains between 3-7 billion sperm cells/ml. Among the several factors that influence the semen quality, sperm motility is a primary determinant of fertility in domestic fowls; however, visual examination of semen cannot be ignored for successful AI under field conditions. Dilution of low and viscous volume of avian semen is essential for handling and storage, and chicken semen typically requires a two to three-fold dilution. Collected samples should be preserved at 2-8°C for avian species, ideally with turkey sperm stored at 4-8°C, and chicken semen at 7-8°C for good fertility. Currently, the technique of AI in most of the poultry species is well developed; however, there is a need for successful development programme of this technique in non-domesticated birds to assist in creating viable, self-sustaining populations of critically endangered species.

Practical applications of agricultural wastes in poultry feeding in Mediterranean and Middle East regions. Part 1: citrus, grape, pomegranate and apple wastes

M. AZIZI, A.R. SEIDAVI, M. RAGNI, V. LAUDADIO and V. TUFARELLI

In the last few decades, there has been growing interest in the use of agricultural wastes as feed ingredients in poultry diet to maximise their potential output. Many wastes of the agroindustry (e.g. citrus, grape, pomegranate and apple processing) have significant antioxidant properties, due to their bioactive compounds (polyphenols, flavonoids). It has been reported that citrus and grape wastes can be successfully included in broilers diets up to 3%, which increases carcass and meat yield and reduces abdominal fat (by 10% on average). Pomegranate can be included up to 2% supplementation and is associated with improved feed efficiency (by 12% in broilers). Apple by-products can be formulated up to 5% in diets for meat-type broilers and up to 10% in laying hens diet to reduce oxidative stress. Therefore, the application of these by-products in poultry diets could combine the positive effects of improving the qualitative characteristics of animal products as well as human health with reducing concerns related with their disposal into the environment. In this review, the findings on the effects of some agricultural wastes, from typically-cultivated products originating in Mediterranean and Middle East regions on poultry performance, carcass characteristics, immune response, plasma constitutes, intestinal microbiota and enzyme activity are reviewed and discussed.

The usefulness of oregano and its derivatives in poultry nutrition

M. ALAGAWANY, M.E. ABD EL-HACK, M.R. FARAG, H.M. SHAHEEN, M.A. ABDEL-LATIF, A.E. NORELDIN and A.K. PATRA

Origanum vulgare is a natural, less toxic, residue free feed supplement for poultry when compared to other synthetic ingredients. It contains key bioactive components, including as thymol and carvacrol. O. vulgare as a poultry feed supplement has had an antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, immunomodulatory and antiparasitic effect. The potential advantages of utilising oregano extracts, in poultry diets include improved feed intake and feed conversion, enhanced digestion, expanded productive performance, down-regulated disease incidence and economic losses. From the available literature, average inclusions of oregano essential oil up to 600 mg/kg in broiler diets increased body weight gain. Using 1% oregano oil in broiler diets improved feed conversion ratio and feed utilisation. Moreover, oregano can induce a marked improvement on the intestinal microbiota and ileal villus height of broilers when combine with attapulgite by ratio 15 mg/kg of oregano. Broilers fed 300-ppm oregano oil in their diet display higher IgG titres relative to those reared on control (without supplementation) diet. Including 240 mg oregano supplementation per kg diet appears to give an optimum level for protecting broiler chickens from C. perfringens infections. Bioactive components extracted from O. vulgare parts could be used in poultry diets levels of 10 to 30 g/kg. This review includes information on the use of O. vulgare and its derivatives in poultry nutrition. To maximise the overall productivity of poultry, oregano may be used as a natural alternative to antibiotics and drugs due to the absence of side effects and residues.

Prospects of improving efficiency of feed utilisation in broiler

U. AFTAB, M.R. BEDFORD and D. CRESWELL

This review provides a synopsis of nutritional strategies used to improve the efficiency of feed efficiency (FE) of broilers at a given nutrient density. A small reduction in feed intake can improve FE as a function of improved nutrient digestibility and or post-absorptive metabolism. Restriction of nutrient intake to slow down growth during the mid-growth period followed by reinstatement of conventional feed afterwards, may lead to compensatory growth and improved FE. Replacement of part of the dietary starch with a slowly digested starch source has been shown to help improve growth performance and FE, perhaps by sparing amino acid catabolism by enterocytes, and/or through more synchronised uptake of glucose and nitrogen by the systemic circulation. Development of a larger, more functional gizzard, through provision of feed with coarser particles or structural fibre has been shown to improve digestibility and efficiency of nutrient utilisation. Although broilers are often fed pelleted diets which achieve better growth performance than a mash counterpart, the particulars of the process, including pellet quality, pelleting temperature, and particle size within pellets are important determinants of the magnitude of the pelleting response. Use of the high doses of phytase, often referred to as phytase super-dosing, targeting more complete phytate destruction have been shown to improve FE of broiler fed commercial diets. It can be speculated that combined use of these strategies could potentially help improve FE by between 8 to 10 points (0.08-0.1).

Regulation of egg formation in the oviduct of laying hen

N. SAH and B. MISHRA

In the adult hen, the oviduct receives the ovum from the ovary and provides the biological environment for the formation and potential fertilisation of the egg. During egg formation, albumin, from the magnum is deposited around the yolk, followed by the eggshell membranes from the isthmus, which subsequently surround the egg. As the yolk traverses through the oviduct, calcium is deposited on to it, from the uterus, forming a hardened eggshell. Ovalbumin, avid in and ovomucin secreted from magnum provides content and antimicrobial activity in the egg-white. Collagen X and fibril in 1 from the isthmus make up the fibrous eggshell membranes. Cabinda 1, ovocleidin-116 and secreted phosphoprotein 1 secreted from the shell gland contribute in calcium ion remodelling for eggshell mineralisation. This review summarises the expression pattern and functional role of genes having a leading role in the egg formation.

Practical applications of agricultural wastes in poultry feeding in Mediterranean and Middle East regions. Part 2: tomato, olive, date, sunflower wastes

M. AZIZI, A.R. SEIDAVI, M. RAGNI, V. LAUDADIO and V. TUFARELLI

Agroindustry wastes from tomato, olive, date and sunflower processing have valuable nutritional characteristics, and could be included in poultry rations to facilitate reducing feeding costs. By-products of tomato and olive processing can be supplemented in the diet of broilers and laying hens by up to 10% without detrimental effects on production, whilst improving the biochemical blood profile and enhancing the oxidative status of birds. Published research has shown that feeding sunflower and date wastes could be successfully added to diet at high inclusion levels (up to 30 and 40%, respectively) resulting in heavier broiler carcasses and increased number of eggs produced by laying hens. In this paper, applications of agricultural wastes and by-products in poultry feeding is reviewed, and the documented and novel findings related to their influence on poultry production, health and gut microbiota are discussed.

Metal particles as trace-element sources: current state and future prospects

V.I. FISININ, S.А. MIROSHNIKOV, Е.А. SIZOVA, А.S. USHAKOV and Е.P. MIROSHNIKOVA

Birds have evolved in direct contact with natural nanoparticles (NPs) that are identical to artificial trace-element NPs. This relationship, the high action potential and their ability to reduce environmental pollution make NPs a promising component of bird diets. However, from available published studies there is no unity in justifying the applied dosages of NPs and their calculations. NPs are used in the studies in various doses, for example: Cu 0.5-50 mg/kg, Ag 10-1000 mg/kg, Se 0.2-5 mg/kg, Cr 500-1500 ppb. Therefore, universal approaches and criteria of NP investigations are necessary for the establishment of their use in feed.
The mechanisms of action of the trace elements in artificial NPs in birds vary from the those of ionic forms of trace elements, which determine the differences in the productive effect. According to data from different authors, chickens receiving NPs in feed have higher chickens body weight by 13-24%. Such benefits have increased interest in sources of trace-element NPs significantly over the past two decades. The design of trace-element NPs has led to promising developments in the safe use of NPs for poultry nutrition, such as coating NPs with inert substances and adjusting their size. However, constraining circumstances determined by the difficulty of predicting the toxic properties of nanostructures exist, even though artificial trace-element NPs are a relatively safe class of nanostructures due to their production requirements, and metal NPs are already used in human food and medicine. The following review discusses the benefits and potential hazardous effects of NPs and the possibility of using them as feed supplements for poultry.

Role of cytosine-phosphate-guanosine-Oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODNs) as adjuvant in poultry vaccines

M. USMAN ISHAQ, AZHAR RAFIQUE, H.M.N. CHEEMA, M. UMER ASHRAF, S.U. RAHMAN, R. ZAHID ABBAS and M. SHAHID MAHMOOD

Oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) containing cytosine-phosphate-guanosine sequence (CpG) is considered as an immune stimulator when it is fed to animals. These synthetic molecules mount different immune responses in the animals including mice, chickens, ducks, dogs and horses. CpG ODNs induce specific antigenic immunity against co-administered vaccines and are well tolerated in healthy individuals and are capable of stimulating toll-like receptors (TLRs) such as TLR-9 to activate innate immunity. The CpG ODNs can be used as an adjuvant in different vaccines synthesised specifically for poultry diseases caused by viruses and bacteria. In chickens, CpG ODNs stimulate TLRs involved in humoral immunity. CpG ODNs have been used as mucosal vaccine adjuvants against several pathogens, including avian influenza and Newcastle disease. The CpG ODNs function to protect the chickens from Newcastle disease by producing plasma dendric cells (pDCs) which ultimately produce interferons (INFs). The inoculation of CpG ODNs along with the cationic microparticles and DNA vaccine for infectious bursal disease virus result into the influx of T cells and a reduction of antigen load. When CpG ODNs are used against avian leucosis, they result in significantly higher antibody titres. In many other vaccines e.g., infectious laryngotracheitis, infectious bronchitis, herpes, viral enteritis, Marek’s disease virus, E. coli and Salmonella spp. including CpG ODNs exhibit immunostimulatory effects. In conclusion, CpG ODNs may be used as effective adjuvants in viral, bacterial and parasitic vaccines in poultry.

Prospects of royal jelly as a potential natural feed additive in poultry diets

M. SAEED, S.A. KALHORO, M. NAVEED, F.U. HASSAN, M. UMAR, M. RASHID, S.A. MEMON, F. SOOMRO, M.A. ARAIN and S. CHAO

Royal Jelly (RJ) is product from bees that is used to feed larvae in the hive as well as a main nutritional source for the queen honey bee. It has various important biological activities including as an antioxidant, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, cholesterol-lowering, and growth promoter activities and has the ability for inhibition of certain enzymatic degradation. It can be used for the improvement of growth performance, gut health and quality and safety of animal products in poultry due to its antioxidant and immune modulating properties. The antioxidant activity of RJ is mainly due to the presence of polyphenolic compounds. It is an excellent source of B and C vitamins and folic acid. The mineral profile of RJ is useful as it contains major macro and micro minerals. Studies conducted on supplementation with RJ in poultry diets have shown a significant increase in body weight, egg production, and immune levels and is especially useful in organic production. Supplementation of RJ at the level of 10 and 15 mg/kg in layer diets positively influenced egg weight (by 5.0% and 4.8% respectively), egg production (10.5% and 11.0% respectively), weight gain of hens (7.0% and 6.5% respectively) and yolk pigmentation (9.5% and 9.7% respectively). Total leukocyte and erythrocyte counts in the diet containing 200 mg/kg RJ were significantly higher than the diet contained 100 mg/kg or the unsupplemented control group. However, the heterophil/lymphocyte ratio and heterophil percent were reduced in RJ-fed groups. Supplementation poultry diets with RJ offers an opportunity to maximise profit from safe and quality poultry production.

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Branch News

Algeria

On the behalf of the organising and scientific committees, of the combined 5th National Symposium and the 2nd Maghrebin Journee’s of Poultry Science, the Algerian Poultry Science Association (APSA) invites its colleagues to participate in this event.

The meeting will be held from 2 to 4 November 2018 in Constantine at the El-Khayem Hotel. The topics of discussion will include:

Poultry welfare
Poultry feeding and nutrition
Prophylaxis and pathology
Hygiene and quality of the poultry products
Reproduction and selection

For more details on this event, please visit our web site: http://symposium2018.simplesite.com/. We look forward to welcoming you to the city of bridges ‘Constantine’ on November 2 to 4.

Dr O. Bennoune, Algerian Branch Secretary

Austria

The Austrian Branch of WPSA is organising its first WPSA-AT Meeting for the 24th of November 2018 in Vienna. This will be a one-day meeting, which will take place at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and will cover ‘The Use of Antibiotics in Laying Hen Operations'.

Simone Schaumberger, Austria Branch Secretary

China

On 20-21 August 2018, members of the China Branch of WPSA will attend the 10th executive committee meeting of the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, CAAV – Poultry Branch in Xinyang, Henan Province, China. The secretary of WPSA-CN will provide our planned agenda for WPSA-CNs session, and the potential invited speakers for the 19th Annual Conference of Poultry Science to be held in 2019. Meanwhile, preparation is underway for a Symposium on Chicken Quality, and plans for the 2018 annual meeting of CAAV are also being discussed.

Dr Jiangxia ZHENG, China Branch Secretary 

France

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The French Branch of WPSA is delighted to invite you to participate in the upcoming World Poultry Congress that will be held from the 16-20 August 2020 in the attractive city of Paris. Information can be found on the web site http://www.wpcparis2020.com/

Please notice that the organisers propose an Early Sponsoring period for the 2020 World Poultry Congress. The Congress will be held in Paris and will attract more than 3000 attendees from all over the world: experts, scientists, researchers, production specialists will participate in presenting and discussing their most recent findings. The early sponsoring will allow our partners to have the benefit of longer visibility (three years before the event), larger opportunities in the sponsoring of activities, as well as eligibility for a 15% discount in 2018. If you are interested and want to know more about this opportunity, please contact us at wpsafrance [AT] wpsa [DOT] fr or N [DOT] Taleb [AT] clq-group [DOT] com

For more information: http://www.wpcparis2020.com/ 

Yves Nys, President–WPSA France

Hungary

A series of events were organised by the Hungarian Branch, and by the Poultry Product Board (BTT), for the World Poultry Day in Hungary. Through these events, our poultry organisations wanted to show that the poultry sector is becoming a major factor in providing our Hungarian people with high quality animal proteins, as well as people in other parts of the World.

Several years ago, the Hungarian Poultry Product Board urged a number of international organisations to designate the 10th of May as World Poultry Day. That idea was supported by the Association of Poultry Processors and Poultry Trade in the EU (AVEC), by the International Poultry Council (IPC), and also by the scientific world organisation of the poultry sector, the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA). As a result of this, the events of the World Poultry Day were organised by the WPSA and BTT, and for the first time this year, the IPC also helped organise the event in Hungary which has taken place every year since 2014.

The venue for this year’s World Poultry Day was the Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest. Presenters described the current poultry situation, as well as future possibilities for the poultry industry worldwide. Over 200 participants attended the meeting, representing all sectors of the poultry industry.

Prof. Peter Horn, a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and President of the Hungarian Branch of WPSA served as the Chairman for the Conference.

Dr Attila Csorbai, President of the Hungarian Poultry Product Board opened the event, and handed out the ‘World Poultry Day Awards 2018’ for The Hungarian Poultry Industry to: József Magyar, Zsigmond Bokros, Dr János Benyeda, and Dr János Paljak.

On behalf of the Secretary of the State Ministry of Agriculture, György Czerván, Tamás Tarpataki greeted the meeting and also Tibor Zászlós vice-president of the National Chamber of Agriculture.

Presentations 

Future challenges in the poultry industry: by James H. Sumner, President of the International Poultry Council, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (30’). He indicated that one of the main challenges for the World will be to supply an adequate amount of food for its people. In general, this responsibility will primarily fall on agriculturists, including the poultry sector. He also discussed some of the main barriers, that will cause difficulties in doing this.

Global trends in the poultry industry: by Nan-Dirk Mulder, RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, Atlanta, Restarting of the Poultry Industry (30’). Everyone knows, Rabobank researches and forecasts are one of the best worldwide. The senior analyst showed the main drivers of the poultry economy in different regions, and also commented on their research forecasts.

Challenges and new possibilities in broiler chicken nutrition: by Prof. Károly Dublecz, Pannon University, Georgikon Faculty, Keszthely. The speaker summarised recent research regarding new developments in broiler feeding. Attention was drawn to the anatomical and physiological changes attributable to genetic improvement and their consequences to be considered in designing feeding technologies.

Role of farm hygiene and biosecurity in the safety of production: by Dr Arnaud Collard, Regional Manager Eastern Europe, CID Lines NV. During the year 2017, AI caused tremendous damage to the Hungarian Poultry sector. He pointed out that it is very important for the sector to improve its biosecurity and hygiene at the farm level. He also highlighted the importance of increasing the knowledge at farm-level about AI. He also discussed a model as to potentially how an integrated system could be applied combining farm, national and international levels.

Dr Attila Csorbai

Israel

On May 17, 2018, the Israeli branch conducted a day symposium on several topics:

  • Targeted Illumination in Broiler Breeders.
  • The Effect of Feeding Broiler Breeders with GAA-Guanidinoacetic Acid Supplement (Creatine Precursor) on Laying Performance and Progeny's Productivity.
  • Avian Influenza H9N2 - An Update on 2017-2018 outbreaks in Israel.
  • Newcastle outbreaks – Regional Quarantine Policy.
  • Avian Reovirus - Vaccination to reduce Infection

We are presently preparing for our 53rd Annual Conference which will take place at the end of November 2018 in Tel Aviv. During that 2-day conference, we plan to hold about 15 sessions covering a variety of scientific topics and issues concerning the poultry industry. During the conference, Israeli companies from various sectors of the poultry industry will present their unique products and technological innovations.
We expect to host about 550 participants.

Yitzhak Malka, Israel Branch Secretary

Italy

The Italian Branch of WPSA organised the 54th edition of its annual meeting that dealt with ‘Farming strategies to reduce the antibiotic use in poultry production' on last April 6th at University of Perugia. This hot topic was explored thanks to the contributions of prestigious international speakers such as Giuseppe Diegoli (Prevention and Public Health Service of Emilia-Romagna Region), Jim Donald (Auburn University), Marian Dawkins (University of Oxford), Roy Brister (Tyson Food) and Gianpiero Giorgi (Coop Italia). Slides for the presentations can be accessed at here our website.

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Everything is also ready for the 6th Edition of the Mediterranean Poultry Summit which will be held in Turin (18-20 June, 2018) and prominent invited speakers from various European and Middle East countries will address emerging issues on poultry meat and egg production, especially on those issues that that directly impact the Mediterranean Area. Visit http://www.mpn-wpsa.org/main/ to check the final scientific and social programme.

Any additional information needed can be found on the Branch website: www.wpsa.it.

Massimiliano Petracci, Branch Secretary

Japan

The Spring Meeting of JPSA, 2018 was held at the University of Tokyo, in Tokyo during 29–30 March. The scientific meeting consisted of 51 original research presentations and a seminar. A general meeting and a council meeting were also held. The council meeting was held on March 29, and the research presentations as well as the general meeting were organised on March 30.

During the Spring Meeting, ‘Excellent Presentation Awards’ were given under the categories of ‘students’ or ‘members aged 30 or below’ for the following presentations: 1) ‘Inhibition of intestinal glucose absorption by leptin and its intercellular signalling pathway in broilers’ by Mikako Shibata (Kitasato University); 2) ‘Effect of monochromatic LED lighting on photoreception and post-hatch development in broiler chicks’ by Aimi Tsuchida (Nippon Veterinary Life Science University); 3) ‘Complex of myogenic-type oligodeoxynucleotide and berberine induces differentiation of chick skeletal muscle myoblasts’ by Yuma Nihashi, (Shinshu University); and, 4) ‘Effects of corn particle size in diets on growth performance and digestive tract development in broiler chickens’ by Kanako Matsuhashi (Tohoku University). JPSA congratulates all of the presenters who received these Excellent Presentation Awards during our 2019 Spring Meeting.

A luncheon seminar entitled: ‘Hikari brand iodine-enriched eggs, story behind the development and plan for the future’ was presented by Mr. Jiro Yokoyama of Nosan Corporation. Many scientists attended the luncheon seminar, and an active discussion was held after the presentation. Hikari brand iodine-enriched eggs are laid by hens raised on iodine-blended feed containing powdered seaweed. Hikari eggs were confirmed to have various beneficial health effects which were not found in iodine alone. The Hikari brand of iodine-enriched eggs is now one of the most famous brands of value added eggs. The seminar provided an interesting background story for the eggs.

In addition, the new board members of JPSA were elected by the general meeting to serve during the next two years. Dr Mitsuhiro Furuse (Kyushu University) was elected as the new president of JPSA. Dr Atsushi Tajima (University of Tsukuba) was elected as the new vice president of JPSA, and Dr Naoki Goto (Hendrix Genetics Layers) was re-elected as the vice president of JPSA. The secretaries who were elected were Dr Kan Sato (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology) and Dr Takehito Kuwayama (Tokyo University of Agriculture). The treasurers elected were Dr Takahiro Tagami (Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, NARO) and Dr Makoto Yamazaki (Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, NARO). The new Editorial managers include Dr Takeshi Ohkubo (Ibaraki University) and Dr Hiroki Furuta (Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University).

Notably, the JPSA Technical Award was presented to Dr Katsutoshi Kino, Aichi Agricultural Research Center, for his wonderful research achievements on development of practical poultry production in Aichi prefecture including Nagoya species.

The 2018 Autumn Meeting of JPSA will be held at Tohoku University in Sendai, Miyagi, during 5–6 September. The meeting will contain an open symposium, as well as council and general meetings. A symposium will be held on the revision of the Food Sanitation Law and its influences on the poultry industry. Detailed information on the fall meeting will be provided on the JPSA website (http://jpn-psa.jp/oshirase/?lang=en).

The Journal of Poultry Science (JPS, the official journal of JPSA, Impact Factor: 0.771) always welcomes the submission of reviews and original papers. Free access to download the full-published articles in JPS is available on J-Stage (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jpsa), which provides an excellent opportunity for all to have access to its published articles.

JPSA wants to contribute to poultry science in Japan and all over the world by enhancing its international activities with members from different countries. Thus, JPSA has a membership category for foreign citizens residing abroad as ‘Special International Member’. The page charges to publish their papers in the JPS will be set at a membership price. JPSA always welcomes new members from all over the world. Please visit our JPSA website (http://jpn-psa.jp/?lang=en) for further information.

Naoki Goto, Secretary Japan Branch

Malaysia

The Malaysian Branch has selected its Executive Committee Members for the years 2017 to 2022, and they are as follows:

President: Professor Dr Mohd Hair Bejo
Vice President: Professor Dr Loh Teck Chwen
President Elect: Dato’ Dr Tee Ah Kiat
Immed. Past President: Professor Dr Zulkifli Idrus
Honorary Secretary: Associate Professor Dr Jalila Abu
Assistant Secretary: Dr Lokman Hakim Idris
Honorary Treasurer: Professor Dr Siri Suri Arshad
Member: Datuk Jeffrey Ng Choon Ngee
Member: Dr Noraini Samat
Member: Dr Ahmad Mujahid
Member: Dr Farrah Alias
Member: Dr Phang Yuen Fun

The 3rd Malaysian Scientific Poultry Conference 2018 was jointly organised by the Malaysian Branch of WPSA; the Malaysian Branch of WPVA; the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia; Department of Veterinary Services, Malaysia; and United Business Media (M) Sdn Bhd. It was held in conjunction with the Livestock Asia Expo & Forum 2018.
The Theme for the Conference was: Enhancing Poultry Health and Production for a Sustainable Poultry Industry, and it was held on 18-19 April 2018 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
The 1st day of the Conference included a seminar and workshop on post-mortem examination and diagnosis of Adenovirus, Newcastle Disease and Coccidiosis infections in chickens at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The 2nd day involved a seminar only.

Total attendance: 145 participants including invited speakers
Total invited speakers: 13
Total workshop participants: 41
Total number of poster presentations: 29

Please refer to WPSA (Malaysia) website for more information about our past and future activities.

Assoc Prof Dr Jalila Abu, Malaysian Branch Secretary 

Norway

The Norwegian Branch of WPSA held its annual meeting and seminar on April 19th, 2018. The topic of the seminar was ‘Animal welfare and sustainability – can we have both, or do we have to choose?’ The meeting brought together 46 participants.

Tone Beate Hansen, Norway Branch Secretary

Pakistan

The Pakistan Branch of WPSA will organise a two day ‘National Poultry Symposium on Poultry Health & Welfare (NPSPHW)’ on 11-12 October 2018 to be held in the University Auditorium at PMAS Arid Agriculture University, 46300 Rawalpindi (Islamabad) Pakistan. The organising committee for NPSPHW would like to invite delegates to participate in this Symposium’s events that will be held in this beautiful city of Pakistan. Scientists, experts, researchers and other personnel involved in the poultry industry should attend to share their most recent findings. If you are interested and want to know more about this wonderful opportunity, please contact Asst. Prof. Dr Nasir Mukhtar, Email: nmukhtar [AT] uaar [DOT] edu [DOT] pk, Cell: +92 (0) 300720074.

The first meeting of the year for the Pakistan Branch of WPSA was held at our WPSA office in Faisalabad. The General Secretary Dr Khalid Mehmood Shouq congratulated Dr Nasir Mukhtar, the newly elected Junior Vice-President of the Asian Pacific Federation of WPSA. Furthermore, it was decided that our WPSA - Pakistan Branch will in the future regularly organise a Symposium and International Poultry Conference for the promotion and enhancement of poultry education in Pakistan.

Nasir Mukhtar, Vice-President of the Pakistan Branch

Russia

Scientific communication with industry: The VNITIP Federal Scientific Centre of the Russian Science Academy in Sergiev Posad, Moscow Region, recognises the importance of scientific communication with the industry and has a programme to encourage this effort. Every year more than 1000 experts from Russia and abroad attend lectures from leading scientists in poultry industry areas, exchange experiences and discuss innovations from local and foreign poultry science efforts in Ptitsegrad.
All are welcome to attend the courses in Serguiev Posad.

Tatiana Vasilieva, Russian Branch Secretary

Spain

The Spanish Branch will be holding its LV Symposium Cientifico De Avicultura on October 3-4, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.

Contact: Secretaría Técnica
E-mail: secretaria [AT] wpsa-aeca [DOT] es 
Website: www.wpsa-aeca.es 
Teléfono: + 34 983 474 494
Móvil: + 34 617 331 513

Juan Antonio Játiva, Secretaría AECA-WPSA

Sri Lanka

Your editor apologises for his inadvertent omission of the March input from the Sri Lanka Branch in the last Newsletter. Most of the information that was not duplicative with the information for this newsletter follows.

The Sri Lankan Branch lunched a new website for the Branch in September 2017, with assistance given by WPSA. The web address: www.wpsasl.com

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On September 15th 2017 the Sri Lanka Branch’s Annual Scientific Sessions and Industrial Evening were held at the Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. The theme was ‘Influence of Consumer Perception on Sustainable Poultry Production.’
On this occasion the Chief Guest was Mr Alan Gibbins, President of Asia Pacific Federation of WPSA Branches.
He gave a presentation on ‘The Road Ahead for Poultry’ He said that in 2050 a massive increase in food production is needed to feed an expected world-wide population of 9.5 billion. With this expansion in our worldwide population there will be a growing demand for chicken and eggs which provide high quality protein and also the desired food that most people like. He said that the Poultry Industry has many challenges to face, and the WPSA Board has the vision for WPSA’s future ‘To be the leading global network for poultry science and technology.’

The Keynote Address was given by Mr R Thiagaraja/ Joint Deputy Chairperson, Cargill Bank & President of the Chamber of Commerce.
Guest Speaker Prof Nimal Pathiraja of the International School, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong China., gave a presentation on ‘Poultry Industry and Food Safety’
A presentation on ‘Optimised use of Feed Raw Materials’ was given by Prof K Samarasinghe, of the Dept of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, and University of Peradeniya. 
This was followed by the Felicitation of Dr H P Premasiri who has provided a great service to the industry as well as the branch.

World Egg Day Celebration

On 13th of October 2017 the World Egg Day celebration was held at Hambantota, a rural area in the south of Sri Lanka. A Nutrition Programme for Pregnant Mothers of the area, under the theme ‘Promotion of Chicken and Egg Consumption Among Our Society in Order to Eradicate Protein Malnutrition in Sri Lanka Through Education’. Approximately 100 participants including 70 pregnant mothers, Public Health Inspectors, mid wives and medical officers participated in the event. Six hundred eggs in boxes were distributed among the participants.

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Awareness Programme for School Teachers

As a part of its ‘Continuous Demand Building Programmes for Chicken and Eggs’ island wide. WPSA SL conducted an awareness programme for school teachers at Yashodara Devi Balika Vidyalaya Gampaha on 10th November. Over 100 school teachers participated in the programme.
Dr (Mrs) Erandika Liyanage, Nutritionist, General Hospital Gampaha, conducted a discussion on ‘Nutrition for school children;’ while Dr Athula Mahagamage, Technical Director USSEC, educated the audience on ‘Myths & misconceptions related to chicken & egg consumption’. The attendees were given a free pack of eggs with 10 eggs each.

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Seminar for Key Medical Practitioners in Colombo

WPSA –SL, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association, conducted a seminar on ‘Protein for a Healthy Nation’ for key medical practitioners on 14th December 2017 at Hotel Taj Samudra Colombo. This again is a part of our continuous ‘Demand Building Programmes for Chicken and Eggs’ island wide. Over 80 medical practitioners participated in the programme. Dr (Mrs) Renuka Jayatissa, Head of Department of Nutrition for the Medical Research Institute conducted her discussion on ‘Importance of Protein to prevent diseases,’ while Dr Prasad Katulanda, Senior Lecturer in Medicine & Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist, educated the audience on ‘Myths on diet for Diabetes and Non Communicable diseases’. Finally Dr Chin How Cheong, Poultry Veterinary Consultant in Singapore, conducted his discussion on ‘Myths & misconceptions related to chicken & egg consumption’.

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Database Project

This WPSA-SL project is being done in Collaboration with the Department of Animal Production & Health. The projects objective is to collect and compile all data on the poultry industry so that it is available to all stakeholders and for planners so that forward planning can be done more accurately.

Seminar on Poultry Nutrition & Management for the membership

WPSA – SL in collaboration with Sri Lanka Veterinary Association & US Soya Bean Export Council conducted a seminar on Poultry Nutrition & Management on 23rd Feb 2018 at Hotel Hilltop Kandy. This was conducted as a part of our continuous effort on uplifting the knowledge of the membership.
Over 100 WPSA & SLVA members participated for the Seminar. Dr S.S.P. Silva, Director Veterinary Research Institute (VRI) Sri Lanka; Dr Mrs. Chamari Palliyaguru, Veterinary Research Officer Animal Nutrition, VRI; Dr Nimal Priyankarage, Head - Nutrition Division, VRI; Dr Prabath Samaratunge, President of WPSA SL; and, Athula Mahagamage, Regional Technical Representative USSEC, were among the panel of speakers.

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Turkey

The 'Niğde International Poultry Science Congress of the WPSA Turkish Branch' was successfully held in the unique geological wonderland of Cappadocia during 9-12 May 2018 in cooperation with Niğde Ömer Halisdemir University. Scientists from 17 countries (Algeria, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom) participated in the meeting with scientific papers. Around 300 participants took part in the Congress.

Following the first day's opening programme, where WPSA Secretary General Dr Roel Mulder made some opening remarks, 53 oral presentations and 155 poster presentations were made during the next two days.

In addition to creating an environment for the exchange of information and scientific cooperation among scientists from different countries, trips to Cappadocia and other social programmes helped strengthen the bonds among participants.

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Our preparations are underway for the XXIV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat and XVIII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products to be hosted in the Aegean resort town of Çeşme (İzmir) from the 23-26 June 2019.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Cengizhan Mızrak, Secretary of the WPSA Turkish Branch

United Kingdom

The 2018 UK Branch WPSA Annual Meeting was held outside of the UK for the first time this year, hosted in the impressive venue of the Croke Park Stadium, Dublin, Ireland. The meeting began with a satellite session on Rapeseed Meal, which kicked off the meeting with a stimulating discussion on the nutritional quality of rapeseed meal and its potential for use in non-ruminant diets.

The main sessions were then led by invited speakers, Teun van de Braak (Hendrix) and Jason Gittens (ADAS), who, respectively, provided an insight on the considerations of a breeding programme for prolonging laying cycles in laying hens, and what impact UK buyers’ purchasing non-cage eggs from 2025 might have on the industry. In order to prolong the laying period of our hens, Teun highlighted how the breeding programme needs to reflect the change in the industry demands and housing systems, especially given Jason’s estimation of an increase in free range egg sales (by the major 6 retailers who have recently committed to going cage-free by 2025), requiring an additional 1.8m to 3.8m hens to meet the demands of a growing population.

The high quality of presentations was continued over the rest of the meeting, covering topics in nutrition, physiology and husbandry, followed by short oral introductions to the poster presentations, which included the participation of students. Special recognition was given to Rizwan Azhar for his presentation on how the growing site can influence the AME value of wheat for broilers; and to Hana Hayton for her poster on bio-available and total silicon in broilers as evaluated in the digesta. The President’s prize was awarded to Allison Craig for her presentation on xylanase on broiler growth and flow of carbohydrate fractions; and to Sarah Woods for her poster on selenium sources on broiler antioxidant status. All recipients were awarded with a cheque, and the prize winners were also presented with a book voucher, courtesy of Burleigh Dodds.

The Gordon Memorial Lecture was given by Dr Mike Bedford, research director of AB Vista, who gave an entertaining and thought-provoking lecture on the evolution and application of enzymes in the animal feed industry, focusing on opportunities and misunderstandings in research. Described by a member of the audience as a ‘roller coaster of emotions’, Dr Bedford’s presentation highlighted some of the findings of his experience and career, referencing caution to scientific literature and for the need to accept when enough is enough, or indeed when to accept that what you want to believe is right is in fact wrong! Finishing with presenting a 94.7% correlation with ‘per capita cheese consumption and number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets between 2000 and 2009’, it’s probably fair to say that Dr Bedford’s presentation both worried and inspired the next generation of scientists in the room, and was deserving of the award.

Finally, the industry session covered the technological innovations to improve husbandry and welfare of poultry. Dr David Williams (University of Cambridge) tried to show us the world from a ‘birds’ eye view’ (from a human perspective, asking how can we ever really know?), leaving delegates with an even longer list of questions; whilst Dr Vicky Sandilands (SRUC) demonstrated the pro’s and con’s to the different housing systems on laying bird welfare, being ever-more important as the industry is forced to change.

Ending the meeting, the reigning President Dr Vicky Sandilands awarded the President’s prizes before handing over the new presidency to Dr Emily Burton. The 2018 meeting ended an era for a number of the council members, who after a number of years of hard work and dedication to the branch, handed over to their successors for the roles of secretary, treasurer, council member, with Dr Helen Masey O’Neill stepping into the vice-president position. Looking forward, members can look forward to the 2019 meeting, which again will be alongside BSAS, this time held in the city of Edinburgh.

WPSA UK Branch Administration 2018/2019

The 2018 AGM saw a complete shake up for the Branch administration with several key members coming to the end of their tenure on Council. The end result was a milestone in the development of the Branch with a clean sweep of female offices as follows:

President                                                Dr Emily Burton
Vice President  Dr Helen (Nell) Masey O’Neill
Treasurer/Membership Secretary  Dr Farina Khattak 
Secretary                                                Ms Jackie Linden

 

33rd Poultry Science Symposium

The proposal for the 33rd Poultry Science Symposium is to discuss the topics of prebiotics, probiotics and the poultry microbiome, against the background of a post-antibiotic era. The tentative date for the 33rd PSS would be August 2020, with the preferred venue of Cambridge. As further planning progresses more details will appear on the WPSA UK website at www.wpsa-uk.com

Stephen Lister, UK Branch Secretary

USA

During the PSA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas the USA Branch Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 24, from 10:30 a.m. until Noon in Conference Room 8. All USA Branch members are encouraged to attend and participate in the business and activities of the Branch. Also on Tuesday from Noon until 1:00 p.m. will be the joint WPSA - USA/Canada Branch Luncheon in the Conference Room 12. All members of both branches are encouraged to attend this luncheon also.

The WPSA Lecture (sponsored jointly by the USA and Canadian Branches) will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, July 23rd and will serve as the Keynote Lecture for the Annual Meeting. This year’s lecture entitled ‘The State and Future of the Poultry Industry to Meet Future Global Needs’ will be presented by Rick Kleyn of Spesfeed (Pty) Ltd. from Rivonia, South Africa.

Bob Buresh, USA Branch Secretary

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Executive Committee

Secretary's Report

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Board meeting 2018
The annual board meeting is planned 16-17 September 2018 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, prior to the European Poultry Conference.

WPSA programmes
WPSA has several programmes to support members and branches. Details on the Travel Grant Programmes, the Speakers’ Bureau Programme and Proposals for Branch Development can be found on the WPSA website (under Support). Criteria for eligibility are published together with the (different) deadlines for the individual programmes. Please follow the instructions as inaccurate, incomplete and late applications will be rejected.

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WPSA was present at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, USA and VIV MEA, Abu Dhabi, UAE. In both cases many visitors came to the booth, where promotional materials of WPSA, the WPS Journal and WPC 2020 were displayed. More and more the booth becomes a meeting place for members from several countries.
In the coming months WPSA will be represented at AGRA ME, Dubai, UAE, Victam, Asia, Bangkok, Thailand, and VIV Europe, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
There are a series of upcoming international conferences, for example the Asian Pacific Poultry Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, the Mediterranean Poultry Summit, Torino, Italy, and the European Poultry Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia to which members are invited to attend the event and to meet many WPSA members and representatives. Details on these and other meetings can be found in the calendar on www.wpsa.com

Cooperation with the organization on World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH)
The WVEPAH, a non-profit organization organises training courses on poultry (for 3 à 4 weeks) in several countries. More details are on www.wvepah.org. All activities will also be announced on our website and in the WPS Journal.

Dr Roel Mulder

Treasurer's Report

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The last 6 weeks have been busy travel weeks, including two major trips for WPSA. In February I attended the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, USA. I was joined in the WPSA booth by Drs. Mulder, Buresh, Akbay, and Uni. As usual, IPPE had huge crowds, with visitors coming from around the world. I was delighted that my government recognised the importance of our poultry industries, by sending our Secretary of Agriculture, Dr Sonny Purdue. It was good to have many WPSA members stop by our booth and visit. It was exciting to have new faces - folks who introduced themselves and asked about joining our Association. And as your Treasurer, I was most happy to see those members and Branch Secretaries who came by to pay me their dues!

This week I have been in the Napa Valley of California for the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association (PePa) Meetings. As always, the Student Programme of PePa was sponsored by the United States Branch of WPSA. Historically, poultry students from California, Oregon, Utah, and Washington attend this event. This year, two WPSA Travel Grant recipients from our Mexico Branch, joined the student mix. Our Senior VP, Dr Buresh, was on hand to judge the Student Poster Competition and assist me (PePa Student Programme Chair) at the Awards Ceremony.

2018 PePa mexican studentsThe WPSA-sponsored students from the University of Guadalajara: Jocelyn Barba and Maria Trujillo, were great representatives of their University and their home WPSA Branch. Both students presented posters, participated in the full convention programme, the student activities, networked with poultry scientists and producers, and even tasted a little of the famous Napa Valley wine!

I am delighted to see more students applying from our Latin Branches. Both Jocelyn and Maria have been charged with promoting the programme to classmates and assisting them with future travel grant applications. Being around these students for the entire convention and seeing how they took advantage of every educational opportunity, I can say that WPSA funds were well spent.

Quote from Jocelyn Barba Rodriguez, Mexico

During my stay in California attending the PEPA convention, I had the opportunity to meet many interesting people with a lot of experience in the poultry industry thanks to Dr Bradley. The lectures were really interesting in which they clarified me what was the role of Mexico in the world industry, I especially enjoyed the conference of Jim Summer, President of the United States Export Council for Birds and Eggs. With its motto ‘Poultry and eggs from the United States feed the world’. I think Mexico has the potential to overcome the parameters that have taxes today. The other conferences were topics on which we may not yet worry in Mexico because we have different objectives. On the second day of the conferences I was interviewed by Mr John Bedell from J. S. West Milling Co. and I got an experience about job interviews, I also had the opportunity to meet and discuss the work of Mr Dave Crockett; I had the honour of making two good friends, Miss Alejandra Figueroa and Myrna Cadena of Davis University, who gave me a little tour of their workplace and their medicine unit. In summary, the experience was enriching in many ways, I met many people with an impressive trip, I have been very fortunate, I would like to thank them for making it possible for me to have the opportunity to go so far.

Quote from Maria Trujillo

I want to thank you for the opportunity that WPSA provided to me. Having attended the PePa Convention has been a truly gratifying experience in my life.
The entire event was quite interesting, from the student poster presentations (my participation in these poster presentations goes without saying), the informational sessions, and the debate between the students over the poultry case reports. Every moment left me with new knowledge which adds to my experience as a future professional in the avian sciences.
In terms of the sessions, I want to mention that the presentation I found very inspirational was that of Marilyn Dolan and Hinda Mitchell titled ‘Social Media, don’t be a hater’, because social media is a good diffuser of information to initiate a campaign in Mexico about the importance of avian production. In this way, the population will value its labour as well as the food that is produced.
During the convention, I had the pleasure of meeting many poultry producers and avian scientists. The individuals I remember most and with whom I had the opportunity to interact were Dr Rocio Crespo, DVM from the Avian Health & Food Safety Lab, WA and Dr Rodrigo Gallardo, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. I was also able to interact closely with Dave Crockett and his wife, Julie Crockett, business partners of NuCal Foods, an important company for the poultry industry. I had the opportunity to network with students from different universities and I am pleased to say that I made good relationships with some of them, for example, Alejandra Figueroa and Myrna Cadena from the University of California, Davis, as well as Rodrigo López and Cirenio Hisasaga from California State University, Fresno.
Of course, I cannot fail to mention that the experience touring through Napa and the nearby towns was wonderful. Visiting the places that our new friends from UC Davis took us throughout the university and the city of Davis was equally amazing. I returned to Mexico with a piece of California in my heart.
Once again, I greatly appreciate this opportunity.

Dr Francine Bradley


Reminder about Travel Grant and Speaker’s Bureau Application Submissions

Passport WPSA crop LRThe WPSA Board fully supports the awarding of Travel Grants (both for young WPSA members/students and older members) as well as the assistance for branches utilising the WPSA Speaker’s Bureau programme. Each of these programmes was developed with the intent to provide financial assistance to support members and branches demonstrating legitimate needs in these areas. All submitted applications are sent to the General Secretary of the WPSA for initial review and consideration. Those meeting ALL necessary application requirements are then forwarded to the WPSA Executive Committee for the next step in the application approval process.
To ensure your application receives timely consideration, it is imperative that ALL application conditions stated on the WPSA web site are fully adhered to. Travel grant applications must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the date of the meeting to be attended. As stated in the application conditions, incomplete or late submissions will not be considered for funding. One common oversight with Travel Grant applications is incomplete budget request and justification information in accordance with the stated conditions. Another frequent error is the failure to adhere to page length requirements for supporting documentation. If the conditions state the requirement for a 2-3 page length Curriculum Vitae, submitting more than 3 pages becomes cumbersome to the approval process and this failure to adhere to the conditions can be considered as justification for application rejection. One final reminder is that all budgets and invoices must have costs converted to US dollars, and the total amounts must be presented.
In summary, the WPSA Board encourages all members and branches to utilise these programmes but asks that all members familiarise themselves with the application conditions. Submitting applications in compliance with these conditions will streamline the approval process and reduce the amount of extra work required for all parties involved.

Bob Buresh, Ph.D., WPSA Senior Vice President


Branch Development Programme

In the Board meeting held during WPC2016 in Beijing, China, the Board decided to increase the funds available for Branch Development by making a formal call for Branch Development Proposals. In 2018 we approved proposals from Croatia and Senegal.

For more information click here.

Next deadline for submission of Branch Development Proposals is July 1st.


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  XV EUROPEAN POULTRY CONFERENCE  

   Dubrovnik, Croatia, 17-21 September 2018 


The WPSA- Croatian Branch is fully engaged in the organization of the EPC 2018 that will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on September 17-21, 2018. The submission of abstracts for poster and oral presentations for EPC2018 is now OPEN!! The original abstract submission deadline was the 28th of February, but it has been extended to March 15, 2018. You are warmly invited to submit an abstract of your recent research findings, and to play an active part in the scientific programme by presenting your work at EPC 2018. Join us and contribute to the scientific programme!

Authors and Speakers are required to have Ticket ID in order to register and apply for Abstract presentations. Ticket ID will be provided when conference registration fees are paid, so we encourage you to register for the EPC conference before submitting your Abstract.

The Conference will be held in Valamar Hotel & Resorts in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 17th to 21st September 2018. The organisers are anticipating the attraction of more than 1,000 participants from all over the world, who are willing to improve their knowledge of poultry research and production.

We encourage you to register before the 30th of April, 2018, in order to take advantage of the early bird rates. Special registration fees apply for WPSA members and students.

More information can be found on the web site www.epc2018.com

Conference topics

  • Economics and Marketing
  • Nutrition
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Egg Safety and Quality
  • Poultry Meat Quality and safety
  • Reproduction and Incubation
  • Poultry Health
  • Poultry Housing and management
  • Poultry Welfare
  • Turkeys
  • Education an Information
  • Physiology
  • Family Poultry Production
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Other

EPC2018 Programme at a glance

MONDAY, 17TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Welcome cocktail and Opening Ceremony

TUESDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Plenary sessions in the morning
Oral presentation and Workshops in the afternoon

WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Plenary sessions in the morning
Oral presentation and Workshops in the afternoon
Gala dinner

THURSDAY, 20TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Plenary sessions in the morning
Workshops in the afternoon
Closing ceremony

FRIDAY, 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018
Technical tour and Youth programme

Plenary Speakers and the titles of their Lectures

(Alphabetical order)

Barbut, Shai: New insights on breast myopathies
De Cesare, Alessandra: Metagenomic insights into the dynamics of microbial communities in poultry and poultry products : current challenges and future opportunities.
Humphrey, Tom: Campylobacter infection compromises broiler health, welfare and performance.
Norton, Tomas: Application of precision livestock farming technologies in the poultry sector.
Nys, Yves: How scientific innovation may improve egg production and quality on the development of non-food uses of eggs.
Ryhlil, Ivan: Microbiota, chicken gut health, and antibiotic reduction/resistance.
Savic, Vladimir: Viral infections of poultry – the globally challenging situation.
Siegert, Wolfgang: Non-essential amino acids – the forgotten nutrients.
Sossidou, Evangelia N.: Managing on-farm health and welfare risks to promote sustainability in poultry.
Steenfeldt, Sanna: Alternative protein sources for poultry nutrition.
Tixier-Boichard, Michelle: Are there limits to selection in poultry: theoretical, biological, ethical, environmental?
Yalcin, Servet: Preincubation and incubation conditions, hatching time and broiler growth.

WPSA’s Croatian Branch members are looking forward to welcoming you to Dubrovnik

Helga Medic, Secretary, Croatia Branch


European Federation

The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and the end of 2018.
News from a number of European Federation's working groups is provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News

WG2

Nutrition

The next European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN2019) will be organised by the Polish Branch, and will be held in Gdansk, Poland from 10-13 June 2019. We will look forward to seeing all of you there.

WG4 and 5

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The ‘XXIV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat’ will be conjointly held with the ‘XVIII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products’ in Çeşme, İzmir, Turkey between 23 -26 June 2019. Visit http://www.eggmeat2019.com to keep you updated. Special reduced registration fees are available for WPSA members and students.


Asia Pacific Federation

In the last newsletter there was a list of six purposes that all our members, particularly branch committees should work towards. One of these is to develop and maintain branches that are active and engaged. Here’s an idea on how branch committees can do this: Each branch should appoint a “communications” officer. It doesn’t have to be the secretary’s role. It should be someone with energy who likes reporting on things that are happening, someone with a journalistic tendency, perhaps a student member. He /she should report on anything happening in their branch or in any sector of their poultry industry. This need not be through formal channels like this newsletter, but more informally. Local branch news and comment, news about people in the industry etc. could be posted on branch websites or Facebook pages if there is one. News on branch activities, events that are coming up or industry news could be publicised via our association’s website.

This would be a positive move, giving members more value from their membership. We all like to know what’s going on!

Coming up

appc2018
The 11th Asia Pacific Poultry Conference, 25-27 March 2018, Plaza Athénée Hotel, Bangkok. This is the premier poultry conference for the Asia Pacific region. The conference themes are Sustainability and Emerging Topics in Poultry Production. Earlybird Registration is open until the end of December. For details www.appc2018.com

Alan Gibbins, President Asian/Pacific Federation

WPSA Asian-Pacific Working Group News

A/P WG3

Ratites

The next Ratite Working Group meeting will take place in Oudtshoorn, South Africa on the 14th of March 2018, at 12:00 on the Oudtshoorn Research Farm.
Queries can be send to me or Zanell Brand at zanellb [AT] elsenburg [DOT] com
Members that are doing research on ratites are also urged to contact us.

Anel Engelbrecht


World's Poultry Science Journal

Upcoming articles

Articles in upcoming Journal(s)

  • Sun Chao - The potentially beneficial effects of supplementation with hesperidin in poultry diets
  • Syed Ehthisham-ul-Haque - Current loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technologies for the detection of poultry pathogens
  • Werner Bessei - Impact of animal welfare on worldwide poultry production
  • Yves Nys - Adapting trace mineral nutrition of birds for optimising the environment and poultry product quality
  • Prashant Nighot - Pathophysiology of avian intestinal ion transport
  • Mahmoud Alagawany - Nutritional significance and health benefits of designer eggs
  • Sun Chao - Health benefits and potential applications of anthocyanins in poultry feed industry
  • Asghar Ali Kamboh - Phytochemistry and beneficial impacts of cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) as a dietary supplement in poultry diets
  • Peter Surai - Glutathione peroxidases in poultry biology: Part 1. Classification and mechanisms of action
  • Peter Surai - Glutathione peroxidases in poultry biology: Part 2. Modulation of enzymatic activities
  • Usama Aftab - The use of NSP enzymes in poultry nutrition: myths and realities
  • Shu-Biao Wu - Roles of dietary fibre and particle size in broiler nutirtion
  • Yves Nys - Sequential and choice feeding in laying hens: adapting nutrient supply to requirements during the egg formation cycle

Summaries

Glutathione peroxidases in poultry biology: Part 1. Classification and mechanisms of action

P.F. SURAI, I.I. KOCHISH and V.I. FISININ

Glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) was described as a selenoprotein in 1973 and, since then, a great body of information has been accumulated to validate its important role in the antioxidant defence network in all animals, including poultry. The GSH-Px family includes at least eight members, and four of them (GSH-Px1, GSH-Px2, GSH-Px3 and GSH-Px4) are shown to be selenoproteins in animals. They are characterised by species- and tissue-specificity in their expression and activity. An optimal Se status in tissues/body is key for maximum expression of GSH-Px and therefore, in avian research GSH-Px activity is widely used as a biomarker for determining Se status and requirements. On the other hand, GSH-Px is an inducible enzyme and its activity depends on the level of stress and can be used as an index of antioxidant defences. In poultry production two forms of Se-dependent GSH-Px (GSH-Px1 and GSH-Px4) have received most attention. The aim of this paper is to review GSH-Px properties and functions in relation to poultry biology with special emphasis to its role in chicken adaptation to various stress conditions. Recent advances in selenoprotein identification and characterisation in relation to poultry Se status, dietary sources of Se and stress conditions can shed light on the roles of GSH-Px in avian biology.

Sequential and choice feeding in laying hens: adapting nutrient supply to requirements during the egg formation cycle

A. MOLNÁR, C. HAMELIN, E. DELEZIE and Y. NYS

Conventional feeding systems for laying hens rely on a complete feed available ad libitum in mash, pelleted or crumble form. When complete feeds are used, intake is mainly controlled by the hens’ energy requirement and feed presentation, but the birds cannot adjust their consumption to other nutritional needs and thus over-consume to cover the calcium needed for egg shell formation. Sequential, loose-mix and choice feeding offer birds the opportunity to select different diets in the short term. These feeding strategies have been proposed as alternative feeding systems whose main objectives are to match nutrient supply to individual requirements during the daily changes induced by the temporal sequence of the egg formation. This review discusses some findings related to the use of whole cereals and of alternating low and high energy or protein diets, conditions which may improve feed utilisation efficiency. In addition, the adjustment of calcium and phosphorus levels during the day can have benefits in terms of egg production and quality. This review explores the physiological basis for sequential, loose-mix and choice feeding and evaluates the impact of these systems on egg production and quality.

Impact of animal welfare on worldwide poultry production

W. BESSEI

Animal welfare has become an important issue in poultry production. Concern about poultry welfare has mainly been expressed in industrialised countries. Since trade of poultry products is highly internationalised, welfare aspects have to be considered by all countries involved. This paper reviews the changes in the attitude to animal welfare in Western societies and the related development of regulations and standards, the impact of high welfare standards on production costs and on international trade of poultry products and finally, the influence of different stakeholders on poultry production and marketing. From the 1960s onwards, animal welfare activities have been focused on farm animals kept under ‘industrial’ conditions, such as caged laying hens. Consequently, the management conditions for laying hens in Europe have been regulated in detail by national laws and EU-Directives. Meanwhile, conventional cages have been banned in the EU and welfare activities are now directed towards other issues, such as beak-trimming and killing day-old chicks of layer lines. All measures which are considered to improve the welfare of animals increase cost of production. Hence, differences in national welfare regulations are expected to relocate poultry production to countries with low welfare standards. There is a tendency that important retailers and food chains use welfare as a marketing argument and establish high price premium labels. Standards which are established and controlled by stakeholders of the poultry market are independent of national welfare legislation. This will lead to harmonisation of welfare standards on an international level. Most welfare labels have been developed by retailers in cooperation with welfare-oriented NGOs. There is a new trend in Germany where retailers and farmers organisations develop welfare schemes and poultry producers are paid an extra allowance for welfare-friendly production. This system ensures that poultry farmers are reimbursed for the welfare-related costs.

Adapting trace mineral nutrition of birds for optimising the environment and poultry product quality

Y. NYS, P. SCHLEGEL, S. DUROSOY, C. JONDREVILLE and A. NARCY

In the past, trace minerals have been inadequately considered by poultry nutritionists, as demonstrated by the scarce availability of literature. The practice of using high safety margins between requirements and dietary concentrations and the relative low cost of these essential minerals are possible reasons for this. Environmental considerations and regulations limiting trace mineral supply and improvements in analytical methods to detect putative contaminants in mineral sources have led to a need to a re-examination of trace mineral requirements. In addition, new knowledge regarding trace mineral roles in bone metabolism, anti-oxidant status, homeostatic regulation, product quality, immunology and the development of novel trace mineral sources have favoured, for the past 15 years, interests in optimising trace mineral nutrition considering other parameters than solely the bird performance. This review analyses the role of essential trace minerals (mainly Zn, Cu, Fe, Mn, I, Se) in broiler and laying hen nutrition. This work aims to highlight the evaluation of trace mineral requirement, the bioavailability of trace mineral sources, especially in regards with phytate antagonism, and the main functions of trace minerals in egg, eggshell and meat quality. The impact of trace minerals on the environment (toxicity to plants and microorganisms) is considered and nutritional means to reduce the risk of environmental contamination will be explored. Finally, the possibilities of poultry product’s enrichment in some trace minerals for the benefit of human health will be explored.

Glutathione peroxidases in poultry biology: Part 2. Modulation of enzymatic activities

P.F. SURAI, I.I. KOCHISH and V.I. FISININ

It is known that glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) belongs to the first and second levels of the antioxidant network and is involved in the regulation of many important cellular pathways including maintenance of the redox balance and signalling. In poultry the GSH-Px family includes four Se-dependent forms of the enzyme, however only GSH-Px1 and GSH-Px4 are well characterised and have received substantial attention as important enzymes participating in chicken adaptation to commercially-relevant stresses. The aim of this review is to analyse the current data on relationships between various stress conditions and the GSH-Px activity in poultry with special emphasis to selenium status and nutritional supplements. Indeed, the published literature indicates that there is a range of different nutritional (Se supplementation, antioxidants, plant extracts, probiotics, drugs, mycotoxins) and environmental (temperature stress, transportation, disease) factors modulating GSH-Px activity and/or expression in different tissues from poultry. These inducible enzymes are involved in adaptation to stress and Se supplementation in optimal concentrations whereby form is key for antioxidant system maintenance under stress conditions in commercial poultry production.

Health benefits and potential applications of anthocyanins in poultry feed industry

L. CHANGXING, M. CHENLING, M. ALAGAWANY, L. JIANHUA, D. DONGFANG, W. GAICHAO, Z. WENYIN, S.F. SYED, M.A. ARAIN, M. SAEED, F.U. HASSAN and S. CHAO

Anthocyanins are flavonoids widely spread in various plant species as a major phyto-pigment. In recent years, interest in using anthocyanins as a feed ingredient has increased markedly owing to their health and other benefits. Anthocyanins possess various pharmacological properties, including anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anticancer, antidiabetic, neuroprotective, anti-obesity and antioxidant effects. Dietary consumption of anthocyanins has revealed benefits in animal performance. Little is known about health-promoting effects of anthocyanins in avian species, but anthocyanin-rich dried fruits have shown positive effects on certain pathological conditions and health promoting markers in human and other animals. This review aims to gather information regarding health benefits of anthocyanins and highlight therapeutic and potential health beneficial effects of anthocyanins for poultry. Additionally, it explores these biologically important flavonoids as alternative ingredients in poultry feed to replace synthetic nutrients and medicines. The available literature reports studies involving use of anthocyanins focused on human, mice and in vitro models. However, there is a need to explore mechanism of action at molecular level to understand potential beneficial effects of anthocyanins in avian species.

The potentially beneficial effects of supplementation with hesperidin in poultry diets

X. YATAO, M. SAEED, A.A. KAMBOH, M.A. ARAIN, F. AHMAD, I. SUHERYANI, M.E. ABD EL-HACK, M. ALAGAWANY, Q.A. SHAH and S. CHAO

Flavonoids are natural compounds derived from different types of vegetables, fruits, and medicinal herbal plants. Hesperidin, a flavanone (a class of flavonoids) glycoside is found abundantly in citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons tangerines and limes and is known to possess significant benefits, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, antioxidant, growth promoting, anticancer and immunological properties. Hesperidin enhances mucosal and humoral immunity by increasing intestinal intraepithelial lymphocyte numbers, lymphoid organs (thymus, spleen and bursa) indices, as well as improving anti-avian influenza and anti-Newcastle disease antibody titres in poultry. In addition, hesperidin is a strong chain-breaking antioxidant that provides potent cellular antioxidant defence against the damaging effects induced by peroxide hydrogen. As a natural antioxidant, hesperidin could help mitigate heat stress during summer by decreasing heterophil-to-lymphocyte ratios, and quenching reactive oxygen species generated by summer heat stress. The aim of this review was to elucidate the biological effects and health benefits of hesperidin as an alternative of synthetic immune boosters and growth promoters in poultry diets.

The use of NSP enzymes in poultry nutrition: myths and realities

U. AFTAB and M.R. BEDFORD

The use of non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) enzymes has increased in recent years with most of the growth coming from the market segment which uses non-viscous diets. A variety of product choices are available to the feed industry. These range from mono-component, single enzymes, to cocktails of more than one activity, to so-called ‘complex’ enzymes, displaying, in addition to the main activity, several non-targeted (i.e. quality controlled or assured) activities within one product. The relative abundance of the substrate or the number of substrates presented by a given diet may not be viewed as the sole criterion for the fitness of an enzyme solution. An argument can be made that NSP enzymes should not be considered as classical digestive enzymes and any response may not be regarded simply as a function of the extent of in vitro or in vivo substrate hydrolysis. The idea of having additional non-NSP or NSP activities to ‘strengthen’ a xylanase response, as well as the notion ‘complex diet needs a complex enzyme’ appear to lack sufficient scientific backing. Measures based on alternative responses e.g. gut morphology, nutrient or energy digestibility, gut-flora and its metabolites or fermentation profiles, are useful in developing a wider understanding of the phenomenon but require careful interpretation as the stand-alone criteria of usefulness of an NSP enzyme. Performance data is always the ultimate judge of the efficacy of a feed enzyme. This review addresses the practical question of selecting an NSP enzyme. The aim is to discuss the data supporting some of the common views held in the industry today, and how these views significantly influence the process of selecting an NSP enzyme for commercial in-feed application.

Current loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technologies for the detection of poultry pathogens

S. EHTISHAM-UL-HAQUE, M.A. ZAMAN, M. KIRAN, M.K. RAFIQUE, M.F. QAMAR and M. YOUNUS

Traditional diagnostic capabilities (serology and culture) are not enough to monitor the poultry infections efficiently. For effective control of poultry infections, a regular program incorporating simple and cost-effective molecular diagnostics is necessary. On this rationale, it is possible to present working molecular diagnostic technology that would work equally well in field as well as in the laboratory. Recently, the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay has emerged as simple and inexpensive diagnostic tool for the molecular detection of various animal pathogens. To perform LAMP, no specialised instruments (e.g. thermal cycler) are required, permitting its use in developing countries. Various reliable LAMP assays have been reported for the detection of different poultry pathogens. However, still there is a need to improve the sensitivity, specificity, reproducibility, user-friendliness, delivery to end-user and affordability of LAMP assays. This article reviews current LAMP assays available for the molecular detection of important viral, bacterial and protozoan pathogens of poultry. It focuses on the various aspects of LAMP for the diagnosis of important poultry pathogens based upon pathogen type, specimen, target genes, LAMP primer types, detection limits, fluorescent detectors and LAMP chemistry used. This paper provides updates on principle, instrumentation, basic methodology, quantification capability, reagents and kits used currently in performing LAMP.

Roles of dietary fibre and particle size in broiler nutrition

S.K. KHERAVII, N.K. MORGAN, R.A. SWICK, M. CHOCT and S.-B. WU

Increasing the structural components in the diet, namely through including coarse grain particles in diets and manipulating the dietary fibre composition, has been shown to improve gut health, feed utilisation and production efficiency. This is primarily because structural components physically stimulate activity in the fore gut. An example of this is dietary non-starch polysaccharides (NSP), namely insoluble NSP, which have been shown to instigate beneficial effects on gut health, litter quality and nutrient utilisation, by increasing crop and gizzard activity, stimulating digestive enzyme production and enhancing bacterial fermentation in the hind gut. However, there is a lack of consistency with regard to the direct effects of dietary fibre on chicken health and production. The aim of this review therefore is to explore the impact of feeding different sources of fibre and different size grain particles on gut health and microflora, nutrient utilisation, performance and litter quality in broilers.

Nutritional significance and health benefits of designer eggs

M. ALAGAWANY, M.R. FARAG, K. DHAMA and A. PATRA

Designer foods of animal origin are produced either by feeding specific diets, or using new techniques like genetic engineering, cross-breeding. Designer eggs are an important type of functional foods. With the advancement of poultry industry, there is a rising interest in poultry biotechnology for altering the egg composition by genetic and nutritional manipulations for human health. This can be done by modifying cholesterol concentration and its fractions, lipid profile, fatty acids, amino acids and minerals or through adding therapeutic pharmaceutical molecules. Designer eggs provide vegetarian, safe, immune powered, specialty or organic foodstuffs which can have improved vitamins, minerals, balanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, lowered total cholesterol, additional boost of antibodies and essential pigments such as carotenoids. From the relevant scientific literature, functional eggs can be considered as human designer food. This review describes the concepts of designer eggs and their health benefits and nutritional values.

Phytochemistry and beneficial impacts of cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) as a dietary supplement in poultry diets

M. SAEED, A.A. KAMBOH, S.F. SYED, D. BABAZADEH, I. SUHERYANI, Q.A. SHAH, M. UMAR, I. KAKAR, M. NAVEED, M.E. ABD EL-HACK, M. ALAGAWANY and S. CHAO

Cinnamon is a common spice obtained from the bark of Cinnamon tree (Cinnamomum zeylanicum). It has been used for culinary, as well as medicinal, purposes since ancient times in various countries. Apart from substantial amounts of several nutrients, including carbohydrates, proteins, choline, vitamins (A, K, C, B3), and minerals, several biological active compounds are present in the extract of oil, which contribute to immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antiviral, lowering blood cholesterol, antimicrobial, lipid-lowering, antihypertension, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, gastroprotective, antidiabetic, neuroprotective and blood purifying properties. Cinnamon roots serve as a hepatic stimulant by improving bile production, eliminating toxins, restoring electrolyte balance and regulating hydration and can be used for enhancing digestion. In addition, nutritional properties of cinnamon powder include positive effects regarding growth, digestion, enhanced activity of gut microflora, improvement of immune response, as well as improved feed efficiency and health improvement of poultry birds. Recently, research focus has been directed towards supplementing broiler diets with cinnamon powder as a phytobiotic in order to replace synthetic growth promoters. After reviewing the literature, it was found that the research at the molecular level to elucidate the mechanisms behind the potential of cinnamon as a feed additive in poultry is limited, despite its promising impacts. Furthermore, supplementation doses vary significantly, i.e., from 0.02 to 7%. So, the aim of this review was to compile the published research related to cinnamon, explore its beneficial properties, find out its optimal dosage for uses by veterinarians, researchers, and nutritionists, as well as its potential to use as a natural feed additive to replace the synthetic antibiotic growth promoters in poultry feed.

Pathophysiology of avian intestinal ion transport

M. NIGHOT and P. NIGHOT

The gut has great importance for the commercial success of poultry production. Numerous ion transporters, exchangers, and channels are present on both the apical and the basolateral membrane of intestinal epithelial cells, and their differential expression along the crypt-villus axis within the various intestinal segments ensures efficient intestinal absorption and effective barrier function. Recent studies have shown that intensive production systems, microbial exposure, and nutritional management significantly affect intestinal physiology and intestinal ion transport. Dysregulation of normal intestinal ion transport is manifested as diarrhoea, malabsorption, and intestinal inflammation resulting into poor production efficiency. This review discusses the basic mechanisms involved in avian intestinal ion transport and the impact of development during growth, nutritional and environmental alterations, and intestinal microbial infections on it. The effect of intestinal microbial infections on avian intestinal ion transport depends on factors such as host immunity, pathogen virulence, and the mucosal organisation of the particular intestinal segment.



Branch News

Argentina

12th International Seminar on Poultry Science – 10th Poultry & Swine Exposition

The Argentinean Branch of the World´s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) is collaborating in the organisation of the 12th International Seminar on Poultry Science. This scientific meeting, organised every two years, will be held during the 10th Poultry & Swine Exposition, in Buenos Aires City, Argentina, on May 8-10, 2018. This event is organised by egg and broiler producers associations, CAPIA & CEPA. In general, the participants for this event are Spanish speakers from Latin America. It expects to have more than 2,000 participants (producers, students and professionals), representing one of the most important events of the Argentinean poultry community. The Seminar will be given in Spanish, and English presentations will have simultaneous translation into Spanish by a Veterinarian specialist. The WPSA will provide two expert speakers, supported by the WPSA Speakers’ Bureau programme. For more information, visit www.avicola.com.ar

Austria

The Austrian branch of WPSA was revitalised during a general assembly of the branch members in December 2017, and a new board was elected. Prof. Dr Martin Gierus, from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, was elected to serve as President; and Dr Peter Mitsch from Tierarzt GmbH, Vienna, was elected as vice president. The new board is motivated and welcomes both new and old members and is looking forward to bringing the different sectors of the poultry industry together for good discussions and developments!

Simone Schaumberger, Austria Branch Secretary

France

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The French Branch of WPSA is delighted to invite you to participate in the upcoming World Poultry Congress that will be held from the 16-20 August 2020 in the attractive city of Paris. Information can be found on the web site http://www.wpcparis2020.com/

Please notice that the organisers propose an Early Sponsoring period for the 2020 World Poultry Congress. The Congress will be held in Paris and will attract more than 3000 attendees from all over the world: experts, scientists, researchers, production specialists will participate in presenting and discussing their most recent findings. The early sponsoring will allow our partners to have the benefit of longer visibility (three years before the event), larger opportunities in the sponsoring of activities, as well as eligibility for a 15% discount in 2018. If you are interested and want to know more about this opportunity, please contact us at wpsafrance [AT] wpsa [DOT] fr or N [DOT] Taleb [AT] clq-group [DOT] com

For more information: http://www.wpcparis2020.com/

The French branch of the WPSA organises its yearly day 'les jeudis de la WPSA' on the 22th of March 2018 in Nantes. This conference involves scientists and poultry experts and explores a particular area. The topic of the year is the Precision livestock farming, automated continuous recording using novel communication technology and Big data in Poultry production. More information is available at http://www.wpsa.fr/index.html

In March 2017, the French Poultry Science Meeting (JRA) took place in Tours. This event is hold every 2 years in France and brings together more than 500 Poultry experts. More information can be found at http://www.itavi.asso.fr/jra/2017. Video recording was carried out for some of the reviews (in French). They can be watched at http://www.wpsa.fr/presentation/JRA%202017%20.html

Yves Nys, President–WPSA France

Italy

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The next edition of the Mediterranean Poultry Summit is approaching (18-20 June, 2018) and prominent invited speakers from European and Middle East will address emerging issues on poultry meat and egg productions, especially dealing with Mediterranean Area. Visit http://www.mpn-wpsa.org/main/ to check the topics of the different sessions and for registration. Of course, special reduced registration fees are available for WPSA members and students.

The Italian Branch of WPSA is also organising the 54th edition of its annual meeting that will be held on April 6th, 2018 in Perugia. This meeting will deal with ‘Farming strategies to reduce antibiotic usage in poultry production’ and this hot topic will be explored thanks to the contributions of a number of prestigious international speakers.

PROGRAMME

Opening address
Francesco Tei, Head of the Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, Food and Environment, University of Perugia
Martino Cassandro, President of Italian Branch of World’s Poultry Science Association

Current situation on the reduction of the antibiotic use in animal farming in Italy
Giuseppe Diegoli, Department of Health Policies, Prevention and Public Health Service of Emilia-Romagna Region

Environmental management of poultry farms
Jim Donald, National Poultry Technological Centre, Auburn University (USA)

An innovative system for monitoring poultry health and behaviour
Marian Dawkins, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford (UK)

Experience of a world’s leading poultry producer in the reduction of antibiotic usage
Roy Brister, Tyson Food (USA)

Viewpoint of a leading Italian retailers on the reduction of antibiotic usage
Chiara Faenza, Coop Italia

Contact:
Massimiliano Petracci
Dept. of Food and Agricultural Sciences – University of Bologna
Tel. +39 0547 338128, Fax: +39 0547 382348
Email: info [AT] wpsa [DOT] it 

Any additional information can be received at our site: www.wpsa.it

Massimiliano Petracci, Branch Secretary

Japan

The Spring Meeting of JPSA, 2018, will be held at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo during 29–30 March. The meeting will consist of original paper presentations, a seminar, and general as well as council meetings. The council meeting will be held on March 29, and the paper presentations as well as the general meeting will be organised on March 30.

The luncheon seminar will be held on March 30. Mr. Jiro Yokoyama of Nosan Corporation will give a talk on ‘Hikari brand iodine-enriched eggs, the story behind the development and the plan for the future’. Hikari brand iodine-enriched eggs are laid by hens raised on iodine-blended feed containing powdered seaweed. Hikari eggs were confirmed to have various beneficial health effects which were not found in iodine alone. The Hikari brand of iodine-enriched eggs is now one of the famous brands of value added eggs. Mr. Yokoyama will present an interesting background story for the Hikari brand of eggs.

JPSA will support two young scientists who will be attending the 11th Asian Pacific Poultry Conference (11th APPC) during 25-27 March, 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Mr. Takashi Ono, Graduate School of Hiroshima University, will present a paper entitled ‘QTL mapping for the content of free amino acids in chicken meat by restriction-site associated DNA sequencing’. Mr. Yuki Hakamata, Graduate School of Tohoku University, will present a paper entitled ‘Differences in mitochondrial fatty acid utilization and respiratory complex characteristics between meat-type and laying-type chickens’.

The Journal of Poultry Science (JPS, the official journal of JPSA, Impact Factor: 0.771) always welcomes the submission of reviews and original papers. Free access to download the full-published articles in JPS is available on J-Stage (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jpsa), which provides an excellent opportunity for all to have an access to its published articles. JPSA wants to contribute to poultry science in Japan and all over the world by enhancing our international activities with members from different countries. Thus, JPSA has a membership category for foreign citizens residing abroad as ‘Special International Member’. The page charges to publish their papers in the JPS will be set at a membership price. JPSA invariably welcome new members from all over the world. Please visit JPSA website (http://jpn-psa.jp/?lang=en) for further information.

Naoki Goto, Secretary Japan Branch

New Zealand

The 2018 New Zealand Poultry Industry Conference will be held from 2-3 October 2018 at the Quality Hotel Plymouth International, New Plymouth, New Zealand. The meeting will be organised by World’s Poultry Science Association-New Zealand Branch in Association with the Monogastric Research Centre, Massey University.

Pakistan

A New Face for the WPSA-Pakistan Branch

WPSA’s Pakistan Branch has put together a new administration for 2018.

The new members of the administrative group include:

  • Dr Muhammad Sadiq – President (CEO-SB Poultry Pakistan)
  • Dr Nasir Mukhtar – Vice President (Assistant Professor Department of Poultry Sciences PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi Pakistan)
  • Dr Khalid Mahmood Shouq – General Secretary (Editor Vet. News & Views)
  • Dr Muhammad Kashif Saleemi -Assistant Secretary / Treasurer (Assistant Professor Department of Vet. Poultry -University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan)

The new administration has established Poultry Science Clubs in 16 Universities of Pakistan. This was done in collaboration with Pakistan’s WPSA Branch office. Our Branch members will be organising an International Conference on the eve of our World Egg Day.

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President
Dr Muhammad Sadiq
CEO
SB Poultry PVT LTD
48-C Satellite Town
Chandani Chowk, Muree Road
Rawalpindi
Pakistan
Phone: +92 51 111 505050
Fax: +92 51 4451191
mail [AT] sadiqbrothers [DOT] com 
Vice President
Dr Nasir Mukhtar
Assistant Professor
Department of Poultry Sciences
PMAS Arid Agriculture University
Murree Road 46300

Secretary
DR Khalid Mahmood Shouq
The Veterinary News & Views
392-A, Samanabad
38070 Faisalabad
Pakistan
Mobile: +92 300 6620616
khalidshouq [AT] gmail [DOT] com 
Phone: +92 41 2665352
Fax: +92 41 2562853 
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer 
Dr Muhammad Kashif Saleemi
Assistant Professor
Department of Vet. Pathology
University of Agriculture
Faisalabad
Pakistan
Mob: 92 (0)300-6644072
drkashif313 [AT] gmail [DOT] com 

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi branch meeting will be held on 22 March, 2018 at Qassim University.

Moataz Fathi, Secretary of the Saudi Arabia Branch

Turkey

The WPSA Turkish Branch is in a period of intense activity. We will organise the 'Niğde International Poultry Congress', situated in the unique geological wonderland of Cappadocia, between 9-12 May 2018 in cooperation with the Niğde University Faculty of Agriculture. Our members of the Organising and Scientific Committees are working at full speed for a very successful congress.

One of the most important meetings of the WPSA European Federation, the XXIV. European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat and XVIII. European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products will be hosted in the Aegean resort town of Çeşme (İzmir) from 23-26 June 2019.

Branch President Rüveyde Akbay attended the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta between 30 January – 1 February 2018, and she had the opportunity to meet with industry representatives and colleagues during this important event.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cengizhan Mızrak, Secretary of the WPSA Turkish Branch

United Kingdom

The 2018 UK WPSA Annual Meeting will be held in Dublin from 9-11 April at Dublin’s iconic Croke Stadium with a theme of ‘Innovation to compete in the global livestock industry’. The joint WPSA / BSAS event will see more than 500 scientists, vets, policy makers and farmers from across the globe gather to hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the livestock sector, and the ways it can innovate to create more sustainable systems. An international line-up of world-leading speakers will discuss the ground-breaking technologies being made in livestock production, as well as the issues that need to be addressed to ensure potential gains in productivity are grasped. Speakers will also discuss how those developments are communicated with farmers and producers, and how the sector can encourage the adoption of new ways of working.
The programme includes an invited session on advances in management of laying hens, followed by a variety of original communications on nutrition, physiology and husbandry and the usually frenetic but absorbing short oral communications on selected poster presentations. This will be followed by the annual Gordon Memorial Lecture delivered by Mike Bedford and titled: ‘The evolution and application of enzymes in the animal feed industry: opportunities and misunderstandings’.
The meeting will finish with the Annual General Meeting of the UK Branch which will see the introduction of a new President, Vice president, Secretary and Treasurer.
We look forward to meeting up with Irish colleagues to explore how the poultry sector can share knowledge, ideas and best-practice as Brexit drives the UK to become more global in the way it deals with critical issues such as trade and policy. As ever, the UK branch annual meeting provides a great opportunity for helping scientists, policy makers and producers to build relationships and networks across the European livestock sector and beyond.
The papers presented at the 2017 Spring Meeting are now published in British Poultry Abstracts – all papers published are available on Open Access using the following links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17466202.2017.1394641 
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cbpa20/13/1 

Steve Lister, UK Branch Secretary

 

 

Volume 44, September 2018  Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein, ghavenst [AT] ncsu [DOT] edu 

 

Executive Committee

Secretary's Report

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Board meeting 2018
The annual board meeting is planned 16-17 September 2018 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, prior to the European Poultry Conference.

Deceased board officers, International Poultry Hall of Fame (IPHF), MacDougall award
Rose-Marie Wegner (Assistant Editor 1963-1972, Secretary General 1984-1996, MacDougall Award 1994, IPHF 2000)
Donald Shaver (IPHF 1988)
Paul Hocking (IPHF 2016)

WPSA programmes
WPSA has several programmes to support members and branches. Details on the travel grant programmes, the speakers’ bureau programme and proposals for Branch development can be found on the WPSA website. Criteria for eligibility are published together with the (different) deadlines for the individual programmes. Please follow the instructions as inaccurate, incomplete and late applications have to be rejected.

WPSA presence at exhibitions and conferences
WPSA was present at the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, USA; VIV MEA, Abu Dhabi; AGRA ME, Dubai, UAE; Victam Asia, Bangkok, Thailand and VIV Europe, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Visitors could collect promotional materials of WPSA, the WPS Journal, WPC 2020 and other symposia and conferences which were on display. More and more the booth becomes a meeting place for members from several countries.

The Asian Pacific Poultry Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, 25-27 March, was a great success. Over 1200 participants came from all over the world.
From 9-11 May the International Poultry Conference in Nigde, organised by the Turkish branch of WPSA, from 15-17 May the International Conference in Sergiev Posad, organised by the Russian branch of WPSA, and from 16-19 June the Mediterranean Poultry Summit, Torino, organised by the Italian branch, were attended. All conferences were very well attended and proved that knowledge dissemination is very important and this type of meetings are an excellent tool for that purpose.

During the next month’s several conferences and other (branch) meetings are scheduled. To mention some, in September the European Poultry Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia. In November the Algerian branch organizes the Algerian and Maghreb conference in Constantine, Algeria and in Atlanta, USA, there is the Poultry Summit on innovation. For the last months of 2018 other meetings and symposia are announced in New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland and Spain. Members are invited to attend the events and to meet many WPSA members and representatives.
Details on these and other meetings and exhibitions can be found in the calender on the WPSA website (www.wpsa.com).

Change of officers Asia Pacific Federation
During the Asia Pacific Poultry Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, representatives of Asia Pacific Federation member branches met.
Dr Sakchai Sriboonsue, Thailand, was elected president and is the successor of Alan Gibbins, New Zealand, who was the president for 12 years.
The China branch will organize the next APPC 2022.

Cooperation with the organization on World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH)
The WVEPAH, a non-profit organization organizes training courses on poultry (for 3 à 4 weeks) in several countries. More details are on www.wvepah.org. All activities will also be announced on our website and in the WPS Journal.

Data Privacy
25 May 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect. In order to comply with this regulation (and data protection regulations in other parts of the world), the data privacy page on our website, explains how we collect personal data and in what way we use them.

Dr Roel Mulder

Treasurer's Report

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For many of us, the summer months are full of scientific society events. In July, I attended the Poultry Science Association (PSA) Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. I was joined by WPSA President Dr Ning Yang, and First Vice President, Dr Bob Buresh. While none of us particularly enjoyed the record-breaking Texas heat wave, we did enjoy many good presentations and high on that list was the WPSA Lecture sponsored by the Canada and United States Branches of WPSA. This year’s lecture, ‘The current state and future demands of the poultry industry: will we meet our commitments?’ was most ably presented by Dr Rick Kleyn of SPESFEED (Pty) Ltd., Broederstroom, South Africa. I met with the Board of the United States Branch and gave an international WPSA update at the Joint Luncheon Meeting of the two branches. In addition, I tried to spend as much time as possible in the Student Poster Sessions, where I visited with students and let them know about Travel Grant opportunities available through WPSA.

In August I travelled to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia for the 25 Anniversary Conference of AMEVEA, Bolivia. Besides staffing a WPSA booth, after several years of work I was able to see the official start of a WPSA Bolivia Branch. I was joined by WPSA Past President, Dr Edir Da Silva, as we inaugurated the new Branch during the Gala Banquet festivities. I am proud to announce that Dr Sergio Salazar is the founding Branch President, and Dr Fernando Pena Torrez is, the founding Branch Secretary-Treasurer for Bolivia.

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WPSA Past President Edir de Silva & WPSA Treasurer Francine Bradley (on Right) pictured before Gala dinner for the new Bolivian Brach with (in the front row) founding Pres. & Secretary of WPSA - Bolivia: Dr. Sergio Salazar and Dr. Mirtha Rivadineira, respectively, as well as other AMEVEA officers and invited guests in the back row

Dr. Carlos Lopez Coello (President of WPSA-Mexico) and Dr. Francine Bradley (WPSA Treasurer) with a group of Bolivian veterinary students.

In between travels, I have finalized the Treasurer’s Report of the 2017 books, which I will present at the upcoming Board Meeting. The 2017 financials were reviewed by the Committee of Drs. Mickey Hall (Clemson University) and Karen Schwean-Lardner (University of Saskatoon). A proposed budget for 2019 has been prepared and will be reviewed at the Board Meeting.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the European Poultry Conference in Dubrovnik,

Dr Francine Bradley


Branch Development Programme

In the Board meeting held during WPC2016 in Beijing, China, the Board decided to increase the funds available for Branch Development by making a formal call for Branch Development Proposals. In 2018 we approved proposals from Croatia and Senegal.

For more information click here.

Next deadline for submission of Branch Development Proposals is January 1st.


Obituaries

Recently several former board officers, International Poultry Hall of Fame (IPHF) and/or MacDougall award recipients have passed away.

  • Rose-Marie Wegner (Assistant Editor 1963-1972, Secretary General 1984-1996, MacDougall Award 1994, IPHF 2000)
  • Paul Hocking (IPHF 2016)
  • Donald Shaver (IPHF 1988)

Rose-Marie Wegner

1924-2018

wegnerProfessor Dr Rose-Marie Wegner was born on 16 March 1924 in Pegnitz/Tilsit. After an apprenticeship in agriculture from 1943 to 1945 she studied general agriculture in Halle/Saale and in Bonn. She received her Diploma in Agricultural Science from the University of Bonn in 1950 and graduated at the same University in 1952. Thereafter she was employed as a scientific assistant at the Institute of Animal Husbandry and moved in 1961 into the special field of Poultry and Small Animal Sciences. After five years of research and teaching in poultry, rabbits and fur animal production, she was appointed Professor and head of the Breeding and Management of Small Animals section. From January to June 1966 she was guest professor at the poultry science department of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In 1976 she accepted the position of Director of the Federal Institute for Small Animal Research in Celle, where she worked until her retirement in 1989.
Rose-Marie Wegner joined the WPSA in 1952 when the German Branch was first established. She was elected as board member of the German Branch in 1962 and as secretary in 1972. In 1984 she was elected as secretary of WPSA and served in this position until 1996. She worked very hard over these years for the Association and it was not easy in those days as the automatisation level was low and the financial position of WPSA was poor, resulting in her personal sponsorship of the international organisation over many years. For this the WPSA has great respect for her work and contribution to the association.
In the beginning of her scientific career, Rose-Marie Wegner worked in poultry nutrition. Later she focused on rural work on poultry management systems. As a member of the working group IX, Poultry Welfare and Management, of the European Federation of WPSA she was in close cooperation with colleagues of other countries. In 1985 she organised the International Symposium on Poultry Welfare in Celle. She was actively involved in the development of non-cage systems for laying hens, including get-away cages and aviaries. Under her leadership the Institute of small animals in Celle became an important centre for the development of management systems. At that time the welfare of laying hens was a highly political issue in Germany and Europe, and as director of the research station, Rose-Marie Wegner was exposed to criticism from welfare oriented NGOs as well as of public media and egg industry. By virtue of her friendly but resolute approach, she was able to act as mediator between welfare organisations, farmer organisations and governmental authorities.
As a scientist and secretary of WPSA she was in continuous contact and shared ideas and information with many poultry institutes worldwide. On the basis of her scientific work and her merits as secretary of the WPSA she was accepted in the International Poultry Hall of Fame at the World`s Poultry Congress in Montreal 2000. To acknowledge the meritorious service as secretary of the Association she received also the Macdougall Award in Glasgow in 1994. Furthermore she was awarded the Order of merits of the Federal Government of Germany.
After her retirement she became an Honourable Member of the German Branch and continued participating in the activities and meetings of WPSA.
Rose-Marie Wegner passed away 13 April 2018 at 94 years of age.

Paul Hocking

1948-2018
hocking iphf 2016Paul Hocking was born in 1948 and grew up on a mixed farm near Exeter in Devon. He read agriculture at Reading University and obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Genetics at Edinburgh University in 1970. From 1970 to 1977 he worked for a secretariat providing services to cattle breeding societies. His work on a selection programme for dairy shorthorn cattle formed the basis for his PhD awarded in 1978 by Reading University. After 3 years lecturing at Reading he spent the next 2 years as a research fellow at the Animal Research Centre in Ottawa. It was there that he started to transfer his genetic interests from cattle to poultry. In 1983 he joined the Nutrition Department at the Poultry Research Centre in Edinburgh with the remit to study the topic of feed restriction in breeding birds. He remained there for the rest of his career seeing many changes, with the centre by the time of his retirement having been absorbed into the Roslin Institute and subsequently the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Science in the University of Edinburgh.

Paul quickly made a name in what became known as the broiler breeder paradox. The large body of work that defined the reproductive biology of broiler breeders and its control by feed restriction made him the go-to person for broiler and turkey breeder reproductive and welfare research. All Paul’s work was characterised by well-designed experiments and careful conclusions that led to sound understanding. This standing was recognised by the European Food Standard agency, with him serving on their Panels on Animal Health and Welfare of broilers and broiler breeders and in judicial reviews in the UK on breeder welfare. Paul embraced the genomic revolution and was in the forefront of setting up the populations needed to identify genes for Mendelian and quantitative traits in poultry. He also found new applications for his talents in understanding eye defects and disease susceptibility. Paul was diligent in carrying a piece of work through to its completion and was author or co-author of over 200 papers. He was a sought-after speaker and had travelled around the world on his reputation - travelling was something he much enjoyed. His work was recognised by the award of the Gordon Memorial Medal in 2013 giving his widely acclaimed lecture on the subject of ‘The unexpected consequences of genetic selection in broilers and turkeys: problems and solutions’.

Paul made a huge contribution to the committees and societies in our science community. He was a prominent figure in the UK branch of the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA). He served as its President and played an important role in several of the Poultry Science Symposia organised by the Branch. Paul also made a major contribution to the European Federation of WPSA. He was Vice President from 2006 to 2010 and the UK representative on Working Group 3 (Genetics). He organised the 7th Symposium of the Group in Scotland. He was a Council Member of British Poultry Science and in 2010 became its Joint Editor.
Paul was popular with his colleagues and with his thoughtful, friendly demeanour was a welcome collaborator on many projects. His unique style of after dinner jokes has been imitated but not matched. His service to the science and community that underpins such a major industry has left a lasting legacy. All these things, except the jokes, were recognised when Paul was elected to the International Poultry Hall of Fame at the World Poultry Congress in Beijing in 2016.

Paul had latterly decreased his work load to part time, preparatory to moving back to his roots in Devon. He had started his new life there, much preferring the milder climate to that of Edinburgh. It is a great pity that the rapid onset of a cancer deprived him of more years of retirement. He leaves a wife, Denise, son Chris and daughters Michelle and Jenny. He will be much missed by them and also his many friends and colleagues around the world.

Donald Shaver

1920-2018

Donald ShaverOne of the first Canadians inducted into the International Poultry Hall of Fame, Donald Shaver, founder of Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms Ltd., has died, a few days short of his 98th birthday.
Donald Shaver was born and grew up in Galt, now part of Cambridge, Ontario. As a teenager he kept chickens in the backyard of his urban home, and in a vacant lot next door.
He joined the Canadian army in the second World War, achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was part of the force that liberated The Netherlands in 1945.

After the war, he extended his interest in poultry breeding and established a hatchery and feed mill in Galt. He assembled a large collection of White Leghorn lines purchased from other breeders and began crossbreeding experiments that led to the development of the Shaver Starcross 288. The outstanding performance of this hybrid encouraged Shaver to expand his operations and begin selling parent stock to franchise hatcheries in Canada and the United States. He built a larger hatchery and established a breeding farm adjacent to his home on the outskirts of Galt. By the mid 1960’s new farms were added, and a much larger hatchery, as the business expanded around the world.

At its height, Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms Ltd. was selling breeding stock in more than 90 countries. Subsidiary companies were established in the US, Great Britain, France, and Germany. There were joint ventures in Pakistan, New Zealand, India and Barbados. The company expanded into brown egg layers and meat chickens, which were sold alongside the highly successful white egg Starcross 288. By the mid 1970’s there were four breeding farms in Cambridge, and two hatcheries. Breeding development work took place in France and Great Britain as well as in Canada.

Donald Shaver was himself responsible for a large part of the Company’s success and expansion. He travelled extensively, probably spending between one third and one half of his time overseas. While at home he worked 16 hours seven days a week, and expected similar commitment from his staff.

Initially, most of the genetics input came from consultants, of which Dr R.K. Cole of Cornell University was the most active. In-house geneticists were hired beginning in the 1960’s and two were employed at the time of Donald Shaver’s retirement in 1985.

Early on, during a period of rapid expansion, Cargill Inc. of Minneapolis became part owners of Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms. When Donald Shaver retired in 1985, they became sole owners and soon sold the Company to ISA in France, and they in turn were taken over by what has now become Hendrix Genetics. This Company still maintains two of the breeding farms and a busy hatchery in Cambridge.
Shaver also established a beef breeding business and it became quite successful, selling frozen semen and embryos internationally. However, when one case of mad-cow disease occurred in Alberta in 1995, the international market shut down and the beef business closed.

After retirement, Donald Shaver maintained his lifelong advocacy for sustainable agriculture. He made his final presentation on this topic in 2016. He was also involved as a Director in energy, insurance, communication and manufacturing. He was Chairman of Canada Development Investment Corporation until 2008.

Among many awards, Donald Shaver received honorary doctorates from the Universities of McGill, Guelph and Alberta, and was an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is survived by two sons and two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


epc2018 website 

 
  XV EUROPEAN POULTRY CONFERENCE  

   Dubrovnik, Croatia, 17-21 September 2018 


The Croatian Branch has finalised the preparation for EPC 2018 which will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on September 17-21, 2018. EPC 2018 will have a very interesting scientific programme, so you are warmly invited to join us and contribute to the Congress!

The Conference will be held in the Valamar Hotel & Resorts in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 17-21 September, and they anticipate that more than 1,000 participants from all over the world will be in attendance to improve their knowledge of poultry research and production.

More information can be found on the web site www.epc2018.com

Conference topics

  • Economics and Marketing
  • Nutrition
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Egg Safety and Quality
  • Poultry Meat Quality and safety
  • Reproduction and Incubation
  • Poultry Health
  • Poultry Housing and management
  • Poultry Welfare
  • Turkeys
  • Education an Information
  • Physiology
  • Family Poultry Production
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Other

EPC2018 Programme at a glance

MONDAY, 17TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Welcome cocktail and Opening Ceremony

TUESDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Plenary sessions in the morning
Oral presentation and Workshops in the afternoon

WEDNESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Plenary sessions in the morning
Oral presentation and Workshops in the afternoon
Gala dinner

THURSDAY, 20TH SEPTEMBER 2018
Plenary sessions in the morning
Workshops in the afternoon
Closing ceremony

FRIDAY, 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018
Technical tour and Youth programme

Plenary Speakers and the titles of their Lectures

(Alphabetical order)

Barbut, Shai: New insights on breast myopathies
De Cesare, Alessandra: Metagenomic insights into the dynamics of microbial communities in poultry and poultry products : current challenges and future opportunities.
Humphrey, Tom: Campylobacter infection compromises broiler health, welfare and performance.
Norton, Tomas: Application of precision livestock farming technologies in the poultry sector.
Nys, Yves: How scientific innovation may improve egg production and quality on the development of non-food uses of eggs.
Ryhlil, Ivan: Microbiota, chicken gut health, and antibiotic reduction/resistance.
Savic, Vladimir: Viral infections of poultry – the globally challenging situation.
Siegert, Wolfgang: Non-essential amino acids – the forgotten nutrients.
Sossidou, Evangelia N.: Managing on-farm health and welfare risks to promote sustainability in poultry.
Steenfeldt, Sanna: Alternative protein sources for poultry nutrition.
Tixier-Boichard, Michelle: Are there limits to selection in poultry: theoretical, biological, ethical, environmental?
Yalcin, Servet: Preincubation and incubation conditions, hatching time and broiler growth.

WPSA’s Croatian Branch members are looking forward to welcoming you to Dubrovnik

Helga Medic, Secretary, Croatia Branch


European Federation

The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and the end of 2018.
News from a number of European Federation's working groups is provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News

WG2

Nutrition

The next European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN2019) will be organised by the Polish Branch, and will be held in Gdansk, Poland from 10-13 June 2019. We will look forward to seeing all of you there.

WG4

Eggs and Egg Quality

WG4 currently has representatives from 21 countries and meets every 2 years at a key WPSA event. Every other year the group holds its own joint ‘EGGMEAT’ symposia with WG5 (Poultry Meat Quality). The aim of these symposia is to bring like-minded people together to discuss hot topics in the field of egg and meat quality.

2019 eggmeat bannerEGGMEAT2019: The Turkish Branch of WPSA will host our next EGGMEAT symposium in Çeşme-Izmir, Turkey from the 23rd - 25th June 2019. Çeşme is a coastal town located at the end of Western Anatolia and is surrounded on three sides by the Aegean Sea. It is a prominent centre of international tourism in Turkey, famous for its excellent holiday accommodations, restaurants and entertainment facilities. Further details about EGGMEAT2019 are available on the conference website http://www.eggmeat2019.com/index.html#divdavet.

EPC2018: Members of WG4 attending EPC2018 are cordially invited to attend the next meeting of the group which will take place on Thursday 20th September 2018. Key items for our agenda will be the scientific programme for EGGMEAT2019 and Horizon 2020 funding opportunities under work programme 2018-2020 ( http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2018-2020/main/h2020-wp1820-food_en.pdf ) . Details of the venue and time of our meeting will be made available during the conference.

For further information about WG4 membership and associated activities please contact Prof Maureen Bain (Maureen [DOT] Bain [AT] glasgow [DOT] ac [DOT] uk).

WG5

Poultry Meat Quality

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The ‘XXIV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat’ will be conjointly held with the ‘XVIII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products’ in Çeşme, İzmir, Turkey between 23 -26 June 2019. Visit http://www.eggmeat2019.com to keep you updated. Special reduced registration fees are available for WPSA members and students.

WG10

Turkeys

Meeting of Work Group 10 of WPSA (Turkey)
Turkey Production and Health: Challenges and opportunities
Berlin, Germany, 18th - 20th May 2017

To strengthen the dialog between persons involved in the different production stages, especially veterinarians and agriculturists, but also economists, and to exchange new results of scientific works and practical experiences, we have organised in Berlin since 2000 on behalf of the European Federation’s Working Group 10 on Turkeys international symposia. The aim of these symposia has been to stimulate the exchange of current information and ideas related to turkey production and health as well as to focus attention on specific problems and encouraging new approaches to solve them.

The 2017 symposium, was held between 18th - 20th May 2017 with the title ‘Turkey Production and Health: Challenges and Opportunities.’ It was attended by 92 scientists and experts from 19 countries (Algeria, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Nigeria, Syria, Sweden, The Netherlands, Tunis, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America).

Currently several factors and problems face and influence the production of turkeys worldwide. Today’s intensive turkey production involves areas of conflict between consumer protection, animal welfare and economics; and it requires a lot of knowledge about breeding, husbandry practices, nutrition, diseases, slaughter and marketing, as well as knowledge regarding government regulations and legislations related to turkey production and health. Many human foodborne bacterial infections have been linked to poultry. Control and/or elimination of these organisms present a great challenge. The development of antibiotic resistant bacteria also is a continuous public health concern. On the other hand, only a few authorised pharmaceutical veterinary products will be available for the treatment of turkeys as food producing animals. Vaccination today and in the future is regarded as one of the most beneficial interventions to prevent diseases. The use of future progressive vaccine production can significantly reduce the cost of vaccines, ensure better efficacy, and allow easy and rapid intervention to face the steady mutation of the microorganisms involved. Furthermore, the development of efficient vaccines against bacterial infections will lead to a reduction of the use of antibiotics and subsequently will reduce the development of resistant bacteria. In general, consumer expectations for high quality products will strongly influence future production methods. This means that farmers, veterinarians, stockholders and all other partners involved in the production chain need to share more responsibilities.

At the 2017 symposium, 29 oral presentations were held in several different sections. Topics related to current and future challenges of turkey production and health in several countries were given. Other papers covered existing problems and solution throughout the entire production chain from the hatchery to the slaughterhouse. These included the effects of stress, light, and rearing management, as well as stocking density on animal welfare aspects and performances. In addition, several papers were presented that dealt with the effects of feed quality, litter quality, and footpad health on performance. Other papers dealt with current health problems and their diagnosis, as well as with problems related to antibiotic resistance and control methods. Special attention was given to histomoniasis and avian influenza (H5N8), and problems affecting trade with turkey and turkey products. The proceedings (181 pages) with the complete articles in English was published by Mensch & Buch Verlag (ISBN 3978-3-86387-884-9)

Last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude to all individuals who worked in the planning and co-ordination of the symposium, especially the staff of the Institute of Poultry Diseases at the Free University Berlin.

The 10th ‘Hafez’ International Symposium on Turkey Production will be held in Berlin, Germany; May/June 2019. I hope to see you in Berlin.

Prof. Dr H. M. Hafez
Chair of Working Group 10
World’s Poultry Science Association
Federation of European Branches
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Asia Pacific Federation

Asia Pacific Federation Meeting

The Asia Pacific Federation held its General Meeting on 26th March during the Asian Pacific Poultry Conference in Bangkok. This was well attended by delegates from nine of the Federation branches as well as the President of WPSA, Dr Ning Yang and the General Secretary of WPSA, Dr Roel Mulder.
The current President, Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President of the Asia/Pacific Federation, their four-year terms at an end, stepped down. In the following election of officers of the Federation Dr Sakchai Sriboonsue from the Thailand branch was elected as the new President with Mr Chuang Ma from the China branch elected as Senior Vice-President and Dr Nasir Mukhtar from the Pakistan branch elected as Junior Vice-President.
The office of Secretary is not an elected one, so in due course a new Secretary will be chosen and announced by the Presidents. The outgoing Secretary is Dr M. Abdollahi from the New Zealand branch.
The Immediate Past President, Mr Alan Gibbins from the New Zealand branch, who had served in this role for 12 years congratulated the new leadership of the Federation and wished them and the Federation well for the future.
Under another agenda item, the selection of host for the upcoming 12th APPC was made. This was gained by the China branch. The meeting attendees thanked the China branch for taking on this huge responsibility.
Other discussions at the meeting focussed on the Federation’s Constitution and a draft protocol for the selection of hosts for future Federation conferences.

Alan Gibbins, President Asian/Pacific Federation

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Ratites

The next Ratite Science Symposium is being planned for 2020. Anyone who is involved in ratite research and is interested in joining the Ratite Working Group is asked to contact Anel Engelbrecht at anele [AT] elsenburg [DOT] com.

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World's Poultry Science Journal

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Upcoming articles

Articles in upcoming Journal(s)

  • Anthony Ike - The benefits of supplementation with antibiotic alternatives on Newcastle disease virus titres in poultry
  • Heder Lima - Vitamin A in the diet of laying hens: enrichment of table eggs to prevent nutritional deficiencies in humans
  • Ali Aygun - Poultry semen cryopreservation technologies
  • Vladimir Titov - The role of nitric oxide (NO) in the body growth rate of birds
  • Aisha Khatoon - An extensive review of experimental ochratoxicosis in poultry: I. Growth and production parameters along with histopathological alterations
  • Bruno Vieira - Combination of phytase and organic acid for broilers: role in mineral digestibility and phytic acid degradation

Summaries

The benefits of supplementation with antibiotic alternatives on Newcastle disease virus titres in poultry

A.O. EMECHETA, A.C. IKE, C.J. ONU, C.D. EZE and C.V. OLOVO

Newcastle disease is one of the most important diseases of poultry with wide distribution and high fatalities. An infection with a virulent strain can cause up to 100% fatality in a susceptible flock, with devastating economic losses. In-feed antibiotics are not directly effective against Newcastle disease virus (NDV), but they may assist in prevent associated production problems. With in-feed antibiotics being controlled or banned, prebiotics, particularly those sourced from spices, and probiotics have been investigated as potential alternatives for maintaining seroconversion in poultry vaccinated against NDV. Certain prebiotics have a positive effect on anti-NDV antibodies but using spices as sources of prebiotics gave no clearly defined results. Garlic extract was reported to increase the mean haemagglutination inhibition (HI) titre of NDV by 0.6 after two weeks of supplementation, increasing titres by 4.0 in the vaccinated group compared to an increase of 3.4 in vaccinated unsupplemented group. However, onion-based compounds did not improve anti-NDV antibodies. The majority of studies have found that probiotics improved antibody levels and seroconversion to NDV vaccines in poultry. A commercial probiotic, containing a mixture of Bacillus species and Saccharomyces boulardii when used at a concentration of 100 g/ton was found to significantly increase the anti-NDV titre (log2) from 5.00 to 5.50. Another commercial probiotic, consisting of a combination of bacteria, reduced mortality by 6.6% at a concentration of 1 g/kg. Additional studies are needed to define the conditions and forms in which both the pre- and pro-biotics work best with respect to NDV control.

Vitamin A in the diet of laying hens: enrichment of table eggs to prevent nutritional deficiencies in humans

H.J.D. LIMA and L.A.Z. SOUZA

The concentration of vitamin A in egg yolk is directly related to its inclusion in the diet of laying hens. The vitamin A concentration of the egg yolk is 79 µg/100 g or 263 UI/100 g, and the concentration in 60 g eggs increased from 59 to 75 µg in response to an increase in dietary vitamin A supplementation. Currently, the level of vitamin A recommended for laying hens is 900 UI/day or 9,000 UI/kg feed and 15,000 UI/kg of egg mass. The bioavailability of preformed vitamin A in the egg ranges from 90 to 100%, accounting for about 15% of the daily recommended dietary intake for humans, while bioavailability may vary from 10 to 67%. The table egg is a functional food for humans that can be enriched with vitamin A, and its consumption could be an alternative to prevent and reduce the prevalence of deficiencies, especially in risk groups, such as children and the elderly.

Poultry semen cryopreservation technologies

H.B. ÇİFTCİ and A. AYGÜN

Several techniques have been developed for the preservation and improvement of genetic resources to maintain genetic diversity. Among those techniques, semen cryopreservation is thought to be the best and successfully applied by dairy and beef industries, but so far, it has not been established in the poultry industry. This is because poultry sperm cells have a unique shape and membrane fluidity, differing from those of mammalian sperm. Also, poultry sperm membranes contain higher quantities of polyunsaturated fatty acids than mammalian sperm, and hence may require more antioxidant protection. Due to the peculiarity of poultry sperm cells, commonly used cryoprotectants for cryopreservation have a contraceptive or toxic effect. This renders the fertility of frozen poultry sperm to become highly variable and not reliable enough for use in commercial production or preservation of genetic resources. The average fertility of frozen/thawed poultry sperm ranges between 2-80%. Therefore, this paper reviews the possible reasons for the lower success of poultry sperm cryopreservation.

The role of nitric oxide (NO) in the body growth rate of birds

V.YU. TITOV, A.M. DOLGORUKOVA, V.I. FISININ, E.N. BORKHUNOVA, G.V. KONDRATOV, N.A. SLESARENKO and I.I. KOCHISH

It has been established that embryogenesis is accompanied by the intense production of nitric oxide (NO). Based on available data, the rate of NO production is roughly equal in all embryos of the same poultry species. However, the rate of NO oxidation to nitrate in embryos of meat breeds is higher than in embryos of egg breeds. In broiler embryos about 90% of all produced NO is oxidised to nitrate. In embryos from egg breeds only several per cent of the NO oxidised to nitrate and the other NO is stored in the embryonic tissues included in NO donors. The intensity of NO oxidation in bird embryo is not depended on sex, age of the layer and feeding regime. Intensity of oxidation varies by no more than 10% within a breed strain or cross. Breeding to increase meat productivity is always associated with an increase in the intensity of NO oxidation in the embryo. There is no direct relationship between the increase in NO oxidation and the live weight gain. It can vary from hundreds of percent to several percent depending on the breed. Moreover, morphological differences between breeds with high and low intensity of embryonic NO oxidation are manifested only after hatching, as synthesis of NO is much lower than in the embryo. It has been presumed that NO oxidation is associated with the synthesis or activation of the factor(s) involved with enhanced growth of meat tissue. This is predetermined genetically and can be partly induced by exogenous stimulants, such as green light. The rate of embryonic NO oxidation can therefore be a useful criterion in practical selection of poultry and in the evaluation of growth enhancers acting at the embryonic level.

An extensive review of experimental ochratoxicosis in poultry: I. Growth and production parameters along with histopathological alterations

A. KHATOON and Z. ABIDIN

The presence of certain mycotoxins within poultry feed has a negative impact upon the growth and the quality of the final product in the form of meat and eggs. More than 300 different chemically diverse mycotoxins have been identified, but ochratoxins and aflatoxins are considered to be most harmful to the poultry industry. Ochratoxin, more importantly ochratoxin A (OTA) is produced by different species of Aspergillus and Penicillium spp. which are present as storage fungi within the stored grains and feed ingredients. Body weight gain has been found to decrease in a dose dependent manner when infected at rates of 0.5-29.4 mg/kg for 7-60 days in different experimental studies. Decreased feed intake has been observed at levels of 0.5-4 mg/kg OTA fed for 21-60 days, while egg production, hatchability, eggshell thickness and egg mass production is severely affected when 0.5-4 mg/kg OTA in feed was fed for 28-84 days. However, 0.5-20 mg/kg OTA given for between two and 10 weeks of age was sufficient to produce histopathological alterations in the liver, kidney, thymus, bursa of Fabricius, spleen, lungs and heart. The research shows that OTA adversely affects every organ in birds and, in the following review, OTA associated alterations in growth parameters, production performance and histopathological disturbances of different body organs are discussed.

Combination of phytase and organic acid for broilers: role in mineral digestibility and phytic acid degradation

B.S. VIEIRA, J.G. CARAMORI JUNIOR, C.F.S. OLIVEIRA and G.S.S. CORREA

The following review covers current and classical knowledge regarding the positive effects of organic acids on phytase activity and phytate P availability in broiler chickens. Despite the improvements achieved for phytase stability under gastrointestinal conditions, intrinsic characteristics of phytic acid, dietary components and the digestive tract favour phytate formation and, consequently, inhibit the degradation of phytic acid and other inositol phosphates by phytase. Organic acids, more frequently citric acid, have been shown to decrease phytate establishment and enhance phytase activity. When supplemented alone, citric acid increased P retention by 16 to 34% and phytate P retention by 105% in broilers. When combined with phytase, 3.27% better tibia ash has been reported. From the available data, it appears that combined use of phytases and organic acids deserves greater consideration in modern poultry nutrition.



Branch News

Algeria

On the behalf of the organising and scientific committees, of the combined 5th National Symposium and the 2nd Maghrebin Journee’s of Poultry Science, the Algerian Poultry Science Association (APSA) invites its colleagues to participate in this event.

The meeting will be held from 2-4 November 2018 in Constantine at the El-Khayem Hotel. The topics of discussion will include:

Poultry welfare
Poultry feeding and nutrition
Prophylaxis and pathology
Hygiene and quality of the poultry products
Reproduction and selection

For more details on this event, please visit our web site: http://symposium2018.simplesite.com/. We look forward to welcoming you to the city of bridges ‘Constantine’ on November 2 to 4.

Dr O. Bennoune, Algerian Branch Secretary

Austria

The Austrian Branch of WPSA is organising its first WPSA-AT Meeting for the 24th of November 2018 in Vienna. This will be a one-day meeting, which will take place at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and will cover ‘The Use of Antibiotics in Laying Hen Operations'.

Simone Schaumberger, Austria Branch Secretary

Bangladesh

The 11th International Poultry Show & Seminar-2019 of World's Poultry Science Association-Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB) is going to be held on the following schedules:

11th International Technical Seminar on Poultry - 2019
Date: 5th-6th March, 2019
Venue: Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort
City: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Md. Rafiqul Islam
Convener
Professor, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Vet Science, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh
Email: mrislam_bau [AT] yahoo [DOT] com

11th International Poultry Show-2019
Date : 7th-9th March, 2019
Venue: International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka
City: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Contact:
Md. Mahabub Hassan
General Secretary, WPSA-BB
Email: info [AT] wpsa-bb [DOT] com, md [DOT] mhassan [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Website: www.wpsa-bb.com 

&
Mr. Zahidul Islam
Convener
Email : info [AT] axon-group [DOT] net

China

On 20-21 August 2018, members of the China Branch of WPSA attended the 10th executive committee meeting of the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, CAAV – Poultry Branch in Xinyang, Henan Province, China. The secretary of WPSA-CN provided our planned agenda for WPSA-CNs session, and the potential invited speakers for the 19th Annual Conference of Poultry Science to be held in 2019. Meanwhile, preparation is underway for a Symposium on Chicken Quality, and plans for the 2018 annual meeting of CAAV are also being discussed.

Dr Jiangxia ZHENG, China Branch Secretary 

France

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The French Branch of WPSA is delighted to invite you to participate in the upcoming World Poultry Congress that will be held from the 16-20 August 2020 in the attractive city of Paris. Information can be found on the web site http://www.wpcparis2020.com/

Please notice that the organisers propose an Early Sponsoring period for the 2020 World Poultry Congress. The Congress will be held in Paris and will attract more than 3000 attendees from all over the world: experts, scientists, researchers, production specialists will participate in presenting and discussing their most recent findings. The early sponsoring will allow our partners to have the benefit of longer visibility (three years before the event), larger opportunities in the sponsoring of activities, as well as eligibility for a 15% discount in 2018. If you are interested and want to know more about this opportunity, please contact us at wpsafrance [AT] wpsa [DOT] fr or N [DOT] Taleb [AT] clq-group [DOT] com

For more information: http://www.wpcparis2020.com/ 

Yves Nys, President–WPSA France

Israel

The 53rd Annual Conference of the Israeli Branch will take place at the end of November 2018 in Tel Aviv. During that 2-day conference, we plan to hold about 15 sessions covering a variety of scientific topics and issues concerning the poultry industry. During the conference, Israeli companies from various sectors of the poultry industry will present their unique products and technological innovations.

We expect to host about 550 participants.

Yitzhak Malka, Israel Branch Secretary

Italy

During its April annual meeting, the general assembly of the Italian Branch elected its officers for the next three years (2018-2021):

  • President: Martino Cassandro (University of Padua)
  • Vice-Presidents: Franco Calini (Consultant for feed industry)
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Massimiliano Petracci (University of Bologna)
  • Members: Francesco Biguzzi, Cesare Castellini, Silvia Cerolini, Paolo Chignola, Margherita Marzoni Fecia Di Cossato, Achille Schiavone, Federico Sirri, Ghassan Sayegh.
  • College of the revisers: Valentina Ferrante, Nicolaia Iaffaldano, Alex Franzoni

Massimiliano Petracci, Branch Secretary

Japan

The 2018 Autumn Meeting of JPSA will be held at Tohoku University in Sendai, Miyagi, during 5–6 September. The meeting will contain an open symposium, as well as council and general meetings. A symposium will be held on the revision of the Food Sanitation Law and its influences on the poultry industry. Detailed information on the fall meeting will be provided on the JPSA website (http://jpn-psa.jp/oshirase/?lang=en).

The Journal of Poultry Science (JPS, the official journal of JPSA, Impact Factor: 0.771) always welcomes the submission of reviews and original papers. Free access to download the full-published articles in JPS is available on J-Stage (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jpsa), which provides an excellent opportunity for all to have access to its published articles.

JPSA wants to contribute to poultry science in Japan and all over the world by enhancing its international activities with members from different countries. Thus, JPSA has a membership category for foreign citizens residing abroad as ‘Special International Member’. The page charges to publish their papers in the JPS will be set at a membership price. JPSA always welcomes new members from all over the world. Please visit our JPSA website (http://jpn-psa.jp/?lang=en) for further information.

Naoki Goto, Secretary Japan Branch

Pakistan

2018 news pakistan septThe Pakistan Branch of WPSA will organise a two day ‘National Poultry Symposium on Poultry Health & Welfare (NPSPHW)’ on 11-12 December 2018 to be held in the University Auditorium at PMAS Arid Agriculture University, 46300 Rawalpindi (Islamabad) Pakistan. The organising committee for NPSPHW would like to invite delegates to participate in this Symposium’s events that will be held in this beautiful city of Pakistan. Scientists, experts, researchers and other personnel involved in the poultry industry should attend to share their most recent findings. If you are interested and want to know more about this wonderful opportunity, please contact Asst. Prof. Dr Nasir Mukhtar, Email: nmukhtar [AT] uaar [DOT] edu [DOT] pk, Cell: +92 (0) 300720074.

Nasir Mukhtar, Vice-President of the Pakistan Branch

Spain

The Spanish Branch will be holding its LV Symposium Cientifico De Avicultura on October 3-4, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Contact: Secretaría Técnica
E-mail: secretaria [AT] wpsa-aeca [DOT] es 
Website: www.wpsa-aeca.es 
Teléfono: + 34 983 474 494
Móvil: + 34 617 331 513

Juan Antonio Játiva, Secretaría AECA-WPSA

South Africa

The South African Branch will hold the 36th Scientific Day on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at the CSIR Conference Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. Theme of the meeting is 'Latest Developments in Layer and Breeder Production'.

Programme

  08h00-08h45 Registration and Coffee
First Session Chairperson Dr Nickey Tyler
  09h00-09h05 Welcome - Johan du Plessis/Nicky Tyler
  09h05-09h50 Prof Martin ZuidhofUniversity of Alberta, Canada - Precision feeding: Perfecting broiler breeder flock uniformity
  09h50-10h30 Prof Maureen BainUniversity of Glasgow, UK - The science of eggshell quality and it's assessment
     
Tea break 10h30-11h00  
     
Second Session Chairperson Mr Dean Backhouse
  11h00-11h40 Mr Peter Arts - Hendricks-Genetics, NetherlandsThe latest developments in layer & breeder production
  11h40-12h20 Prof Sergio VieraUniversity Rio Grande do Sul, BrazilMicro mineral broiler breeder nutrition reassessed
  12h20-12h50 Dr Fambies Van BiljonSovereign Foods, South AfricaAI in South Africa
     
WPSA AGM  12h50-13h10 Mr Johan du Plessis
     
Lunch  13h10-14h00  
     
Third session  Chairperson Ms Gay Boomgaard
  14h00-14h45 Prof Martin ZuidhofUniversity of Alberta, CanadaPrecision feeding: Practical insights from every bird's unique story
  14h45-15h30 Prof Maureen BainUniversity of Glasgow, UKStabilizing eggshell quality in extended laying cycles
  15h30-16h00 Dr Peter PlumsteadChemunique, South AfricaLimestone quality and effects on calcium and phosphorus digestibility
     
Acknowledgement 16h00-16h15 Mr Jannie Maritz

 For more information, email: wpsasouthafrica [AT] gmail [DOT] com or contact Mr Johan du Plessis at +27 (0)82 322 5066

Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan branch of WPSA, in collaboration with Sri Lanka Veterinary Association, and the US Soya Bean Export Council conducted their second seminar for the year on Poultry Nutrition & Management for the membership on 6th April 2018 at Hotel Topaz Kandy. This was conducted as a part of the branch’s continuous effort on uplifting the knowledge of the branch’s members. About 100 WPSA & SLVA members participated in the seminar programme.

Dr Paul Rose, Reader in Poultry Science, National Institute of Poultry Husbandry, Harper Adams University was the main speaker for the seminar. Dr S.S.P Silva, Director Veterinary research institute (VRI) Sri Lanka, Dr Dilan Satharasinghe Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Vet. Medicine & Animal Science, & Athula Mahagamage Regional Technical Representative USSEC, were also among the panel of speakers.

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Seminar for key medical practitioners in Kandy

The Sri Lanka Branch (WPSA-SL), in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association, conducted a seminar on ‘Protein for a Healthy Nation’ for key medical practitioners in Kandy district, on 25th May 2018 at the Hotel Topaz Kandy. This seminar was organised by WPSA – SL as a part of its continuous attempt to build demand for chicken and eggs, island wide. Over 85 Medical officers (including consultants) were present & they actively participated in the programme.
Dr Gamini Jayakody, a consultant community physician from the central provincial director’s office in Kandy provided a good lecture on ‘The importance of protein consumption in preventing disease.’ Prof. N.S Kalupahana, a Professor from the Human Nutrition Faculty of Medicine University of Peradeniya provided another lecture on ‘Myths on nutrition related to Diabetes and non-communicable diseases.’ Finally Dr Chin How Cheong, a Poultry Veterinary Consultant in Singapore, led a discussion on ‘Myths & misconceptions related to chicken & egg consumption’.

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The Sri Lanka Branch, again in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Veterinary Association, and the US Soya Bean Export Council conducted their third seminar for the year on Poultry Nutrition & Management Techniques from 11th June to 13th June 2018 at Hotel Topaz Kandy. The seminar was conducted as a part of our continuous effort to uplift the knowledge of the membership. Over 100 WPSA & SLVA members participated in this programme.

Professor Ravi Ravindran of Massey University in New Zealand was invited as the main speaker for this three day programme. Dr S.S.P Silva, the Director of the Veterinary Research Institute (VRI) in Sri Lanka, and Dr Nimal Priyankarage, also served with the registration.

Other individuals included on the panel of speakers included: Prof S. P. Gunarathne, Senior Lecturer, Department of Farm Animal Production; Dr Dilan Satharasinghe, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Vet. Medicine & Animal Science; Dr GSKN Gamlath, Consultant Veterinarian for poultry breeder Operation; and, Athula Mahagamage, Regional Technical Representative USSEC.

Educational & Trade mission to the Netherlands
The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, in collaboration with Sri Lankan Branch of WPSA organised an educational & trade mission to the Netherlands for key poultry veterinarians & medium scale broiler & layer companies in Sri Lanka. This training visit was conducted from 17-24 June in parallel with the VIV Europe in Utrecht the Netherlands. Twenty two WPSA-SL members were participants in this mission.

During this programme, participants were provided comprehensive training and hands on experience with regard to on poultry management from farm to the end product, with practical exposure to spme of the latest poultry management techniques in the Netherlands. Barneveld College, the Dutch Poultry museum, and the VIV Exhibition were among the key visited sites.

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Togo

The Regional Centre of Excellence for Poultry Science (CERSA) and the World’s Poultry Science Association - Togolese branch (WPSA-Togo) will organise Panafrican Poultry Conference (PPC) from 13th to 17th May 2019. This conference will take place at Campus of University of Lome, Togo. More than 200 delegates from Togo, regional and international countries are expected to attend the conference.
Several experienced speakers drawn from both international, regional and national academia and poultry industry will be on hand to discuss the topics. Well known invited speakers will highlight bottlenecks of African poultry industry and it importance in the world. In total, six (06) thematic areas will be covered including: 1) Egg and meat processing, 2) Environment and management, 3) Feeding-Nutrition and Metabolism, 4) Genetics, 6) Reproduction and incubation and 4) Socio-economy. The programme for the PPC will be posted on CERSA web site (www.cersa-togo.org) and its links.
All those involved in poultry science and industry are encouraged to submit original research, teaching and extension papers. Information about abstracts submission will be available on www.cersa-togo.org in few weeks.

Turkey

The Turkish Branch is fully engaged in the organisation of the XXIV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat and XVIII. European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products to be held in the Aegean resort town of Çeşme (İzmir) between 23-26 June 2019.

If you are interested in participating in or in serving as a sponsor for these symposia, please visit www.eggmeat2019.com or contact Prof. Dr Servet Yalçın at servet [DOT] yalcin [AT] ege [DOT] edu [DOT] tr or Prof. Dr Rüveyde Akbay at rakbay [AT] agri [DOT] ankara [DOT] edu [DOT] tr.

We look forward to welcoming you at the symposia next summer!

Assoc. Prof. Dr Cengizhan Mızrak, Secretary of the WPSA Turkish Branch

United Kingdom

33rd Poultry Science Symposium

The proposal for the 33rd Poultry Science Symposium is to discuss the topics of prebiotics, probiotics and the poultry microbiome, against the background of a post-antibiotic era. The tentative date for the 33rd PSS would be August 2020, with the preferred venue of Cambridge. As further planning progresses more details will appear on the WPSA UK website at www.wpsa-uk.com

Stephen Lister, UK Branch Secretary

USA

The USA and Canadian Branches of the WPSA jointly sponsored the annual WPSA lecture held during the Poultry Science Association Annual meeting in July in San Antonio, TX. The speaker was Rick Kleyn of Spesfeed (Pty) Ltd. from Rivonia, South Africa. He presented the topic ‘The current state and future demands of the poultry industry: Will we meet our commitments?’. His presentation was both very informative and challenging to all in attendance. His core message addressed the challenges of the food industry to meet the demands for food security, provide the products that consumers want and act in a sustainable manner.

Also, during the PSA annual meeting, the USA and Canadian Branches hosted a joint annual luncheon promoting fellowship and interaction between the branches.

The USA Branch also conducted its annual business meeting in San Antonio, with a majority of the Board members present. One of the key upcoming activities is a planned Branch election to replace two of our Branch Board members with terms expiring in January, 2019

Bob Buresh, USA Branch Secretary

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