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June 2018 Newsletter

Volume 43, June 2018  Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein,  

 

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

A/P WG3

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 .

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.

Click here for the full article.

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  or

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: , 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:  
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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Travel Grant Programme

For information about the Travel Grant Programmes click here.

 

Travel Grants can only be requested for WPSA events.

Only WPSA members can apply.

 

Travel Grant application forms

Speakers' Bureau Programme

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Branch Development Proposal

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.
The maximum budget for a proposal is US$2,000.

Deadlines for submission are January 1st and July 1st.

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