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September 2021 Newsletter

Volume 55, September 2021  Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein,  


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Executive Committee

Secretary's Report

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The World’s Poultry Congress is postponed to 7-11 August 2022. On 10 August 2021, the day of the official opening of the Congress when hold this year, a webinar was organized by the WPC team to celebrate 100 years of World’s Poultry Congresses. During the webinar the names of the inductees of the International Poultry Hall of Fame - Prof Achille Franchini, Italy, Prof Rob Gous, South Africa, Prof Hafez Mohamed Hafez, Germany, Dr Gerald Havenstein, USA and Dr Bob Pym, Australia- and the winners of the Paul Siegel Research award – Prof Samuel Aggrey, USA- and WPSA Education award – Prof Kokou Tona, Togo- were announced. The official award session will take place in Paris 2022. The webinar can be watched here.

During WPC2022 also the next Council meeting is planned. Official voting will be for members of the WPSA board and for the city and country of the next World’s Poultry Congress. Branches will be informed about procedures and time schedules later this year.

Travel restrictions still exist but the first signs that parts of the world re-opens for meetings and exhibitions are visible. Nevertheless as we have discovered the possibilities of online meetings, several national branch and international scientific meetings are online. On September 1, 2021, there was a Virtual Leadership Conference focusing on Africa. Speakers on behalf of WPSA were Mrs Comfort Acheampong, Ghana and Mr Peter van Horne, The Netherlands.

The One-Health conference (8-9 September organized by the Pakistan branch) and webinars to be hold by many other branches are the examples.

More communications and other news can be found on the WPSA Facebook page ( and website. A special calendar is now reserved for webinars from associations and our supporting sponsors and advertisers. New activities can be sent to .

Dr Roel Mulder, General Secretary

Treasurer's Report

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From a professional standpoint, this quarter has been very quiet. It was another summer without the usual in-person scientific society events that we all anticipate. It was a true gift that the organizers of the World’s Poultry Congress 2020, developed a webinar celebrating the Centenary of the World Poultry Congress.
The webinar definitely got the viewer in the mood for next summer’s long anticipated Congress in Paris. My personal congratulations to all of the new members of the International Poultry Hall of Fame. In addition to the esteemed Dr Hafez, I was delighted to see my former WPSA Board Members (Drs Franchini, Gous, Havenstein, and Pym) inducted.
During the webinar, Dr Mulder also announced that Dr Samuel Aggrey was the first recipient of the Paul Siegel Research Award. Well done, Dr Aggrey. As a member of the United States of America Branch of WPSA, I was so proud that the Research Award now bears the name of Dr Siegel. However, I know that Dr Siegel’s many former students, colleagues, and friends around the world will argue that he is truly a ‘global’ member of WPSA!
Slowly I am seeing organizations and societies start to announce their 2021 in-person meetings. I leave you with the wish that we all will be traveling during the coming year, and that we will be able to personally greet each other at our favourite meetings, conferences, and at the World’s Poultry Congress.

Dr Francine Bradley, Treasurer

26th World's Poultry Congress

Palais de Congrès, August 7-11, 2022, Paris, France

wpc2021 100On 10 August 2021, a special webinar took place online to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of WPC and launch the 26th WPC. The event was a success with 762 unique connections during the live event and 1875 views as replay.

The Secretary General of WPSA, Dr Roel Mulder, the President of the 26th WPC, Dr Michèle Tixier-Boichard, and the Chairman of the Scientific Committee, Dr Michel Duclos, chaired the meeting from a studio at the ‘Palais des Congrès de Paris’.

The session started with a talk from the President of WPSA, Dr Ning YANG, online from Beijing. Two keynote speakers then addressed major challenges for the poultry sector:

- Dr Les SIMS (Asia Pacific Veterinary Information Services Pty Ltd): Control and prevention of avian influenza in a post-COVID-19 world - time to reconsider the role of vaccination

- Dr Anne MOTTET (FAO): Sustainability in the global poultry sector and opportunities for agroecological transitions

The Secretary General then presented the WPSA awards.

Five colleagues were distinguished for the International Poultry Hall of Fame: Dr Achille Franchini (Italy), Dr Rob Gous (South Africa), Dr Hafez M. Hafez (Germany), Dr Gerald B. Havenstein (USA), Dr Robert A.E. Pym (Australia).
Pre-recorded videos prepared by Eddy Decuypere, for the WPSA Education Award, by Werner Bessei and Todd Applegate, for the WPSA Paul B. Siegel Research Award, completed the presentation. The recipients were respectively Dr Kokou TONA (Togo) and Dr Samuel E. Aggrey (USA).

20WPC blocmarque blocdatesThose recipients who were able to connect online addressed their thanks to the association for these distinctions.

An original video reminding the history of WPC from the first congress in The Hague, The Netherlands 1921 to the last event in Beijing, China 2016 was then presented. The countries and the people organising these events were thus highlighted and the dynamics of the Poultry Science community was celebrated.

Dr Michèle Tixier-Boichard then closed the webinar and announced the following events, a series of webinars from September 2021 until June 2022 and the face-to-face event in Paris, 7-12 August 2022. She finally thanked all those who supported the organisation of those events and especially the early sponsors for their continuous support despite the two successive postponements of the 26th WPC, and formulated her deep wish to meet all members in Paris 2022.

The webinar can be viewed as replay on the WPC website.

Christophe Bostvironnois, President French Branch
Michael Duclos, Secretary, French Branch
Michèle Tixier Boichard, WPC2020, Chair of WPC2021

International Poultry Hall of Fame

For WPC2022 the following distinguished poultry scientists were selected to the International Poultry Hall of Fame. The official recognition of inductees will take place during the World’s Poultry Congress, 7-11 August 2022.

Achille Franchini

Professor Achille Franchini (Italy)

IPHF 2020 franchiniAchille Franchini, graduated in Veterinary Medicine and specialized in Avian Pathology. He spent his entire academic career at University of Bologna, and he was Full Professor of Poultry Science at the Faculty of Agriculture for over 20 years (1988-2012). During this period, Prof. Franchini served as Head of several key research infrastructures, such as ‘Animal Breeding Institute’ (1996-2000), ‘Research Centre on Technology and Hygiene of Intensively Reared Small Animal Species’ (2006-2012), and ‘Department of Food Science’ (2001-2006 and 2009-2012). Prof. Franchini began making contributions toward understanding relationship between nutrition and health in avian species when he was still studying for his Master’s degree, and he continues for more than forty years with the publication of more than 200 scientific publications in the field of poultry science with special emphasis on: i) effect of vitamins, as antioxidant components of diet, on some cellular functions of the immune system and performance in broilers and turkeys; ii) feeding strategies for improving nutritive quality of poultry meat and eggs; iii) molecular characterization of food-borne pathogens (Salmonella and Campylobacter); iv) phenotypic and genotypic studies on antibiotic resistance in Salmonella typhimurium; and v) control of Salmonella in poultry by competitive exclusion and dietary supplementation of organic and inorganic acids. He was also among the first Italian animal scientists to understand the importance of joining international research networks and developing participation to EU funded projects. Indeed, he joined the European FLAIR project ‘Prevention and control of potentially pathogenic microorganisms in poultry and poultry meat processing’, and he was a member of the Management Committee of COST Action 97 – ‘Pathogenic microorganisms in poultry and eggs’ (1994 to 2000) and COST Action 920 ‘Foodborne zoonosis: a coordinated food chain approach’ (2001-2006). Prof. Franchini also participated in EU projects such as CAMPYCHECK, POULTRYFLORGUT and RESCAPE. He also promoted the formation of Alma Food - Integrated Research Team at University of Bologna and as a member of the board, he chaired the National Technology Platform ‘Italian Food for Life’ as a reference point for research in the Life Science area and main partners for the European Technology Platforms. From the beginning of his career, Prof. Franchini was a very active member of Scientific Societies in the poultry sector. From 1979 to 1985, he joined the Board of the Italian Society for Avian Pathology, and in 1980 he was one of the founders of the ‘Avian Immunological Study Group’. However, most of his career was dedicated to the World's Poultry Science Association. In 1999, he promoted as member of the Board of the Italian Branch and as chair of the organizing committee, the organization of the XIV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat & VIII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products, which was held in Bologna. In 2003, he was elected as President of Italian Branch of the WPSA, and he strongly promoted internationalization of the activities of the Italian Branch. Annual meetings of Italian Branch started to host several foreign researchers. In addition, special technical meetings, where especially poultry industry people went to learn about latest developments, were organized by inviting the most relevant scientists. Before his mandate, Italian Branch was only partially involved in the organization of International Congress, while in the following years several conferences have been held in Italy (XII European Poultry Conference, VIII Poultry Welfare Symposium, Incubation and Fertility Research Group Meeting, VIII European Symposium on Poultry Genetics, XXI European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat & XV European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products). Before EPC2006, he served as President of the European Federation (2006-2010). During his mandate, he gave high impulse to reinforce the activities of WG’s within European Federation and to strengthen further the role of the European Federation within World's Poultry Science Association. He was also one of the founding members of the Mediterranean Poultry Network. He was also national member of WG5 ‘Poultry Meat Quality’ for almost 20 years.

Rob Gous

Professor Rob Gous (South Africa)

gous robAfter an academic career spanning 37 years, Dr Rob Gous retired from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in 2007 and is now an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at that university. He continues to conduct research and supervise postgraduate students, his research interests being in the development of simulation models for growing broilers, turkeys and pigs, and for laying hens and broiler breeders. His career ticks all the boxes associated with the aims of the World’s Poultry Science Association. He was involved in university education for 37 years, teaching all aspects of poultry science to undergraduate students and then supervising many during their postgraduate training. He has also assisted in the training of postgraduate students in Brazil, Australia, the Netherlands, and the USA. He has published the results of his research extensively in the scientific literature, receiving many accolades and awards for the work he has done. The simulation models that he has developed are being used around the world in both industry and for teaching purposes at universities. He was instrumental in overturning the conventional wisdom related to the lighting of broiler breeder pullets and hens, and as a result of the practical research that he has conducted, he has been invited to many conferences and meetings around the world. He has spent much of his academic life assisting in ensuring that the WPSA remains active and relevant – he chaired the South African Branch of the WPSA for over 20 years and was a Vice-President of the World Branch of the WPSA for four terms, during one of which he was the Senior Vice-President.

Hafez M. Hafez

Professor Dr Hafez Mohammed Hafez (Germany)

HafezProf. Dr H.M. Hafez was born in 1947 in Egypt. He conducted his studies of veterinary medicine at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Egypt in Cairo. Between 1971 and 1975 he worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Poultry Disease at the same University and subsequently gained his degree as a Master of Veterinary Science. In 1981, he was given the doctoral degree at the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. From 1981 to 1985 he served at the Diagnostic State lab in Stuttgart, and in 1987 he was promoted to a leader position of the poultry and virology unit of this institution. In 1994, he submitted his dir. habilitatus (Dr med. vet. habil.) thesis at the department of Poultry Diseases, the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany, and achieved the degree for the field of poultry diseases and hygiene at the same university. Since 1996, he is honour professor at University of Hohenheim, and since 2009 at the Alexandria University in Egypt. In 1997, he moved to Berlin after being hired as a full professor for poultry diseases and served as the director of the Institute of Poultry Disease of the Free University of Berlin, Germany, for many years. In March 2016, he officially retired but continued to serve the University as a guest professor at the Institute of Poultry Diseases until today. Professor Hafez is a Certified Specialist for Poultry diseases since 1982, for Microbiology since 1989, and Animal Hygiene since 1996. He was recognized as a Diplomate for Veterinary Public health (EDVPH) in 2005, and later in 2009 as a Diplomate of the European College of Poultry Veterinary Science (ECPVS), for which he was also a founding member and one of the past presidents. Furthermore, he is engaged in the World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA), for which he was elected as a president in 2005. Professor Hafez is well known as the organizer of the International Symposia on Turkey Diseases as well as Turkey Production, which he hosted for many years. In 2019, he hosted the 13th ‘Hafez’ International Symposium on Turkey Diseases in Berlin. With his personal engagement within the WPSA, nationally within the German group but also internationally as chair of working group 10 (turkeys) of the European Branch of the WPSA, he can be recognized as an international poultry specialist with outstanding professional performance in the field. Professor Hafez is considered as an internationally known and frequently consulted poultry specialist. He was recognized for his achievement by being awarded a variety of prices. To name a few: the Karl-Fritzsche-Award for the area of infection medicine of the Germany Veterinary Society e.V. (DVG) in 1993, or repeated awards from the agricultural academy of the Veterinary University of Wroclaw, Poland in 2000 and 2002. He showed a significant engagement in postgraduate education and supported more than 80 doctoral students, and participated as a PI or Co-PI in many national and international research projects. His professional network is exceptional, with connections to many countries worldwide. During the last years, his research focused on not only bacterial diseases of poultry and welfare aspects, but also addressed poultry diseases of international importance such as Avian Influenza. He contributed to the knowledge and understanding of poultry diseases and the field of poultry sciences with over 300 publications and countless lectures and presentations at national and international conferences.

Gerald Havenstein

Dr Gerald B. Havenstein (USA)

HavensteinDr Havenstein received his B.S. in Agriculture (focusing on Poultry Science) in 1961 from Kansas State University. He then moved to Madison, WI to acquire his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (1966) in the Department of Genetics from the University of Wisconsin. Following a year as instructor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, he joined Heisdorf & Nelson (H&N), a major global egg-type breeding company, as staff geneticist. After serving H&N for 10 years, he was named their Director of Genetics Research in 1976. In 1986, Dr Havenstein was chosen to serve as the Department Chair for the Department of Poultry Science at Ohio State University. During his last year in that position, he also served as the Chair and Interim Assistant Director of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Columbus and Wooster, Ohio. In early 1989, he was offered Head of the Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University where he served until 2005. He spent the next 3 years at NCSU on a half-time basis publishing several research papers with faculty colleagues. He also developed and published a ‘History of the Department of Poultry Science and other Poultry Related Programs at North Carolina State University, 1881-2010’, which summarized poultry related research, teaching, and extension accomplishments at the university. Dr Havenstein has authored and co-authored approximately 160 peer reviewed journal articles and other publications. Most were published during the 20 years he served as University Department Head. One of the publications that he and his colleagues authored and published in 2003 was honoured as being one of the most cited papers ever published in the journal Poultry Science (Growth, livability and feed conversion of 1957 versus 2001 broilers when fed representative 1957 and 2001 broiler diets; G.B. Havenstein, P.R. Ferket and M.A. Qureshi; Poultry Science (2003) 82:1500-1508). Throughout his career, Dr Havenstein has been actively involved in the World’s Poultry Science Association, several state Poultry Associations, the Poultry Science Association, the Poultry Breeders of America, and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (formerly known as the Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association). He served on the Board of the USA Branch of the WPSA and as its President from 1998 to 2004. He also served as Vice President on the Board of WPSA from 2008-2012. Since 2007, he has served as the editor for the quarterly newsletter of the WPSA, which serves as the primary method of effective communication between the organization and its global branches and membership. Attendance and participation in international conferences and congresses were real highlights for Dr Havenstein. He attended seven World Poultry Congresses (New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Montreal, New Delhi, Istanbul and Brisbane), several European Poultry Conferences, and other WPSA conferences organized by the European Poultry Working Groups. He also attended at least 12 Turkey Conferences hosted in the U.K. by Turkeys Magazine.

Bob Pym

Dr Robert (Bob) A.E. Pym (Australia)

IPHF 2020 pymDr Robert Pym graduated with a Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia in 1965. He then joined the New South Wales Department of Agriculture as a Livestock Research Officer in poultry genetics at the Poultry Research Station at Seven Hills in Sydney. Over the next 19 years, his research focussed on genetic and physiological aspects of feed utilisation efficiency and body composition of meat chickens. His work on feed efficiency was instrumental in the adoption of direct selection for food utilisation efficiency initially by Australian poultry breeding companies, and subsequently had a major impact on feed efficiency selection by a significant number of the large international breeders. His MSc in 1971 (University of New South Wales) and PhD in 1977 (University of New England) were both focussed on this area of study. In 1984, Bob moved from Seven Hills to the University of Queensland in Brisbane, where he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Poultry Science in the School of Veterinary Science. His research continued in the above areas until the mid-1990s. Bob’s novel selection ideas and his open sharing of his results have been acknowledged as having had a substantial impact upon the carbon footprint and the economic viability of the global broiler industry. In the late 1970s, Bob developed an interest in small-scale family poultry farming in developing countries and over the years since then has been involved in courses and development projects in a number of countries including Indonesia, South Africa, The Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar and Lao PDR. This led to a sabbatical with FAO in Rome in 2005, during which time he worked closely with FAO personnel involved in support of small-scale family poultry farmers in developing countries, culminating in a major programme and workshop in this area at the 23rd World’s Poultry Congress in Brisbane in 2008. He was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the 1st Working Group of the World’s Poultry Science Association’s (WPSA) Asian Pacific Federation on Small-scale family poultry farming and organised the Asian Pacific Federation working group symposium on Avian Influenza and Small-scale Family Poultry Farming in Bangkok in March 2007, to coincide with the 8th Asian Pacific Poultry Conference. Up until his retirement from the University of Queensland in December 2008, Bob lectured to Veterinary and Agricultural Science students on poultry husbandry, genetics and breeding, monogastric nutrition, poultry reproduction and monogastric production systems. He has supervised some 23 successful postgraduate candidatures (12 PhDs), in a range of areas. He has published widely in the above research areas and has been invited to speak at numerous international conferences and meetings since the early 1980s. Bob was President of the Australian Branch of WPSA from 1993 to 2009, was a member of the Australian Egg Industry Research and Development Council from 1989 to 1998 and was the recipient of the Australian Poultry Award in 1995. He has been periodically Editor of the annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium since 1998 and has been on the International Editorial Board of the World’s Poultry Science Journal since 1990. In 2000, he headed the successful bid for the 23rd World’s Poultry Congress and was Chair of the Congress which was held in Brisbane from 30 June to 4 July 2008, where he was elected President of WPSA. Over the subsequent four-year term of his WPSA presidency to 2012, Bob promoted the role of WPSA in facilitating efficient and sustainable poultry production in developing countries through information transfer and improvements in capability and communications. He was instrumental in the formation of the African Poultry Network and has continued his close involvement in promoting the development of the poultry industry and research and teaching capability throughout Africa. As a reflection of this involvement, at the 1st African Poultry Summit in Abeokuta, Nigeria in 2011, Bob was presented with an ‘Outstanding Leadership Award’ plaque by the Nigerian branch of WPSA ‘In Recognition of your Contribution to the Development of the Poultry Sector in Africa’. Bob coordinated and contributed extensively to the major revision of the WPSA Constitution and By-Laws, undertaken by the WPSA Board in 2010. As immediate Past-President of WPSA from 2012 to 2016, Bob continued to promote the development of poultry science in developing countries, through the organisation of meetings, securing financial support for identified key developing country poultry scientists to attend focus meetings, advocating for and securing the opportunity for older WPSA scientists from developing countries to obtain financial support to attend WPSA conferences and meetings, personal attendance and presentations at WPSA-organised seminars and conferences in developing countries, and direct involvement in poultry development projects in developing countries. He was appointed chair of the WPSA Board’s Africa Actions sub-committee in 2013.

WPSA Awards

To mark the success of the 1992 World’s Poultry Congress in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Branch of the World’s Poultry Science Association established a series of special scholarship awards. The awards, worth €11,000 (currently about US$12,500) are normally made in each of three categories representing the WPSA’s three main areas of activity: Research, Education and Industry/Organization. The Foundation decided to give its final award during the World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France in 2022 and asked WPSA to sponsor future awards. WPSA accepted and renamed the Research Award, the Paul Siegel Research Award. The Paul Siegel Research Award went to Professor Samuel Egyir Aggrey (USA), and the Education award went to Professor Kokou Tona (Togo). No awards were made this year in the category Industry/Organization. The official recognition of the awardees will take place during the World’s Poultry Congress, 7-11 August 2022.

Paul Siegel Research Award

aggreyFor two decades, Professor Samuel (Sammy) Egyir Aggrey (University of Georgia, Athens, USA) has conducted basic and fundamental research in quantitative, molecular and cellular aspects of feed and nutrient utilization in meat type (broiler) chickens. The biological measure of feed efficiency, residual feed intake (RFI) was introduced in 1965 and remained a black box for over a half a century because it combined the efficiency of maintenance and efficiency of growth into one component. Professor Aggrey dissected the components of RFI, delineated what had been a black box, and offered additional tools for genetic improvement. Based on the molecular dissection of feed efficiency, it became apparent that feed efficiency is highly related to protein (nitrogen) utilization efficiency. Whereas mammals use the ornithine cycle for nitrogen recycling, avian species use the purine biosynthesis pathway. Professor Aggrey showed that chickens use both the purine biosynthesis and the salvage pathways to recycle dietary nitrogen and further offered the molecular mechanisms utilized by both feed-efficient and inefficient birds in nitrogen recycling. Professor Aggrey has also been developing biomarkers for heat stress, coccidian infection and gut health in the era of antibiotic free production. Professor Aggrey co-edited ‘Poultry Genetics, Breeding and Biotechnology’ and was the lead editor for ‘Advances in Poultry Genetics and Genomics’.

Education Award

tonaProf. Kokou Tona started his research career after completing his MSc in Tropical Animal Production at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Prince Leopold, Antwerpen, Belgium in 1998. Having completed his PhD in Applied Biological Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, Prof. Tona has gone through the ranks at the University of Lomé and became a full Professor since 2015. Having played a pivotal role in securing a World Bank grant for the establishment of the Regional Centre of Excellence in Avian Sciences (CERSA) at the University of Lomé, Prof. Tona became the Director of the Centre, which has made tremendous impacts in the region, focusing on Masters, PhD and short course programmes of over 180, 60 and 1000 students, respectively, from about 13 countries in Western, Central and Eastern Africa. The vision of the Centre is to develop and improve capacity building in the agricultural sector in general and in the poultry industry in particular, in order to consolidate food security in West Africa. Prof. Tona has been instrumental in developing a functional curriculum for the Centre, which has received international accreditation for the Masters programme. The research of Prof. Tona has focussed on the following: avian physiology; technical knowledge of hatchery management and day-old chick production on industrial scale; improvement of poultry production through adapted management practices in sub-Saharan Africa; and development of the Tona-scoring system for measuring one-day-old chick quality. He developed a renowned method of chick quality scoring in the year 2003, which has been accepted globally. He has also been involved in the development of short course modules for poultry industry and implementation in West African countries, training poultry industry stakeholders in different countries, advisor and monitoring for poultry industry stakeholders in the sub-region. organization of poultry symposiums in Togo having attendance from different countries, and Organization of the first Pan-African Poultry Conference in 2019 (PPC 2019). Prof. Tona has over 100 articles published in reputable journals to date. He has successfully supervised numerous undergraduate, Masters, PhD, and Postdoctoral students. He established the Togo WPSA branch in 2007 and also successfully hosted several international conferences in Togo. The award will further enable him support for development of the Bioethics and Animal Welfare Masters programme.

Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay Competition

At the 2019 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. For the XXVI World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France in 2022, five travel awards of US$2,000 each will be made available on a competitive basis to full time graduate poultry science students. The original essay of up to 2000 words addressed the topic ‘The possible role of the World’s Poultry Science Association in education’.

The official recognition of the awardees will take place during the World’s Poultry Congress, 7-11 August 2022.

For WPC2022, the winners of the Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay Competition are:

Brooke C. Bodle (USA)
Marcos Antonio Nascimento Filho (Brazil)
Velusamy Madhupriya (India)
Andrea Azucena Rubio Molina (USA)
Micaela Sinclair-Black (South Africa)

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: 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


European Federation

The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and on into 2023. A list of most of our upcoming conferences may be found on the WPSA Calendar at
News from several European Federation Working Groups are provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News



espnIn order to avoid overlapping with WPC in 2022, ESPN will take place at the same planned venue, Palacongressi in Rimini, from 21 to 24 June, 2023. Our Branch would like to thank again VET International and Palacongressi of Rimini for their cooperation and understanding during this time. 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.


Breeding and Genetics

The European Symposium on Poultry Genetics has been postponed to 8-10 November 2023. It will take place at the Maritim Airport Hotel in Hannover.


Poultry Meat Quality

Following the decision of the Organizers of WPC2022 to value and accept the abstracts received in 2019, and as well as to bridge the centenary of the WPC and the 26th WPC in August 2022, WG5 is organizing a webinar on next 12 October 2021. The two sessions will be held from 11:00 to 12:30 CET and 14:00 to 15:30 CET by including abstracts submitted respectively on ‘Construction of meat quality’ and ‘Meat processing’ topics.

2023 eggmeat logoAs for all European Symposia, the XXV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat conjointly held with the XIX European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products have been postponed to 2023, thanks to the cooperation of the Polish Branch. Those Symposia will be held from 8 to 10 September 2023 at the same venue as previously planned in Kraków, Poland, and the website is already available for those Symposia. Our next WG5 member Meeting will be held during World's Poultry Congress 2022 in Paris.

Massimiliano Petracci, Secretary Italian Branch of WPSA


Incubation and Fertility Research Group (IFRG)

Due to the current situation and uncertainties, especially for international travelling, the 2021 meeting will be held in virtual format.

The Incubation and Fertility Research Group (IFRG) invites you for the upcoming IFRG E-meeting, which will be held on the 14th and 15th of October, 2021. For each day we will have a meeting during 13:00h to 15:30h Central European Time (UTC +2).

The IFRG meeting provides an ideal platform for researchers and industry people to meet and share the latest research findings, new indeas and information. Although the pandemic situation prevents us to achieve the full benefit of a physical meeting, we hope to sustain the goals of the group with the E-meeting. Due to the limited time of the meeting, the focus of the meeting wil be relating to Fertility, Embryonic development, Egg incuation, Epigenetics and Chick quality.

We as organizing committee are exited to welcome you to join our first IFRG E-meeting!

For more information see the website.

Ampai Nangsuay, Secretary WG6

Asia Pacific Federation

WPSA Asian-Pacific Working Group News


Small Scale Family Poultry Farming

A new team is being formed for the Asian/Pacific Federation’s WG1 that is centred around Small Scale Family Poultry Farming.

Backyard poultry production is a very important part of many African and Asian Pacific countries, for the production of meat and eggs. Therefore, Small Scale Family Poultry Farming (SSFPF) is an important working group for WPSA’s Asian/Pacific Federation. The SSFPF is reorganizing its team to include many members of the Asia/Pacific Federation. As a part of that effort, it has been decided that WG1 will also organize a World Native Chicken Conference, and will attempt to repeat that conference every two years. As the new leader of WG1, I invite and encourage all researchers and other WPSA members who are interested in this topic to join and participate in WG1. This working group can play a very important and vibrant role for many vulnerable rural economies in many countries.

Dr Nasir Mukhtar, Chair, APF WG1

For Correspondence: Dr Nasir Mukhtar Group Leader of WG1 ‘Small Scale Family Poultry Farming’
(Department of Poultry Sciences, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi-Pakistan)
WhatsApp/Mob: +92 (0) 3007200074 Email:


Ratites (ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries or kiwis)

A Ratite Research Session is being planned for the World Poultry Congress that has been re-scheduled in Paris, France from August 7 – 11, 2022. The actual date for the Ratite Session has not yet been determined, but please send any suggestions for contributions and/or topics that you have to 

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 .

Anel Engelbrecht, Chair


World's Poultry Science Journal

Upcoming articles

Articles in upcoming Journal(s)

  • Z. Janjecic - Hrvatica - Croatian native breed of poultry
  • M. Rehman - Physiological role of arginine in growth performance, gut health and immune response in broilers: a review
  • T. Bhattacharya - Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and their role in poultry
  • L.A. Arias Sosa - A reveiw on the productive potential of the Muscovy Duck
  • M. Bouyeh - A Review of the effects of niacin on broiler productivity
  • V. dos Santos - Essential oils as sanitizers for hatching eggs
  • N. Morgan - Importance of considering non-starch polysaccharide content of poultry diets
  • M. Zampiga - Importance of feed efficiency for sustainable intensification of chicken meat production: implications and role for amino acids, feed enzymes and organic trace minerals
  • O. Olgun - The importance of nutrition in preventing heat stress at poultry
  • V.H. Ferreira - How can the research on chicken cognition improve chicken welfare: a perspective review



Hrvatica - Croatian Native Breed of poultry


Intensification of poultry production has led to the cessation of use of many local breeds resulting in their replacement with high-yielding breeds or hybrids. A description of native populations and their distinctive properties are the basis for their conservation. This paper presents the current knowledge about the origin, external characteristics and production indicators of the Croatian native breed of poultry – the Hrvatica. The breeding of the Hrvatica began in the first half of the 20th century, in an area alongside the river Drava, by crossing domestic hens with Leghorn roosters and later with the Wellsummer breed. After the breed almost vanished, a breeding program was established to focus on four variants with different plumage colours. Today, the total population of breeding animals is estimated at 5000 to 6000. The Hrvatica is a dual-purpose breed and successfully tolerates free-range farming throughout the year. It is modest in its nutritional needs and, with enough pasture, provides quality and tasty meat. The body weight of adult roosters ranges from 2.2 kg to 2.6 kg and adult hens weigh from 1.6 kg to 1.8 kg. The breed is characterized by good egg-laying, with pronounced maternal instincts. Egg-laying, depending on the housing and feeding conditions, ranges from 200 to 220 eggs per year. Eggs have a distinct, elongated shape with an average shape index of 74% and an average weight of 51 g. The eggshell is light-coloured.

Physiological role of arginine in growth performance, gut health and immune response in broilers: a review


Arginine (Arg) is one of the metabolically versatile essential amino acids. Dietary supplementation with Arg has been shown to stimulate the secretion of insulin-like growth factor while improving growth performance and feed efficiency in broilers. In addition to its role in protein synthesis, Arg is also a precursor of nitric oxide, creatine, and polyamines. It also modulates lipid metabolism by reducing total body fat accumulation to improve meat quality and antioxidant defence. Moreover, it is considered as an essential amino acid for chicks due to the absence of a functional urea cycle in birds at an early age. Arginine plays a crucial role in metabolic pathways associated with immune-competence and growth. Dietary supplementation of Arg at 12 to 15 g/kg of diet resulted in linear increase in body weight gain from 7.5 to 17% in broilers fed soybean meal-based diets. Arg acts as a key vasodilator that opposes the onset of pulmonary hypertension in broilers and is particularly beneficial under high altitude and hypoxia conditions. Dietary Arg supplementation reduces ascites-related mortality under low ambient temperatures and attenuates adverse effects of heat stress and high stock density. Moreover, in ovo feeding of Arg increased levels of secretory immunoglobulin A revealing its potential to modulate immune barrier function leading to enhanced overall immunity and intestinal health of birds. The NRC recommended levels of Arg are 1.25%, 1.10%, and 1.00% (of the broiler diet from 1-3, 4-6 and 7-8 weeks, respectively). However, other studies have reported 101, 103 and 107% of NRC recommendation of Arg for maximum feed efficiency, growth performance, and optimal immune function, from 1-3, 4-6 and 7-8 weeks, respectively, under thermoneutral conditions. This review provides insights into the optimal supplementation of Arg above NRC recommendations to improve growth performance, meat quality, and immunity of broilers.

Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and their role in poultry


The chicken is considered to be a major inexpensive protein producer of animal origin across the world. Enormous progress has been attained to improve production and reproduction by intense genetic selection, but it has resulted in indirect introduction of unwanted characteristics such as a strain on the birds’ skeletal system. Several genetic and non-genetic factors affect bone growth and integrity. Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) belong to the transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ) superfamily and comprise one of the multifunctional growth factors involved in organogenesis. Briefly, BMPs are known to play varied roles in embryogenesis, limb morphogenesis, cardiac myofibrillogenesis, odontogenesis, folliculogenesis, tissue-homeostasis, and left-right chick patterning. Yet, few BMPs have been detected and assessed in the chicken and were found to be located/placed differently on the chromosome like mammals. Chicken BMP4, BMPR1A, BMP7, BMP8A, BMP1-like and BMP10; BMP2 and BMP5; BMP3, BMP15 and BMPR1B; BMP6 and BMPR2 are located on chromosomes 5, 6, 20, 23, 22, 3, 2 and 7, respectively. BMP’s 1-like, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 and BMP’s specific receptors (BMPR1A, BMPR1B and BMPR2) are expressed in osteoblasts and chondrocytes implicating their important role in osteo-chondrogenesis in chickens. However, some of the BMPs such as BMP2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 15 were also, surprisingly, detected in ovaries (granulosa and theca cells) and BMP2, 4 and 7 and BMPR1A, BMPR1B and BMPR2 in retinal pigment epithelium indicating their function in ovarian follicles and eye development in chicks. A number of antagonists have been identified as having a role in the signalling cascade of the bone morphogenetic proteins pathway. This review discusses the BMPs so identified in chickens and their signalling and functioning for further use in improving skeletal strength and health of chickens.

A review on the productive potential of the Muscovy Duck


Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata) are one of the most exploited species in the duck farming industry due to their large size, meat quality, and considerable economic value for small farmers and large factories. This study reviews the available information on its productive potential and the factors likely to impact it. Although this species can achieve high meat yields, not all management systems seem to be capable of obtaining “optimal” growth, especially in developing countries. This situation occurs because the optimal weight of this duck is highly dependent on proper management conditions and its genetic background. Domestic production of male Muscovy ducks results in live weights ranging from 2.0 to 2.9 kg. When bred under improved conditions they can achieve a live weight ranging from 4.5 to 5.1 kg with an additional increase of up to 6.5 kg with a 2-week forced-feeding program. Other producers utilize crossbreeding with Peking ducks in order to produce sterile mule ducks that have lower sexual dimorphism, adequate meat yields, and even superior foie gras yields. There have also been several studies on the use of natural supplements in these species; however, only some probiotics have shown an impact on productivity. Another important aspect when procuring adequate yields is to ensure the proper health of the individuals. Although Muscovy ducks are generally more resistant to pathogens than chickens, they are not exempt from suffering infections. They can be affected by several parasites such as nematodes that reduce their productivity and can lead to death in severe outbreaks. Viral infections can also lead to high mortalities and substantial economic losses such as the highly pathogenic avian influenza (20-100 % mortality), parvoviruses (10-90 % mortality), reoviruses (10-53 % mortality), and herpes viruses (10-100 % mortality).

A review of the effects of niacin on broiler productivity


Vitamins are a significant component of poultry diets, and their absence in the diet results in disorders in growth and performance. Niacin is a form of vitamin B that acts as a catalyst in many of the body's vital processes and is essential for maintaining normal body function. This article reviews the effect of niacin and its accessible forms (nicotinic acid and nicotinamide) on growth, performance, blood parameters, carcass quality, the immune system, and microbial flora in broilers. Addition of niacin to the diet enhances the performance and health of broilers. A supplement of 1.5 to 33 mg/kg/DM nicotinic acid in broiler diets increased their final weight (620 g compared to 221g in unsupplemented chicks). Niacin and nicotinic acid were effective both in increasing carcass weight and decreasing abdominal fat, although in most cases the differences were not statistically significant. A supplement of 150 mg/kg nicotinic acid in combination with chromium chloride and copper sulphate effectively reduced the cholesterol in the breast and thigh muscle of broilers. The presence of nicotinic acid (6 to 33 mg/kg/DM) in broiler diets markedly reduced leg disorders (6.3% compared to12.8% in chickens not receiving nicotinic acid). In general, the addition of niacin and its derivatives in broiler diets helps maximise performance in broilers.

Essential oils as sanitisers for hatching eggs


Sanitising hatching eggs can reduce the negative effects of microorganisms on bird survival. Formaldehyde gas is commonly used for sanitising hatching eggs. However, handling of and exposure to formaldehyde threaten human and animal health, as this compound can have serious harmful effects. Thus, there is a growing body of research on safe natural compounds, such as essential oils (EOs), as alternatives to formaldehyde. Based on the research carried out to date, EOs may be applicable in the poultry industry since eggs sanitised with EOs were found to have significant reductions in the number of total aerobic mesophilic bacteria (up to 80.77%) and fungi (up to 69.33%) on shells, with hatchability rates significantly improved by up to 12.59%. Notably, to obtain positive results from the application of EOs on eggs, several factors must be considered, such as the time of application and the concentration of the sanitising compound. Further research on the use of EOs as sanitisers for hatching eggs is recommended, as reducing use of synthetic chemicals is essential because of their undesirable effects.

Importance of considering non-starch polysaccharide content of poultry diets


The contribution of dietary fibre in feed ingredients is still inadequately accounted for during feed formulation, despite extensive evidence of its impact on bird performance, litter quality and digestibility of other nutrients, and its high level in plant-derived feed ingredients. True dietary fibre is defined as the total quantity of non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) and lignin. In contrast to other nutrients, NSP vary substantially in composition, both among different feed ingredients and among batches of the same ingredient. Consequently, NSP display variable characteristics in final feeds. NSP have traditionally been recognised as anti-nutritive, through their impact on digesta viscosity and as a nutrient diluent in poultry rations. However, more recently, there is growing interest in their capacity to stimulate gastrointestinal function, improve gut health and act as a source of energy, partially via prebiotic properties. Recent developments in methods for measuring NSP have increased precision when estimating the dietary fibre component of feed ingredients and diets, yet there is still a lack of application of NSP values in both research and industry diets for poultry. Determining the fate of fibre post-ingestion is challenging, due to the complexity of its structural components and limited understanding about how fibre interacts with other dietary nutrients within the intestinal tract environment. The aim of this review is to highlight the importance of considering NSP values when formulating poultry rations, based on evidence from scientific studies presenting the direct impact dietary NSP has on gastrointestinal health and bird performance.

Importance of feed efficiency for sustainable intensification of chicken meat production: implications and role for amino acids, feed enzymes and organic trace minerals


Broiler chicken production is expected to increase significantly in the next decades to satisfy the poultry meat demand of a growing world population. In this scenario, one of the most important challenges for the poultry industry is to enhance bird productivity while remaining economically and environmentally sustainable. Feeding represents the major cost in raising of broiler chickens and has important implications for environmental impact, either directly or indirectly. Therefore, improving broiler capacity in converting ingested feed into body growth, which is generally referred to as feed conversion efficiency (often abbreviated to feed efficiency), is fundamental to promoting a sustainable intensification of poultry production. In this review, we highlight the importance of feed efficiency improvements in terms of overall sustainability for the broiler chicken production chain. Furthermore, the potential of feed additive-based nutritional strategies, such as the dietary administration of crystalline amino acids, proteases, phytases and organic minerals, is critically discussed in light of their role in supporting the sustainable intensification of this crucial livestock sector.

The importance of nutrition in preventing heat stress at poultry


High production causes birds to be more sensitive to stress. Poultry are exposed to heat stress due to high ambient temperature in summer and being housed in hot regions of the world. Producers suffer economic losses as heat stress negatively affects the optimum productivity of the birds. Some adjustments in the diet can be effective in counteracting the negative effects of heat stress in poultry. Enriching the diet with vitamins E and C, and trace minerals such as selenium and zinc which benefit antioxidant and immune systems; addition of electrolytes that maintain acid-base homeostasis; increasing dietary energy, protein, amino acid, and calcium levels to prevent nutrient deficiencies are all effective feeding arrangements in reducing/eliminating the negative effects of heat stress in poultry. Consequently, it was observed that nutrient supplementation to diets of poultry exposed to heat stress can reduce the effect of heat stress and increase bird performance, meat quality, egg production, eggshell quality, and positively affects the immune and digestive systems.

How can the research on chicken cognition improve chicken welfare: A perspective review


A recent definition of animal welfare states that "the welfare of an animal is its positive mental and physical state related to the fulfilment of its physiological and behavioural needs in addition to its expectations. This state can vary, depending on the animal's perception of a given situation" (ANSES 2018). This definition confirms the importance of taking the individual animal perspective (i.e., its cognition) into consideration, in order to properly assess its welfare. Cognitive abilities of domestic chickens have been extensively studied in recent years, but few of these studies focused on the relationship between chicken cognition and welfare issues commonly found on chicken production systems. Considering the chickens' cognitive abilities offers new and different perspectives on the welfare problems faced by chicken production. Combined with applied research, cognitive studies can generate impactful and science-based strategies to solve these problems better. In this short non-systematic review, we focus on cognitive research aimed at understanding three widespread welfare issues in poultry production: uneven range use in free-range broiler chickens and laying hens, feather pecking in laying hens, and the unfulfilled behavioural and physiological needs in broiler breeders. Knowledge of chicken cognitive abilities is critical to ameliorate chickens' rearing conditions and develop systems and practices that are more respectful of animal welfare.


Branch News


CONGRATULATIONS! - Dr Robert (Bob) Pym inducted into the WPSA International Poultry Hall of Fame

Dr Robert (Bob) Pym was recently inducted into the WPSA International Poultry Hall of Fame. These inductions were scheduled for WPC2020. However, with the deferral of WPC to 2021 and then 2022, it was decided to announce the awards during the webinar which was held on August 10. The awardees will be presented with their awards, in person, at WPC2022.

Bob is well known to many, if not most, WPSA members. He was the organizer of WPC2008 which was held in Brisbane, Australia and then the International President from 2008-2012, followed by Immediate Past President from 2012-2016.

Bob has had a highly distinguished career in the New South Wales Department of Agriculture and at the University of Queensland where he conducted research focussed on genetic and physiological aspects of feed utilisation efficiency and body composition of meat chickens. In the late 1970s, Bob developed an interest in small-scale family poultry farming in developing countries and over the years since then has been involved in courses and development projects in a number of countries including Indonesia, South Africa, The Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar and Lao PDR, leading to a sabbatical with FAO in Rome in 2005. Bob was President of the Australian Branch of WPSA from 1993 to 2009 and received the Australian Poultry Award in 1995. He was periodically Editor of the annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium since 1998 and has been on the International Editorial Board of the World’s Poultry Science Journal since 1990.

In addition to his many achievements, Bob has been a supportive colleague to researchers and industry personnel, always putting the interests of others ahead of his own. He is widely acknowledged as being a ‘good bloke’ who can always be relied upon.

On behalf of all the members of the WPSA Australia Branch, I congratulate Bob on being inducted into the WPSA International Poultry Hall of Fame. It is an acknowledgement of his numerous contributions to the poultry industry within Australia and around the world.

Julie Roberts, President, WPSA Australia Branch


The 38th FACTA WPSA-Brazil Conference 2021 confirms its success with great attendance

The FACTA WSPA-Brazil 2021 Conference was a historic moment for Brazilian aviculture, gathering more than 190 attendants day. From June 22nd through the 24th, national and international lecturers made presentations to attendees from 15 countries, relaying highly technical information of great relevance to the poultry sector. The event's 38th edition offered live translation into Portuguese and Spanish; and, although the presentations were made remotely, attendants had the opportunity of interacting by sending questions to moderators, which were then posed to the lecturers during the debates.
FACTA's president, Ariel Mendes, stated that the Conference demanded great efforts by the Foundation's board to overcome a number of hurdles. Based on this year's theme, technology in the field and outside of it, the Conference sought to meet the demands of our current time and it was a great success. This is well demonstrated through more than 340 registrations from several countries and the extension of our collaboration network to encompass aviculture in Latin America.
FACTA's event director, Rodrigo Garófallo Garcia, added that the event's success, and the maintenance of its high attendance through all three days, was due to ‘a confluence of excellent ideas from all of FACTA's team, assertive action, and highly committed lecturers, motivated to make the event be the great accomplishment that it was’. 

FACTA organizes International Coccidiosis Symposium: The APINCO Foundation for Poultry Science and Technology (FACTA) will promote and produce an International Coccidiosis Symposium (ICS) on October 07, 2021, from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm, completely online.

Even though it is widely known that coccidiosis is not an easy disease to control, primarily because of possible failures in the anti-coccidian programmes adopted. A complete control and prevention programme that makes use of different strategies is indicated. In this context, the ICS will bring forward a possible instrument for aviculture to develop new strategies, and therefore to maintain and improve the level of control that has been reached after years of scientific and technological development. With this objective, FACTA has put together a wide-ranging technical and scientific programme that addresses the coccidial control needs of producers from Brazil and other poultry meat producing countries.

Throughout the ICS, specialists from the poultry sector will debate various aspects involved in the poultry production chain regarding coccidiosis. Other important themes for updating veterinarians and other professionals about the importance of coccidiosis will also be addressed, as well as biosecurity measures and production prevention practices.

FACTA completes 32 years: The APINCO Foundation for Poultry Science and Technology (FACTA) completed 32 years of work on August 10th of this year. The foundation was created to support and share new applied knowledge and technologies for the sustainable development of the poultry sector, and it continues to be a non-profit organization that is faithful to the objectives of its creator and idealizer, APINCO (Brazilian Association of Broiler Day-Old Chick Producers).

FACTA fulfils its objectives by organizing technical qualification events, training technical and operational workers with specific courses, sharing poultry knowledge through specialized publications; and, by stimulating technical, scientific, and technological progress of the poultry sector by presenting awards.

FACTA Podcast: In its effort to share technical and scientific knowledge among the poultry sector, FACTA WSPA-Brazil has been producing a series of podcasts regarding relevant themes for Brazilian aviculture. This year, between April and May, seven podcasts were recorded.

In 2020, FACTA WSPA-Brazil recorded 19 podcasts that covered various themes, such as Covid-19 prevention in poultry processing plants. The topics covered included biosecurity, immunomodulation benefits, NIR technology, and Gumboro Disease prevention, among others. The content of these podcasts is now available and can be accessed through FACTA's online platforms.

Carla Rizzo Palermo, Event & Communication, FACTA – WPSA Brazilian Branch


The French branch of WPSA was proud and happy to celebrate the centenary of the World’s Poultry Congress. This was done during a special online event held on Tuesday 10 August 2021. The recording can be viewed on the WPC website

The priorities of the French Branch for the coming months are:

  • to run a series of online webinars to valorise the abstracts submitted to the 26th WPC in 2019 and accepted in 2020 and publish these in an abstract book.
  • to organise the face-to-face WPC meeting in Paris, 7-12 August 2022

The Branch is grateful to all those who helped and continue helping in the organisation of these events and especially to the early sponsors for their continuous support despite the two successive postponements of the 26th WPC.

The Branch will make every effort to welcome the largest possible number of delegates at the ‘Palais des Congrès de Paris’.

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


The German Branch of WPSA is very proud to congratulate Prof. Dr H.M. Hafez on his appointment as a new member of the International Poultry Hall of Fame. The German Branch nominated Prof. Hafez because he has contributed significantly to the world-wide poultry industry - above and beyond the call of duty. He has contributed greatly to our knowledge and understanding of poultry diseases, as well as to the overall field of poultry science, with over 140 publications in peer reviewed international journals, and countless lectures and presentations at national and international conferences. He has also been widely engaged with WPSA’s German branch, but also internationally through his chairmanship of the European Federation’s Working Group 10 (Turkeys) of WPSA. He is recognized as an international poultry disease specialist with outstanding professional performance in his field.

Congratulations, Prof. Hafez!

The XII European Symposium on Poultry Genetics is being planned for Hannover, during 2022. Information will follow.

Inga Tiemann, Secretary, Germany Branch


The Hungarian Branch in cooperation with the Poultry Product Board of Hungary is currently organizing the 19th ’World Egg Day’ conference. The date for that conference will be 8th October 2021 and it will be held in Budapest. We have a arranged a general lecture with a speaker from Rabobank, and five other speakers from different fields such as animal health, feeding, diseases, and egg processing.

Györgyi Molnár, Secretary, Hungarian Branch

 For further information concerning the venue, registration, etc., please contact:

Györgyi Molnár PhD.
+3630 561 7103
Agricultural Secretary
Poultry Product Board


Indonesian Branch of WPSA will host a National Poultry Webinar related to the theme ‘Overcoming turmoil in the Poultry Industry’ on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 8:00-17:00
The theme was developed in an effort to provide information to the public regarding the current situation for poultry businesses in Indonesia. MIPI hopes this seminar will produce a way to resolve some of the problems facing the Indonesian poultry industry. The opening will be provided by the Chairman of the Indonesia branch of WPSA, Prof. Dr Arnold P. Sinurat, M.S. He will be followed by a Keynote presentation by the Director General of Indonesia’s Livestock Services, Dr Nasrullah, M.Sc. Four other presentations during the first session, will be made by: Ir Achmad Dawami, the General Chairman of the Poultry Breeding Company Association (GPPU); Mr Desianto B. Utomo Ph.D., the General Chairman of the Association of Animal Feed Companies (GPMT); and, Singgih Januratmoko, SKH, MM, the General Chairman of the Centre for Poultry Market Information (Pinsar Indonesia). The second session will include presentations by a number of speakers that will cover topics related to different aspects of Poultry Breeding, Poultry Feed and Feed Ingredients, Poultry Management, Poultry Health and Poultry Welfare, Socio-Economics, and others.

A collaboration between the MIPI Banten, West Java, and Jakarta regional commissions with the IPB University was conducted via The 5th International Summer Course 2021
This course was held virtually on 12-23 July 2021 ( The theme of the course was ‘New Normal Challenges and Opportunities: Global Interconnectivity for Animal Production’. In this regard, WPSA provided a prominent speaker in Dr Vincent Guyyonat (Managing Director at FFI Consulting, Canada) who spoke on ‘Trends for the Poultry Industry: What can The Chicken and Egg Sectors Expect from The Post-COVID19 World?’ For the summer course (which can be seen at: ), he was named as the 2nd winner of ‘The Most Favourite Lecturer Award’ by the participants. The Summer Course was attended by 292 participants from Indonesia (33 universities) and 95 participants from 20 other universities distributed throughout 14 countries, including: Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Japan, Pakistan, Nepal, Australia, Turkey, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Bolivia.

The MIPI Banten, West Java and Jakarta regional commissions of Indonesia also held an internal webinar gathering event on Saturday, 7 August 2021 from 10:00-12:00
The purpose of that event was to allow the 22 members of the internal regional commissions to get to know each other. Those 22 members also discussed the regional programme plans for 2021.

Maria Endo Mahata, Secretary of Indonesia Branch


2020 fier avicola

The Italian Branch has supported the organization of the meeting ‘Sustainable development perspectives of poultry production’ which will be held at the Rimini Expo Centre on 7 September in conjunction with the 2021 edition of FIERAVICOLA. General information on the International Poultry Exhibition is available on the website:

The Italian Branch is also working on the organization of the 23rd edition of the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) that will be held at the Palacongressi of Rimini (Italy) from 21 to 24 June, 2023. The city of Rimini, is an ideal place for the Poultry Nutrition Symposium, and its modern as well as eco-friendly Venue is the perfect stage for this event. Many attendees including both poultry research scientists and practitioners, plus leading speakers from around the world will be joining together to explore the past, share the present, and to help forge the future of poultry meat science. More details are already available at the Symposia website:


At the same Rimini venue, the 56th edition of the Annual Meeting of the Italian Branch of WPSA will be held on April 22, 2022, and it will deal with ‘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.

Finally, the Italian Branch wishes to convey warmest congratulations to Prof. Achille Franchini on his being named as one of the new members of WPSA’s International Poultry Hall of Fame. Dr Franchini has provided excellent leadership for many years for both the Italian Branch and for the European Federation of WPSA, as well as worldwide. We thank him for his expertise, hard work, and many contributions to Poultry Science. This is a very well-deserved recognition.

Massimiliano Petracci, Secretary, Italian Branch of WPSA


The 2021 Autumn Meeting of JPSA will be held online style (zoom meeting) hosted by Tohoku University on Thursday, September 16 from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Japan standard time. The meeting contains 26 original research presentations and a general membership meeting. In addition, an awards ceremony for the Excellent Paper Awards for papers presented in 2020 will be held. All activities will be on a live stream. The meetings programme is now available on-line at: The deadline for registration is September 14. More details are available on JPSA will welcomes wide participation from all over the globe.

The Young Members' Executive Committee of JPSA will hold an online seminar entitled: ‘What Kind of Research is now Required at the Poultry Farming Site? – in Japan and Other Countries’ from 0:10 pm - 1:10 pm, on September 16. This is also the lunch hour for the Autumn Meeting. Knowing the needs of poultry production sites is indispensable for getting effective returns on research results, but researchers have less opportunities to know the current state of production sites. In this seminar, Mr Hayakawa, Asia-Pacific Regional Manager of DSM Nutritional Products, will provide a lecture on ‘The Knowledge Needed Now at Poultry Production Sites in Japan and Overseas’.

The Journal of Poultry Science (JPS), the official scientific journal of JPSA, obtained the Impact Factor of 1.425 from the Clarivate Analytics on June 30, 2021. JPSA would like to express a deep gratitude to all who made support and cooperation. The JPS is also a member of PubMed Central (PMC), and the articles of the journal can now be accessed through the PubMed search engine ( Moreover, JPS is available on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) database (
We welcome the submission original research articles and review papers to the JPS using the following website: Free access to download the full-published articles in JPS is available on J-Stage (, which provides an excellent opportunity for all to access the full published articles.

JPSA would like to contribute to Poultry Science in Japan and over the entire 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 welcomes new members from all over the world. Please visit the JPSA website ( for further information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has still made a tough situation in the world, but JPSA hopes things will get better soon. Please take good care of yourself!

Naoki Goto, Secretary of WPSA Japan Branch

New Zealand

The New Zealand branch of WPSA will be holding its 2021 NEW ZEALAND POULTRY INDUSTRY CONFERENCE in Nelson, New Zealand on the 5th and 6th of October 2021. For details contact Reza Abdollahi at:

Reza Abdollahi, Secretary, New Zealand branch


A meeting of the Central Executive Board of the WPSA-Pakistan branch was chaired by the President, Mian J.M. Javaid on 3rd July 2021 at Rawalpindi-Pakistan. The members of the Board decided that WPSA-Pakistan will offer fifteen scholarships to students from different Universities in Pakistan. For timely and prompt decisions, a core committee was constituted with following members;

Mr J.M. Javaid President, WPSA-Pakistan
Mr Waqar Alam President, WPSA-PB, Southern Zone
Dr Asim Mehmood President, WPSA-PB, Northern Zone
Dr Fareeha Talha President, WPSA-PB, Women Wing
Dr Nasir Mukhtar Secretary General, WPSA-Pakistan.

In addition, a meeting calendar was also announced to allow for smoother functioning of WPSA branch’s activities. The venue and dates of the next General Body Meeting and he Central Executive Board meetings will be as follows: The 1st Central Executive Board Meeting will be held at 11:00 am in Khanewal on Saturday the 27th Nov. 2021; the 2nd General Body Meeting will be held in Islamabad at 3:00 pm on Saturday the 26th of March 2022; and, the 3rd Central Executive Board Meeting will be held in Karachi at 11:00 am on Saturday 28th May 2022. Mian J.M. Javaid (President) and Dr Nasir Mukhtar (Secretary General) paid thanks to the participants with his concluding remarks.

Dr Nasir Mukhtar, Secretary, Pakistan Branch


The Senegal branch of WPSA is in the process of organizing a meeting for the branch that will be called: Poultry Senegal 2022. Hopefully, that meeting will take hopefully take place during May, 2022 in partnership with the Senegal Ministry of Agriculture. More details will be provided in the coming months. For more information and/or input related to the planning of the meeting, see contact information below.

Prof. Ayao Missohou, Secretary Senegal branch
Ecole Inter-Etats des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaires (EISMV), Dakar, Sénégal
Phone: 00221338651008, 00221338651022, 00221775751140

South Africa

The SA branch is pleased to congratulate Prof Rob Gous on the prestigious honour of his being inducted into the International Poultry Hall of Fame. Due to a delay in the Paris WPC, this occurred on August 10, 2021 during a virtual WPC Webinar which recognized his contributions, and that of four other members, to the world-wide poultry industry. This is a great achievement and Prof Gous’ significant contributions are applauded.

The local organizing committee for the SA branch will be holding a virtual event for 2021 on the 24th and 25th November. Our programme will follow shortly, but we have some international speakers lined up as well as local students who will be presenting their work on an online platform which will be accessible to many.

Nicola Tyler, Secretary, South Africa Branch

Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Branch is organizing a series of webinars as Zoom sessions, because of the health restrictions prevailing in our country due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme of the series is: ‘Strategic Approaches to Overcome Emerging Challenges for the Sri Lankan Poultry Industry’. The series is being conducted in the local language (Sinhala), because the information being provided is of benefit to the majority of our participants who are local stakeholders of the poultry industry.

The first session of the series was held on 10 June 2021 on the topic ‘What is Covid-19 Bubble Concept, and How It Can Be Applied to the Poultry Industry’. The resource person for that session was Dr Dilan Satharasinghe, Senior Lecturer on the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

The second session of the series is being held on 27th August on the topic: ‘Current Raw Material Shortage for Poultry Feed and Alternatives Available with Special Reference to Wheat.’ The resource persons for the second session are two poultry nutritionists: Dr Susil Silva (BV Sc, PhD Poultry Nutrition), the Director General of the Department of Animal Production & Health; and, Dr Nimal Priyankarage (BV Sc, PhD in Poultry Nutrition, MPAM), the Registrar of Animal Feeds, in the Department of Animal Production & Health.

The third webinar will be scheduled for September, and will cover the topic ‘Value Addition and Extra Income from Poultry Manure’.

These sessions and the proceedings of the scientific sessions held on 7th May 2021 can be viewed on the Sri Lanka branch’s Facebook page, and on the following U-tube channel

Dr Mrs A.L. Godwin, Secretary WPSA-SL



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Dr Rosita Dara with the engraved
vase that was given to her by the
USA and Canadian branches for
providing the WPSA Lecture at the
July 2021 online Poiultry Science Meeting

WPSA’s USA and Canadian Branches sponsored the annual WPSA Lecture during the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting of the Poultry Science Association. The speaker was Dr Rozita Dara from the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The title of the lecture was ‘Utilizing Big Data in Poultry Smart Farming: Opportunities and Challenges’. Her lecture discussed the impact of emerging digital technologies in poultry farming and opportunities they provide in terms of enhancing production and farm management. She also reviewed technology and operational requirements that enhance adoption and trust in farm technologies and addressed challenges such as interoperability, data security, and sustainability. Dr Dara’s WPSA Lecture addressed a very timely topic and served as an excellent and impactful keynote address for the PSA Annual Meeting.

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

World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH)

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WVEPAH is a branch of the ‘European Association for Veterinary Specialization’ (EAVS), a non-profit organization registered in Luxembourg since 1989. In 1992 EAVS created the ‘European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies’ (ESAVS, which offers high quality continuing education and is officially affiliated with the University of Luxembourg. WVEPAH has a similar structure as the ESAVS and is also affiliated with and supported by the OIE and includes OIE standards and regulations in its training programmes.

WVEPAH programmes consist of a series of courses in a particular field of poultry health and production. A typical study programme is composed of two online courses:

  • Module I: «Key Disciplines in Poultry Health / Regulation Module OIE (WOAH)»


  • Specialized Module II: «Broilers, Egg Layers, Turkey or Waterfowl health and production»

Courses include pre-recorded courses and LIVE meetings. Each course is taught by course masters who are internationally recognized specialists in their field and have excellent didactic skills.

The courses are designed for those professionals in the poultry industry who wish to broaden their knowledge in the area of poultry health and production with strong emphasis on health management. Intensive training is provided at an advanced level with major emphasis on a case oriented and problem-solving approach.

Participants of WVEPAH programmes acquire new skills and knowledge which they can immediately apply in their daily field activities.

Participants also have the possibility to pursue a Certificate in Animal Health: Poultry Production diploma, after completion of the two modules, including a section on regulation taught by the OIE, and the submission of the analysis of 25 clinical cases. This diploma is delivered by the University of Luxembourg and the regulatory aspects are validated by the OIE.

List of courses, dates, registration conditions see:

WPSA Calendar

For all WPSA meetings see the WPSA Calendar

Date: 30 November 2023

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

For information about the Speakers' Bureau Programme click here.


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$4,000.

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


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