On the 24th of November 2018, the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA Branch Austria) held its first session titled ‘Reduction of antibiotics in laying hens - challenges and perspectives’ at the BOKU University in Vienna, Austria. To the delight of the organisers, the event was fully booked.
More than 80 participants had interdisciplinary discussions about the many factors that lead to the use of antibiotics in laying hens. The speakers highlighted various perspectives, including aspects of health status, prophylaxis, feeding and stable climate were discussed intensively by participants from the poultry industry, feed industry, research and the role of veterinarians and practitioners.
Univ. Prof. Dr. Martin Gierus, Chairman of the WPSA Branch Austria, was pleased with this successful conference, which was attended by guests from Switzerland, Germany and Austria: "The great response to this event reinforces our resolve to continue with activities and follow our goals as part of the WPSA, which has sadly been inactive in Austria for a long time. The joint exchange within the entire poultry industry was intensively pursued”.