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Date: 05 June 2023

Date: 05 June 2023

WPSA is present at

  • 14-15 March 2023, 12th International Poultry Show and Seminar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 16-18 May 2023, Pan African Conference, Lomé, Togo
  • 7-9 September 2023, EggMeat Symposia, Krakow, Poland


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On September 25, 2022 at the age of 92 Irina L. Galpern passed away. She was one of the oldest members of the Russian branch of WPSA.

After graduating from Leningrad University in 1953, Irina Galpern came to the Research Institute of Farm Animal Genetics and Breeding (VNIIRGZH), where she worked her entire career from graduate student to Head of the Department of Genetics, Breeding and Conservation of Genetic Resources of Poultry.

Irina Galpern was a talented research scientist engaged in the search for new biological and genetic methods and their active application in the practical breeding of poultry. She has developed fundamentally new methods for increasing the genetic potential of the productivity of economically useful traits of eggs and meat chickens in conditions of various intensive maintenance technologies.

In 1984 I.L. Galpern was awarded the Prize of the Council of Ministers of the USSR for the development and implementation of methods for creating domestic layer and broiler crosses, a system for organizing the production of hybrid poultry in the country. Since 1975, a series of studies have been conducted by I.L. Galpern personally and under her methodical guidance, on the theoretical foundations of the long-term preservation of the gene pool of numerous rare and industrial chicken strains and the rational use of this gene pool for creating new crosses. For this work in 1995, she was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology.

The list of scientific works and inventions of I.L. Galpern has more than 250 printed papers, she is the author of 64 copyright certificates and patents for inventions, 57 of them for breeding achievements. According to the genetic programmes developed by her, lines were created numerous domestic layer and broiler crosses and strains.

Professor I.L. Galpern devoted a lot of effort and attention to the training of scientific personnel. Under her leadership 5 doctoral and 39 PhD dissertations were successfully defended.

I.L. Galpern was one of the oldest and active members of the Soviet and Russian branches of WPSA, took part in the World Congresses of WPSA – 1966 in Kiev, 1974 in New Orleans (USA) and in 1978 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She was well known and highly appreciated by scientists and poultry specialists of many foreign countries.

Irina L. Galpern was distinguished by high personal properties - hard work, perseverance in achieving the set goal, integrity and at the same time a sensitive attitude to colleagues, responsiveness and constant willingness to help.

Colleagues and students will keep a bright memory of Professor Irina L. Galpern.

Optimising Poultry Flock Health

2022 FAO Farmer field school

Year of publication: 2022
414 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781786768872
Editor: Dr Sjaak de Wit

Diseases remain a significant burden to poultry production and its future, with outbreaks of disease resulting in catastrophic financial losses to the sector. Whilst it is widely recognised that vaccines have a major role in inducing protection, they can only be considered as part of the solution to this rapidly growing problem.

Optimising poultry flock health instead reviews ways of optimising preventative measures to reduce the risk of disease in flocks. The book reviews the wealth of recent research on the mechanisms of transmission for infectious diseases and how this understanding can be used to improve poultry flock health.

By showing how poultry flock health can be optimised at different stages of production, the book showcases the extent of preventative measures available to farmers and producers, as well as how these measures can be implemented effectively to protect their flocks against disease.

The IPWA Key Welfare Indicators Reference Guide has reached its final stage and is now open for public comment. Please see the link to review the documents and find instructions for submitting comments here:

IPWA members including veterinarians, technical advisors, growers, breeders, retail/foodservice companies, associations, training organizations, and academics have spent thousands of hours over the past two years compiling these reference guides for broilers, turkeys, and layers to measure outcomes-based key welfare indicators.
The guide is a comprehensive, independent resource created to educate on how, why, and when to measure KWIs and use the data to improve welfare. This work will lead to better welfare outcomes for the birds in our care, help to increase trust and transparency, and offer a method to collect data to help defend against misinformation.

IPWA plans to release the final copies of the guide after reviewing and considering public comments. We will devote a portion of the program at the 2022 Poultry Sustainability & Welfare Summit to help increase understanding of the guide, but also to collect feedback on the types of training and materials which will help companies implement key welfare indicators going forward.

Farmer field schools for family poultry producers

2022 FAO Farmer field school

Year of publication: 2022
Place of publication: Rome, Italy
Pages: #220 p.
ISBN: 978-92-5-136286-0
Author: FAO, IFAD
Publisher: FAO

A growing number of poultry farmer field schools (FFS) are being implemented in developing countries by a wide range of actors. Experience over the past two decades has shown that good-quality facilitation and learning activities are key to the success and long-term sustainability of poultry FFS.

This manual provides practical information and activities that help facilitators establish and implement good-quality FFS. It focuses on working with women and men poultry producers to sustainably enhance production, productivity and marketing in any family poultry production system, ranging from extensive to small-scale intensified, in line with producers’ aspirations and local conditions. The first module of the manual covers poultry FFS establishment and learning activities, and the second provides “need-to-know” information on poultry production and health and FFS facilitation.


Download here

Cite this content as:
FAO and IFAD. 2022. Farmer field schools for family poultry producers – A practical manual for facilitators. Rome.


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