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June 2022 Newsletter

Volume 58, June2022  Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein,  

 

wpc2022 postponed

 

 

Executive Committee

Secretary's Report

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World’s Poultry Congress 2020 Paris, France

The World’s Poultry Congress, 7-11 August 2022 in Paris, France, is WPSA’s most important meeting. Having been postponed for two years, the organization of the event is now well on track. Important dates include: 7 August, with the opening session that will include a celebration ceremony for the inductees into the International Poultry Hall of Fame, plus the announcement of the winners of WPSA’s Paul Siegel and Education Awards, and the winners of the Cliff Carpenter International essay competition. The 9th of August will include the Council Meeting for the membership, with its election of new WPSA Board officers and directors for the years 2022-2026 (who will conduct and oversee the operation of WPSA during those years), and the selection of the country and venue for the next World’s Poultry Congress that will be held in 2026. It is hoped that current hostilities and travel restrictions, will not prevent your participation in WPC 2022.

For more info on the World’s Poultry Congress please consult www.wpc2022.org.

The world is re-opening slowly for meetings and exhibitions. The Mediterranean Poultry Summit, 8-10 June in Cordoba, Spain, is the first meeting in June, 2022, followed by an International Symposium in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Next week, one of the largest in-person exhibitions, VIV Europe in Utrecht, The Netherlands, will stake place. WPSA will be present, and we also plan to be present at Victam Asia; at the Animal Nutrition and Health meeting in Bangkok, Thailand; as well as at the Poultry Africa meeting that will be held in Kigali, Rwanda. Please check wpsa.com for more details related to these meetings.

Additional news can be found on the WPSA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wpsa.world/) and website. A special section of that page is now reserved for webinars from associations, and for use by our supporting sponsors and advertisers. Information on new activities that you would like to have included can be sent to .

Dr Roel Mulder, General Secretary

Treasurer's Report

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I have a quick, but important reminder for all who plan to apply for WPSA Travel Grants. If you wish to have a competitive and accepted application, you must follow the very clear guidelines on the WPSA website. We transact all business in US dollars. When you are finding your low cost, economy air fare, click the Currency Button to ‘US$’, or if you are using a travel agent, instruct him/her that the quote must be in US$. You cannot get a quote in a foreign currency and then list your request in US$, without showing a conversion. The easiest method is to let the airline website and/or travel agent do the work for you.

If you do not have personal funds to cover a trip to a WPSA event, be FRUGAL in how you plan your trip expenses. Do not book a room at the most expensive host hotel! Do not ask for funds for daily lunch when it is already included in your registration fee.

Major professors and Branch secretaries: please carefully review all of the applications coming from your students and/or other Branch members. If the application has not followed the guidelines, it will not be accepted.

WPSA is dedicated to assisting members (especially students) attend WPSA conferences and congresses. However, it is very disheartening to us when poorly completed applications are submitted, and then have to be rejected.

 I look forward to seeing you in Paris. I will be especially pleased to congratulate in person our successful Travel Grant recipients.

Dr Francine Bradley, Treasurer

26th World's Poultry Congress

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

The French Branch of WPSA completes the preparations for the face to face 26thWPC in Paris, 7-11 August 2022. The programme starts on Sunday 7 August, afternoon, with an opening conference by Adisseo on “Water: Key for sustainable nutrition”. It will then feature a combination of plenary sessions and parallel sessions until Thursday 11 August. The up to date list of invited speakers and detailed programme are available online at https://wpcparis2022.com/

In addition, the WPC2022 will set up a live channel for a subset of sessions and make all sessions available in replay, to make sure that everybody will make the most of the programme. It will also give an opportunity, for those who would be impeached to join in Paris, to benefit from the scientific programme.

Among the 630 abstracts accepted following the second and third calls, 189 have been selected for oral communication in 52 sessions and 441 for eposter presentation. The abstracts submitted to the first call and accepted in 2020 together with the webinars’ replays are already available to registered participants on https://viewr.wpcparis2022.com/

Registrations at late fee apply now https://wpcparis2022.com/registration/, giving access to the replays of all webinars and to the face-to-face event in Paris 2022.

The Paris Congress Centre is fully equipped to warrant the safety of all participants so that the organising committee looks forward to receiving a large number of participants on site.

Michael Duclos, Chairman of the Scientific Committee 26th WPC
Michèle Tixier Boichard, Chair of 26th WPC
Christophe Bostvironnois, President French Branch

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 www.wpsa.com
News from several European Federation Working Groups are provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News

WG2

Nutrition

espnThe next ESPN will take place from 21 to 24 June, 2023 in Rimini, Italy. The Italian 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.

WG3

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.

WG4

Eggs and Egg Quality

Along with the organizers of WPC2022, the WG4 Committee organized a webinar on ‘Egg Quality to Value’ based on the accepted abstracts for the WPC that had been submitted in 2019. This was done in an attempt to get in touch with those scientists who were waiting for the Covid delayed World Congress.

The webinar was held on November 9th, 2021, and it included a very interesting programme that covered genetic, analytical, freshness, and quality aspects of eggs. The detailed programme for the webinar can be viewed at: https://wpcparis2022.com/webinar-egg-quality/.

For those of you who are registered for the 26th WPC in Paris in 2022, but who missed the live webinar, replay is available at the following link: https:/wpcparis2022.com/webinars/.

Enjoy the presentations!

Christina Alamprese & Joel Gautron, Chairs of WG4

WG5

Poultry Meat Quality

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The next ‘XXV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat‘ will be conjointly held with the ‘XIX European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products’. Eggmeat Symposium will be organized by Polish Branch (Dr.Paweł Konieczka - Chairman of the Scientific Committee) and it will be held between September 7 to 9, 2023 in Kraków. Such events provide a unique opportunity for scientific community, practice sector, and for all associated with the poultry sector to exchange recent advances, hot topics and upcoming challenges in the fields of the quality aspects of poultry meat, eggs and their products. Location of the Symposium in Kraków, which is one of the most recognized cities of Poland shall provide excellent opportunities not only for gathering and exchange knowledge but also for behind-the-scenes conversations in the magic places of the City. Special reduced registration fees are available for WPSA members and students.

Next WG5 member meeting will be held during World's Poultry Congress 2022 in Paris where a couple of specialized sessions will be specifically dedicated to poultry meat quality topics such as ‘Meat Construction of meat quality’ and ‘Meat processing’.

Massimiliano Petracci, Secretary Italian Branch of WPSA

WG6

Reproduction

The IFRG working group for incubation and fertility of the World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA working group 6) is organizing the IFRG 2022 meeting from October 13-14, 2022 in Leiden, The Netherlands.
Abstract submission is now open.

For more information visit the website.

WG9

Poultry Welfare and Management

The Poultry and Welfare Management WG9 will have its annual Meeting in Iceland, on June 14-15, 2022

The future ‘XI European Symposium on Poultry Welfare’ will take place in Prague from June 26th to 29th 2023. It will be the occasion to present recent outcomes about poultry welfare. Indeed, due to Covid-19, since the last symposium in France in 2017, no symposium was organized. Save these dates and plan to attend!

Please contact Michel directly for the venues and times of these two meetings.

Michael Virginie, Chair, WG9


Asia Pacific Federation

WPSA Asian-Pacific Working Group News

A/P WG3

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)

  • O.M. Oso - Evalutation of light emitting diode characteristics on growth performance of different poultry species: a review
  • O.M. Oso  - Influence of LED bulb on reproductive and production performance of different poultry species: a review
  • R. Hamilton - An examination of the reliability of published prediction equations for the characteristics of eggs and strength of their shells and, also other quaistions and concerns
  • P. Davoodi - A meta-analysis comparing the composition and quality differences between chicken meats producted under the free-range and conventional systems
  • K. Kljak - Overview on recent findings of nutritional and non-nutritional factors affecting egg yolk pigmentation
  • R. Portillo-Salgado - Guajolote - A poiultry genetic resource native to Mexico
  • T. Bhattacharya - Signature of Indian native chicken breeds: a perspective
  • S. Elnesr - Impact of chitosan on productive and physiological performance and gut health of poultry
  • M. Arain - The role of early feeding in improving performance and health of poultry: herbs and their derivatives
  • N. Taufek - Current status of dietary Moringa oleifera and its application in poultry nutrition
  • M. Alagawany - Nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics in poultry nutrition: an updated review

Summaries

 

Evaluation of light emitting diode characteristics on growth performance of different poultry species: A review

O.M. OSO, K. METOWOGO, O.E. OKE and K. TONA

Agriculture and climate are highly interdependent. Light-emitting diode (LED) is a climate-2 friendly bulb that has been considered as a promising replacement for conventional lighting in 3 poultry production due to its efficient energy utilisation. Poultry responds to different light 4 characteristics such as source, intensity and wavelength. The review on the effect of LED bulb on 5 different species of poultry birds revealed that there is a knowledge gap on the effects of LED 6 bulbs characteristics on turkeys. Also, there is a dearth of information on the impact of LED on 7 ducks, geese and quails. However, studies on broiler production showed that the effect of LED 8 light on birds can be influenced by wavelength, correlated colour temperature (CCT), age, sex and 9 season of the year. LED bulbs can safely be used as a replacement for conventional lights since no 10 advert effect of LED light has been highlighted in the literature. It has generally been observed 11 that monochromatic green and blue light colour accelerate growth performance in broiler birds. 12 Green and blue colour mixing/switch at certain stages of production further boost the growth 13 performance compared to single colour lighting. The effect of light spectrum in poultry has not 14 been fully explored. Future researches can bridge the knowledge gap on the effect of ultraviolet 15 light spectrum on different poultry species and the use of poultry-specific LED adapted for avian 16 spectral sensitivity can be further researched.

Influence of LED bulb on reproductive and production performance of different poultry species: A review

O.M OSO, K. METOWOGO, O.E OKE and K. TONA

Light is the most critical factor in the poultry environment due to avian spectral sensitivity which greatly differs from that of humans. The review on the reproductive and production responses of poultry birds to LED reveals a paucity of information on ducks, geese and quails. Limited studies exist on the effect of LED on guinea fowl, turkeys and breeder birds. Reproduction in poultry birds appears to be more influenced by wavelength rather than other LED characteristics. Poultry birds are critically sensitive to wavelength. Red LED improves sperm quality in roosters and egg production in laying hens and quails without a significant impact on egg qualities while blue LED also appears to favour production in ducks. Studies are needed on how best shorter wavelength (ultraviolet light) can be maximized in poultry. Further research should focus more on making the scientific information available on the impact of LED on guinea fowl, turkeys and breeder birds.

A comparison of the various equations published for the estimation of characteristics of hen’s eggs, the importance of reporting the compression rate for shell strength measurements, and the distinction between specific gravity and density in relation to eggs

R.M.G. HAMILTON

Prediction equations allow the estimation of dependent variable from the value obtained from the measurements of an independent variable. Comparisons of estimates obtained for of 85 equations that were published for the prediction of shell strength parameters were made. Egg weight, specific gravity, length, width and thickness were the independent factors use to estimate surface area (SA), egg volume (EV), shell weight, percent shell, sphericity, thickness, compression and impact fracture strength, and shape index. Values (n = 5 to 20) from published results were used to create a data set for the testing of these equations.

Comparisons, based on coefficient of variation (CV), among the calculated estimates obtained with the majority of the equations (72) showed the variability was small, especially those for SA and EV, However, the CV for other equations (7) showed their estimates varied over wide range; whereas, the estimates for the remainder (6) were outside the expected acceptable range. Ten equations, as published, required an ‘adjustment factor’, either multiplication or division, in order to produce an estimate that was within the expected range.

It is essential that the rate of compression used to measure compression fracture strength of egg shell be reported because, since the egg shell is a brittle material, the value obtained when fracture strength is measured by compression is dependent on the compression rate. Without knowing the compression rate, it is not possible to establish whether the difference among published shell strength measurements is actual or due to differences in compression rates.

There is a need to clarify that the ‘saline flotation method’ measures the density of the egg, NOT specific gravity. Also, the use of various abbreviations for the same shell strength variable causes confusion that could be clarified by the development of standardized abbreviations. Finally, more care is needed to ensure the original authors are cited when reporting the sources of prediction equations.

A meta-analysis comparing the composition and quality differences between chicken meats produced under the free-range and conventional systems

P. DAVOODI, A. EHSANI, R. VAEZ TORSHIZI and A.A. MASOUDI

Inconsistent results about the effects of free-range and conventional systems on economic carcass characteristics and the chemical composition of chicken meat have been reported. Free-range chicken meat has been presumably known as more nutritious and healthier than conventionally meat products so it has become highly present in the marketplace. In this study, due to an extensive systematic review plus meta-analysis, the effect of conventional and free-range rearing systems on meat quality and carcass traits have been evaluated based on thirty-nine included studies. A high level of heterogeneity was seen among studies, therefore, statistical analyses of random-effect models have been conducted to calculate summary statistics for the standardized effect size of the difference between free-range and conventional rearing systems. As a result, free-range significantly influenced abdominal fat yield, meat yellowness, protein, and fat content of breast meat. However current meta-analysis showed that free-range had no significant negative effect on carcass weight, breast yield, leg yield, initial/ultimate pH, meat redness, cooking loss, drip loss, water holding capacity, and ash. In addition, two subset analyses according to sex (male, female, and both sexes) and comparison type (slow-growing, fast-growing) clarified a part of sources of heterogeneity. Eventually, this study reported conclusive results that free-range significantly increased meat-related traits typically yellowness and protein of breast meat and conversely decreased abdominal fat yield, and fat content of breast meat. In conclusion, free-range meat products can be characterized by different appearances due to the lower proportion of abdominal fat and yellower breast meat, also healthier and more nutritious because of lower fat concentration and higher protein content.

Nutritional and non-nutritional factors affecting egg yolk pigmentation

D. ZURAK, P. SLOVENEC, Z. JANJEČIĆ, D. BEDEKOVIĆ, J. PINTAR and K. KLJAK

The colour of the egg yolk is one of the most important sensory characteristics among consumers and is often perceived as a health and quality component of the product. Carotenoids found in hen diet are the main components contributing to the yolk pigmentation, and therefore, nutrition is a major factor influencing the yolk quality and colour. The ratio of yellow and red carotenoid pigments is of great importance in achieving the desired yolk colour. The difficulties associated with the optimum carotenoid concentration in the diet arise from the considerable variation in amounts in feeds and bioavailability from the sources used, synthetic or phytochemical. In addition, the carotenoid content in phytochemical sources is not always constant, and it is necessary to consider their interaction with other components in the diet, as well as denaturation during processing or loss during prolonged storage. Laying hens are unable to synthesise carotenoids de novo and depend on their supply through the diet. For this reason, pigmentation can decrease due to reduced diet intake, which a number of factors can influence. The housing system affects yolk pigmentation due to differences in applied nutritional management. In addition, reduced diet intake, carotenoid utilisation for health defence and reduced absorption occurs in response to stress conditions and various diseases. The objective of this review was to summarise the recent findings in available literature data on nutritional and non-nutritional factors affecting egg yolk pigmentation.

Guajolote – A poultry genetic resource native to Mexico

R. PORTILLO-SALGADO, J.G. HERRERA HARO, J. BAUTISTA-ORTEGA, A.J. CHAY-CANUL and F.A. CIGARROA VÁZQUEZ

The Guajolote is a native North American poultry, originally domesticated in Mexico, from where it was exported to Europe, and from there to the rest of the world, becoming the genetic base of the breeds and varieties of turkeys that are known in the present. However, the phenotypic and productive characteristics of Guajolotes have been poorly studied, which has limited its racial recognition. This review describes the current knowledge on the historical distribution, morphological, morphometric, and phaneroptic characteristics of Guajolotes, as well as the productive performance and quality attributes of Guajolote meat and eggs. Due to the long process of evolution, Guajolotes have a good capacity for adaptation and high rusticity that allows it to reproduce under different environmental and management conditions. It has unique morphological peculiarities and great variability in terms of its morphometric and phaneroptic descriptors. This bird has a marked sexual dimorphism in favour of males. Females are excellent natural incubators, they start laying from between 6 and 8 months of age, laying an average of 16.7 ± 3.6 eggs per laying season. Males have a good capacity to convert food into meat and can reach a live weight of between 5499 ± 148 to 5835 ± 173 g at week 30 of age, having a carcass yield of 79%. The nutritional quality of meat and eggs of Guajolote is even higher than that of chicken. In conclusion, Guajolotes are poultry with characteristics of high biological and productive value; however, better management strategies are required to maximize its genetic potential for the benefit of the food security of small and mid-size producers that depend on this poultry genetic resource.

Signature of Indian native chicken breeds: A perspective

M. KANAKACHARI, H. RAHMAN, R.N. CHATTERJEE and T.K. BHATTACHARYA

Native chicken in India assumes a significant role in contemplating rural economy. The local birds play major role in providing subsidiary income and nutritional security to the people of India. A total of 19 native chicken breeds have been reported and registered in India by ICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal, India, which is the nodal agency of Government of India for registering breeds of livestock and poultry. At present, the Indian native chicken population is 37.2% of the total poultry population, which contribute around 17.8% of the total egg production in the country. The Indian birds have many unique traits such as natural broodiness to hatch chicks, better adaptability to hot and humid tropical climate, resilience to some of the deadly diseases such as Newcastle disease, IBD etc., black coloured meat of Kadaknath chicken, running fast and flying, fighting habit to protect themselves from the predators, tenderness of meat similar to red meat, low mortality at high temperature and humidity when exotic birds mostly die, survival on scavenging and perform at low input diet. The major objective of this paper is to compile the characteristics of Indian native chicken breeds comprehensively so that by going through this article, the stakeholders may categorize any birds of India in a particular indigenous breed group or any other group or non-descript groups. In this article, we reviewed signature of Indian chickens to differentiate them from the exotic and other breeds of chicken. We have delineated phenotypes and molecular parameters of Indian chickens along with their performances. We have deciphered genetic distance of some of the Indian chickens from the exotic chickens revealing their unique position in the cluster. It is concluded that the breed signature has potential to distinguish Indian chicken population from exotic ones for the breed identity.

Impact of chitosan on productive and physiological performance and gut health of poultry

 

S.S. ELNESR, H.A.M. ELWAN, M.I. EL SABRY, A.M. SHEHATA and M. ALAGAWANY

The general trend in the poultry industry considers animal welfare and the quality of final products. The prevalence of antibiotic resistance, along with increased public concern about superbugs, resulted in considerable interest in the use of natural and safe alternatives in poultry production to lessen the risk of resistance transfer to humans via the food chain. Some feed additives such as chitosan may confer additional cytoprotective impacts. Chitosan is a biosynthetic polysaccharide that is the deacylated derivative of chitin. Chitosan is one of the promising natural polymers and additives that has attracted great attention due to its biological properties such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, antioxidant, antimicrobial, non-toxicity and anti-inflammatory activity. Chitosan has been shown in recent publications to be an effective feed additive for poultry health and an antibiotic growth promoter alternative. Thus, it can be concluded that chitosan is one of the natural feed supplements expected to enhance the overall health and productivity of different poultry species. This review contributes to updating our knowledge on producing chitosan, its characteristics, and dietary chitosan influences on the productive performance and gut health of poultry.

The role of early feeding in improving performance and health of poultry: herbs and their derivatives

M.A. ARAIN, F. NABI, Q.A. SHAH, M. ALAGAWANY, S.A. FAZLANI, M. KHALID, F. SOOMRO, F.M. KHAND and M.R. FARAG

The key objective of poultry husbandry is to provide safe and nutritious food for the growing population. The technique of delivering various nutrients, nutraceuticals, vaccines, immunostimulants, phytochemicals and medicinal herbs via the in ovo route is gaining wide attention among scientists worldwide for improving poultry productivity, boosting immune response and safeguarding the health. Embryonic growth in poultry has been manipulated through direct administration of biological compounds into embryonated eggs during the mid and late phase of incubation. This shows potential to enhance hatchability, superior nutritional status, higher chick quality, improve post-hatch performance and ultimately reduce the challenges associated with infections and oxidative stress, as well as minimize the use of synthetic antibiotic growth promoters in poultry production. In the last two decades, several studies have demonstrated that the in ovo supplementation of herbs and their derivatives such as chicoric acid, rosmarinic acid, astragalus polysaccharides boost immunity, upregulates antioxidant defence, and improves the health status and production output of poultry birds, making herbal compounds an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters. In ovo injection of herbs and their phytochemicals has shown diverse advantages, including improvements in weight gain, feed efficiency, growth rate, decreased morbidity and mortality of embryos, boosted immunity, and improved health status of poultry birds. Furthermore, in ovo injection of herbal compounds has shown better protection against a number of infectious pathogens than post-hatch supplementation. The current review aimed to provide a promising insight for the promotion of in ovo technology in order to supply natural biological compounds/phytochemicals directly into the developing embryo to achieve an improvement in post-hatch growth, immune responses, antioxidant defence and highlights the future of in ovo technology as a strategy to minimize the use of AGPs and improve the health status and production performance of poultry.

Current status of dietary Moringa oleifera and its application in poultry nutrition

NORHIDAYAH MOHD TAUFEK, SITI NUR NABILA ZAINOL ARIFFIN, NORHAFIZA MOHD ARSHAD and MOHD SHAHMI HAKIMI MAZLISHAH

The increasing demand for poultry products has driven the utilisation of more conventional crops as poultry feed. To achieve economically viable and environmentally friendly poultry production, attempts have been employed to incorporate medicinal plants such as Moringa oleifera in their diet. The high nutritional factor, including high protein content, the abundance of micronutrients and various phytochemicals has contributed to the rapid use of M. oleifera in the poultry diet. Notably, its application has a significant impact on poultry health and husbandry. The following paper reviews M. oleifera on their efficacy, potential limitation and effect on target poultry species. Furthermore, recognising the impact of utilising different processing methods on this plant could offer poultry and feed producers considerable benefits.

Nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics in poultry nutrition: An updated review

M. ALAGAWANY, S.S. ELNESR, M.R. FARAG, K. EL-NAGGAR and M. MADKOUR

Nutrition has long been recognized to cause metabolic changes in muscles, such as tissue remodelling, increased protein turnover, and muscular atrophy. From a production standpoint, these modifications have an impact on production efficiency and meat quality. As a result, they are extremely valuable economically. Nutritional constraints related to specific dietary components and management measures can be difficult to determine quickly. Nutritional Genomics describes the nutrient-gene interactions, as it includes two areas; nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics. The term ‘nutrigenomics’ refers to the study of the effects of nutrients/bioactive foods on an individual's gene expression. In the other hand, nutrigenetics describes that the genetic profile has impact on the response of body to bioactive food components by influencing their absorption, metabolism, and site of action. The inclusion of nutrients and nutraceuticals in poultry production can enhance gene expression of different genes related to health, metabolism, growth, immunity, and antioxidants. This review aims to shed the light on the definition of nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics in poultry nutrition.

 

Branch News

Argentina

13th International Seminar on Poultry Science – 11th Poultry & Swine Exposition (Argentina)

The Argentinean Branch of WPSA was one of the sponsors of the 13th International Seminar on Poultry Science, so member of our Association had a 10% discount in the registration fees. This scientific meeting took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the 11th Poultry & Swine Exposition, from March 9th - 11th, 2022 (https://www.avicola.com.ar/seminario). The Argentina Chamber of Poultry Producers (CAPIA, and MBG & Event) organized the seminar. This seminar was attended by nearly 600 participants (producers, students and professionals), thereby being one of the most important events for the Argentinean poultry community. The entire seminar was presented in Spanish, with four presentations being made in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

WPSA provided one of the expert speakers, Prof. Peter Van Horne, who was supported by the WPSA Speakers Bureau programme. He provided one of the 12 conference presentations that covered the topic ‘World trade in poultry products: opportunities, challenges and consumer evaluation’.

Webinar ‘Ninth Poultry Conference’The Argentinean Branch of the World´s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) is one of the sponsors of the webinar ‘Ninth Poultry Conference’, with the slogan ‘review from farm to fork’. This meeting took place online in the YouTube channel of ‘Red Alimentaria’. It was organized by Red Alimentaria and Isidro Molfese in April 29th, 2022. The thirteen lectures were given in Spanish (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IARXqJVEdc&t=30461s). The topics included different aspects from poultry production. This event was free of charge and attended by different producers, students, technicians, and professionals from different parts of the world.

13th Series of Technical Conferences in Poultry Science

The Argentinean Branch of the World´s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) is one of the sponsors of the seven modules of conferences of 13th Series of Technical Conferences in Poultry Science. These scientific meetings take place in Concepcion del Uruguay, Entre Rios, Argentina, between May and November, 2022. The Poultry Department (INTA-EEA Concepción del Uruguay) organizes these conferences. Each conference module has two lectures and is given in Spanish. The topics for this year include different aspects from poultry production. These events are free of charge and attended by producers, students, technicians, and professionals from different parts of Argentina.  Update, May 22nd, 2022

Bernardo Iglesias, Secretary, Argentinean Branch

Austria

Webinar hosted by the WPSA-Austria Branch

On May 19th the WPSA-Austria Branch organized a webinar to cover different aspects of the ‘Ukraine war – Consequences for Poultry Production in Austria’. In this regard, 5 speakers were invited to provide a 10-min statement each of their point of view on this situation to initiate a discussion by the audience.

The subjects covered by Siegfried Pöchtrager and Friedrich Leutzendorff had a view on the markets and the consequences of export stops for grains and oil seeds from Ukraine and Russia. Stored grains and oilseeds cannot be transported outside the Ukraine and the sowing of new crops in 2022 is partially interrupted. The consequences are an increase in the market price of commodities in the short but also in the long term. In addition, increased energy costs, lack of fertilizers, general mobilisation for the war, and destroyed infrastructure will further contribute to higher prices for consumers. Production conditions like the avoidance of import of genetic modified organisms (GMO), palm oil, and the regulation of using 50% corn in poultry diets as the cereal source may contribute for further discussion as the long-term shortage in supply chains becomes clearer. In Austria, which may look for alternatives for the feed industry, and which may pay the higher prices for those commodities, consumers will face higher food prices at food retailers. Worldwide however, the higher prices may be a trigger for a new severe hunger crisis.

Besides the grain sources, other component needs for poultry diets like mono-calcium-phosphate (MCP) are also currently in short supply. The prices of this component increased almost 5-times in a few days. Current MCP storage will cover the need for 2022, but beyond this the supply is uncertain. In this regard, the statement of Jochen Krieg about the use of phytase in poultry diets provided a good overview about the limits of using phytase in current diets for poultry when there is a shortage of MCP. The increase in phytase addition to substitute for MCP does not provide a linear response in P-digestibility. The maximum release occurs at about 2,000 FTU/ kg DM of feed. For laying hens, the addition of phytase in the diet from 18 week to 72 week of age may reduce the need for MCP by up to 2.5 g MCP/bird/laying period. However, the P/Ca ratio needs to be observed.

 Another aspect of the Ukraine war is the supply of grains and oil seed for the organic farm sector. Doris Hofer presented a statement about the consequences for the organic market in Austria. She mentioned that the import of organic products, grains and oil seeds from outside the European Union is not common for the organic farm sector. The main issue, however, is the shortage of protein-rich dietary components for the livestock sector in general and for essential amino acids especially Methionine. However, like for the supply of specific ingredients like phosphor, for organic farming the long-term shortage of phosphor sources is an increasing concern. Although imports for limiting ingredients like protein sources are regulated within the organic farm sector, with an expected increase of the proportion of organic farming in Europe, the demand for feed components produced under organic farm regulations will increase too, thereby increasing consumer prices. All speakers, as well as the attendees agreed that currently all consequences of such supply shortages are not yet foreseeable. Therefore, the WPSA-Austria branch plans to follow up on this discussion with a comparable event in autumn 2022.

Dr Christine Potthast, Secretary, Austria Branch

Bangladesh

Mr. Md Mahabub Hassen from WPSA Bangladesh branch has invited the Bangladesh WPSA branch members, and other poultry industry personnel to attend an ‘International Seminar & Policy Discussion on Safe and Sustainable Poultry Production in Bangladesh,’ that will be held on 10-11 June, 2022 at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in Dhaka. Environmental concerns related to poultry production in Bangladesh have become an important issue. The Poultry industry needs to follow and adjust its management practices in order to live better with the surrounding society. Interesting discussion can happen at this seminar.

Brazil

Benefits of autogenous vaccines will be theme of a FACTA symposium in September

Aiming at spreading technical and scientific knowledge to professionals and students in the poultry sector, FACTA WPSA-Brazil will organize the Symposium ‘Autogenous Vaccines’ ion September 13th and 14th.
The event will elaborate on the benefits of autogenous vaccines, personalized products produced from isolated microorganisms identified in the animals of a specific establishment affected by diseases.
Since some pathogens are capable of transforming into new strains, autogenous vaccines can offer more efficient protection against such variants. In these cases, autogenous vaccines offer producers an efficient mechanism to rapidly respond to such changes by using the most recent isolates, taken from sick birds from their own poultry houses. 

FACTA refreshes the sector with the FACTA Symposium on Salmonella in October

In order to foster debate and refreshment in the sector on the theme, a ‘FACTA Symposium on Salmonella’ will be organized in October 4th and 5th.
Salmonella will always be a trending theme, given its high occurrence in bird flocks and the zoonotic potential of some serological variants. Factors relating to the poultry chain, markets, and the pathogen maintain the relevance of continued debate on the subject. For example, there are new professionals entering the market, different demands from importing countries, emergence of new products to control bacteria, as well as a change to the resistance profile on the environment and the prevalence of serological variants in specific regions.

FACTA Symposium will debate trends in layer poultry farming

Between November 8th and 10th, FACTA organizes a space for debate in the layer poultry sector with a Symposium that will cover market trends, production, demand, management and sanitation aspects, and prospects for 2023.

Carla Palermo - FACTA WPSA Brazil (), Event & Communications

Colombia

The XXXV International Poultry Seminar is an academic event organized by the Colombian Association of Veterinary Doctors and Specialist Poultry Technicians (AMEVEA) that allows technicians and professionals to be updated on the latest research and trends that have been developed around the Poultry sector. From 15-16 June 2022, the first face-to-face seminar after two years of inactivity due to the pandemic will be held in Bogotá - Colombia.

You can find more information on the website.

France

The French Branch of WPSA will hold its general assembly 9 June 2022 online, with the presentation of its annual reports and the election of 4 new administrators.
On this occasion, the branch will welcome a keynote lecture in French on ‘Cellular meat: state of the art and perspectives’, by Marie-Pierre Elies-Oury, Sghaier Chriki, and Jean-François Hocquette .

The French Branch of WPSA is busy completing the preparations for the face to face 26th WPC in Paris, 7-11 August 2022. The Paris Congress Centre is fully equipped to warrant the safety of all participants so that the organising committee looks forward to receiving a large number of participants on site.

Dr Michel DUCLOS, Secretary of WPSA French Branch and Dr Christophe BOSTVIRONNOIS, President of WPSA French Branch

Germany

This year's spring meeting for the German Association included both a Board Meeting and the General Meeting which took place on March 15 and 16, 2022, in Hannover in hybrid farm. The board members met in person at the Bayer Lecture Hall at the TiHo Hannover, but due to Covid concerns, the participants for the general meeting and the lecture session only met via zoom. For the general meeting 90 persons and for the conference 160 persons had registered.

Those participating in the general meeting elected new board members for the branch board, except for president Michael Grashorn who will continue to be in charge. Six members retired from the board after many years of membership, and their commitment was duly honoured at a joint dinner: they included: Dr Ingrid Halle, Dr Klaus Damme, Prof. Dr Hafez M. Hafez, Klaus Mechow, Dr Thomas Redmann, and Prof. Dr Hanz-Wilhelm Windhorst. Four new board members were elected, thus contributing to the desired rejuvenation of the board, including: Dr Franca Müller from the University of Giessen; Dr Petra Thobe, Thünen Institute; Prof. Dr Rudi Preisinger, Lohmann Breeders; and Prof. Dr Jens Tetens, University of Göttingen.

Current topics from all areas of poultry science were again addressed at the lecture conference. The genetic background of feather pecking in laying hens was covered by Prof. Dr Jens Tetens, University of Göttingen. Pollution of the area close to the house in the free-range management of laying hens was covered by Prof. Dr Jürgen from the eß, University of Kassel. Dr Léni Corrand, Selari from de Veterinaires Abiopole addressed the impact of avian influenza in duck farming in France; and Dr Juli Marggraff, Thüringer Tierseuchenkasse covered The occurrence of sternal lesions in laying hen flocks. In addition, an insight into the current research projects at the Experimental and Educational Center for Poultry Husbandry in Kitzingen was provided by Dr Philipp Hofmann. The conference event was rounded off by two short presentations by this year's dissertation sponsorship award winners; including the dissertation by Dr Carolin Adler (University of Bonn) that compared two different floor systems for broiler fattening; and by the work by Dr Ruben Schreiter (HTW Dresden) which dealt with the influence of environmental enrichment on young and laying hens.

Even if the personal contact between the participants was missing, it was still a very informative and successful event. Special thanks go to Dr Silke Rautenschlein and her team for the on-site organization. The next spring meeting is scheduled for March 14 and 15, 2023 in Berlin. Hopefully, that meeting will again have 100% in person attendance!

The Presidium and the Board wish all members all the best until the next reunion.

Inga Tiemann, Secretary, German Branch

Israel

The 55th annual Poultry Scientific Conference of the Israeli Branch was held on March 7-8, 2022, at the Pastoral Hotel in Kibbutz Kfar Blum located in the Upper Galilee. The conference was attended by 462 participants: scientists and students from the academia and research institutes, poultry producers, veterinarians, extension specialists and professionals from commercial companies serving the poultry industry in Israel.

During the 2-day conference, 51 lectures were presented in 10 sessions covering the leading poultry science disciplines: Nutrition; Management; Welfare; Environment protection; Health; Immunology; Genetics, Reproduction, Incubation and Fertility; Layers production; Broilers production­­­­­­­­­. We had a diverse group of lecturers which included well known professors and young researchers from academia, including veterinarians, nutritionists, experts from the industry sector, producer representatives, and graduate students. Three students were awarded prizes for their research presentations.

The opening ceremony was dedicated to the memory of Mr. Yoram Brown who served for many years as one of the central figures and Treasurer of the WPSA-Israel Branch.

The future of the broiler industry was in a round table discussion involving some of the leading representatives from the different sectors of the industry. The conference was honoured to host an overseas guest speaker, Mr. Tim Lambert from Canada, who shared a video lecture he had developed showing his extensive experience with the Canadian quota system of the Canadian egg industry, when he served as the CEO of Egg Farmers of Canada. His lecture was followed at the closing session by a lively round table discussion, focusing on the future reform for the Israeli egg quota system.

An award of appreciation was given to Bnayahu Mandel for his great contributions as the treasurer of the WPSA-Israel branch for the last 25 years, and for his activities in the Poultry Producers Organization as secretary. Twenty Israeli companies exhibited unique products for the poultry industry: including pharmaceuticals, feed additives, housing equipment, climate control, etc. The evening social activities included a lecture by a popular TV journalist on his experiences reporting on agriculture and other current issues in the Galilee region of Israel.

Yitzhak Malka, Secretary, WPSA Israel Branch

Italy

The 56th Annual Meeting of the Italian branch of WPSA took place on April 22th, 2022 at the Palacongressi of Rimini (Italy). It delt with ‘Are we pushing broilers to their biological limits?’.

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This emerging topic was explored thanks to the contributions of a number of prestigious international speakers, moderated by Prof Martino Cassandro, President of the Italian Branch of WPSA.

  • Ilkka Leinonen (Natural Resources Institute Finland), Applying energy balance modelling to assess the limits
  • Birger Svihus (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway), Is gut functionality a limitation for maximizing growth?
  • Filip Van Immerseel (Ghent University, Belgium), Why classical broiler production yields animals with high sensitivity to intestinal inflammation and infection?
  • Massimiliano Petracci (University of Bologna, Italy), Fast muscle growth and meat quality issues,
  • Avigdor Cahaner (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel), Consequences of the breeding of broilers for rapid growth and high breast meat yield, and their genetic mitigation

Presentations of the lectures are available on the following webpage: http://www.wpsa.it/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=51&Itemid=183.

On the day before the annual meeting, WG2 members visited the ‘Rimini Conference Center’ where the 23rd edition of the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) will be hosted from June 21st to 24th, 2023. 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. The many attendees will include both poultry research scientists and practitioners, with leading speakers from across the world joining together to explore the past, share the present and helping to forge the future of poultry meat science. More details are already available on the Symposia website: https://www.espn2023.eu/.

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Our Branch also participated to the First edition of the Fieravicola Poultry Forum & B2B which was took place on 4-6 May 2022 at the Rimini Expo Centre. This event was promoted by Fieravicola in collaboration with Assoavi (the Association of Italian egg producers) and Unaitalia (National Union of Meat and Egg Food Chains). The conference organized by the Italian Branch of WPSA was dedicated to the hot topic especially for EU egg producers dealing with “New technologies and perspectives of in-ovo sexing”. The meeting was moderated by Prof. Martino Cassandro (President of Italian Branch of WPSA) and it was opened by a lecture by Joel Gautron (INRAE, France) followed by the presentations of Gianluca Bagnara (Assoavi) and Yael Alter, CEO & Co-founder of Soos Technology. Slides of presentation (in Italian) are available on the following website

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Massimiliano Petracci, Secretary, Italian Branch of WPSA

Japan

The 2022 Spring Meeting of Japan Poultry Science Association (JPSA) was held with online style during 28–29 March. More than 100 people were connected to the meeting. The meeting contained the presentations of original research findings, a symposium, a seminar, and a general meeting. The symposium was held on March 28 during 13:00 to 17:30 as per Japan standard time. The presentations of research findings and the general meeting were organized from 9:00 to 17:00 on March 29. Besides, the seminar was held during lunch hour (12:00 – 13:00) on March 29. JPSA would like to appreciate all attendees for joining the meetings.

The presentation of original research findings contained 40 titles including 20 titles of the candidates for the Excellent Presentation Award of young researchers. The Excellent Presentation Awards were given for the following presentations: 1) ‘Multi-Omics analysis of the effect of different housing systems on laying hens’ by Nonoko Nozaki (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology); 2) ‘Development of a cryomedium containing dimethyl sulfoxide for cryopreservation of chicken primordial germ cells’ by Natsuko Hamai (Hiroshima University); 3) ‘Effects of ad libitum feeding of a bran-based diet on rest reaction and reproductive organs in Japanese quails’ by Saori Tamada (Aichi Agriculture Research Center); 4) ‘Effects of brown rice and sake lees on growth performance and meat quality in broiler chickens’ by Koki Nishikawa (Kobe University); and 5) ‘Anti-inflammatory response of olive-derived polyphenol in LPS-activated chicken splenocytes’ by Kanade Otani (Tohoku University). JPSA congratulates the presenters who achieved the Excellent Presentation Awards in the Spring Meeting 2022.

Two symposia were organized during JPSA 2022 Spring Meeting. The first one was entitled ‘The insect feeds, as nobel ingredients for aquaculture and livestock diet’. The organizers were Dr Yoshiki Matumoto, Kagawa University, and Dr Noboru Manabe, Osaka International University, and the speakers were Dr Yoshiki Matumoto, Kagawa University; Dr Yasuhiro Fujitani, Research Institute of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries, Osaka Prefecture; Dr Takeshi Miura, Ehime University; and Dr Kiyonori Kawasaki, Kagawa University. The second one was entitled ‘Metabolomics in chicken eggs’. It was organized by Dr Tatsuhiko Goto, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine; and Dr Shozo Tomonaga, Kyoto University. The speakers were Dr Mami Fukuoka, Kewpie Corporation; Dr Masataka Wakayama, Keio University; Dr Tsuyoshi Shimmura, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology; and Dr Tasuhiko Goto. The topics of these symposia were very timely, and many of young scientists joined the meeting and participated with vibrant discussions.

The Young Members' Executive Committee of JPSA held the seminar entitled ‘Using of guanidinoacetic acid in animal feed’ during 12:00 – 13:00, on March 29. Two speakers made the presentations. Dr Hitroshi Kojo, Sumitomo Chemical Corporation, talked about ‘Introduction of the new feed additive - guanidinoacetic acid’. Then, Dr Yoshiyuki Ohta, Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University, presented about ‘Broiler nutrition and guanidinoacetic acid’. The seminar also had many attendees.

The ‘Excellent Paper Award’ on the published papers in the Journal of Poultry Science (JPS) in 2021 was presented in this meeting. Ryosuke Makino, Maaya Uda, Syoko Shuto, Kazumi Kita, and Tetsuya Tachibana, entitled ‘Influence of dietary metformin on the growth performance and plasma concentrations of amino acids and advanced glycation end products in two types of chickens’, 58 (2): 110–118, and Tomohito Iwasaki, Takafumi Watanabe, Yasuhiro Hasegawa, Marina Hosotani, and Takeshi Kawasaki, entitled ‘Nutrition during the early rearing period affects the incidence of wooden breasts in broilers’, 58 (3): 177–185 were given the awards.

In the spring meeting, the new board members of JPSA have been elected for serving in the next two years. Dr Takashi Bungo (Okayama University of Science) has been elected as the new President of the JPSA. Dr Kan Sato (Tohoku University) has been elected as the new Vice-President of the JPSA, and Dr Naoki Goto (Hendrix Genetics Layers) has been re-elected as the Vice-President of the JPSA. The secretaries of the JPSA are Dr Atsushi Murai (Nagoya University), Hiroki Furuta (Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University). The treasure of the JPSA is Dr Makoto Yamazaki (Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, NARO). In addition, the Editorial Board Members for the JPSA journals (‘The JPS’ and ‘Japanese Journal of Poultry Science’) are: Dr Kazuhisa Honda (Kobe University) took the charge as the Editor-in-Chief, and Dr Tomohiro Sasanami (Shizuoka University) became the co-Editor-in-Chief. The Editorial Managers are Dr Takeshi Ohkubo (Ibaraki University) and Dr Fuminori Kawabata (Hirosaki University). Moreover, Dr Naoki Goto continues to be the secretary of WPSA Japan branch.

JPS, the official scientific journal of JPSA, obtained the Impact Factor of 1.425 (2021 Journal Citation Reports, Clarivate Analytics). The JPS is also a member of PubMed Central (PMC), and the articles of the journal can be accessed through PubMed search engine (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/3725/). Moreover, JPS is available on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) database (https://doaj.org/toc/1349-0486).

JPSA welcomes the submission of original research articles and review papers to the JPS using the following website: https://jpn-psa.jp/en/jps-en/. Free access to download the full-published articles in JPS is available on J-Stage (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jpsa), which provides an excellent opportunity for all to access the full published articles.

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

The COVID pandemic has still made a tough situation in many areas of the world; however, it seems to be getting better. Please take good care of yourself until it’s over!

Naoki Goto, Secretary of WPSA Japan Branch

Pakistan

Dr Nasir Mukhtar from the Pakistan branch reported activity which was arranged in Pakistan for WPSA members, academics and industry. The 4th National Poultry Training Workshop on Advanced Artificial Insemination Techniques for Broiler Breeders was successfully held on 10-12 May, 2022, at PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi – Pakistan.

Poland

The XXXII International Poultry Symposium of PB WPSA 'Science for poultry practice - poultry practice for science', will be held from 5-7 September 2022 at the Krasicki Hotel in Lidzbark Warmiński (Centrum Konferencyjno-Wypoczynkowe "ZAMEK" Sp. z o.o., Pl. Zamkowy 1/7, 11-100 Lidzbark Warmiński, Poland).

PRELIMINARY SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMME
• Opening ceremony - September 5, 2022 (Monday)
• Deliberations in sessions - 5-7 September 2022 (Monday-Wednesday)
• The General Meeting of WPSA Members - September 6, 2022 (Tuesday)
• Summing up and closing the meeting - September 7, 2022 (Wednesday)

More information on the website www.wpsa.pl.
Or you can contact the organizers at 

Thailand

The Thailand Branch, led by the APF President, Dr Sakchai Sriboonsue, arranged our annual WPSA Thailand branch meeting on-line during November 2021. The topics covered were related to poultry products, such as chicken meat and eggs, and immunity. Speakers were invited from the Food Science Technology area in order to broaden our knowledge and the audience. We also had a panel discussion on ‘Poultry product safety’ with a government official, a feed producer and a university professor on the panel to provide their views on how we should handle and control safety in the poultry meat we produce during the Covid-19 pandemic. Lastly, we provided an opportunity for four university students to present their research work.

Dr Charoen Parcharianon, Secretary, Thailand Branch

Turkey

During its last board meeting, the WPSA Turkish Branch decided to put forward our candidacy for hosting one of the European Federation’s working group summits and to start with the necessary deliberations.
We also decided to organise some scientific panels/conferences etc. in order to revive our branch activities, which have been quite static since the start of the Covid pandemic.
Upon the request of some African countries, we have also agreed to form a scientific committee specialised in poultry production techniques to be sent to those countries to improve their production capacities

Prof. Dr Kâzım Şahin, Secretary, WPSA Turkish Branch

United Kingdom

Over April 13th and 14th, 2022, the U.K. Branch was very happy to hold its first in person meeting in over two years. Everything went smoothly, and it was great to meet up with old friends, colleagues and contacts again. The meeting was a great success — with all 63 of the participants enjoying the opportunity to network again after the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. As in previous years, the meeting was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the British Society for Animal Science, which allowed those in attendance the option to attend that organisation’s sessions on other species.

Delegates attending in person made up about one-quarter of the Branch’s total membership. For those unable to be there in person, remote access to the presentations was offered for a reduced registration fee. Over the course of the meeting, 21 presentations were given in six sessions, including four invited speakers. Topics ranged from poultry nutrition and welfare to the potential in feeding processed animal proteins. Commemorating Robert Gordon — one of the country’s most eminent poultry scientists — the annual Gordon Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Christine Nichol of the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. Her chosen topic was ‘Whither hen welfare?’

The Annual General Meeting of the branch members saw the terms end for Branch President, Professor Emily Burton, and for Vice-President, Dr Helen (Nell) Masey-O’Neill. Despite a number of huge challenges over their four-year terms of office, both provided tremendous leadership for the Branch while they were serving. As a token of the members’ appreciation and thanks, both were presented with flower bouquets before the annual meeting closed.

Taking on the position of President for the U.K. Branch is a renowned poultry veterinarian, Dr Stephen Lister. Dr Jessica Martin will serve as the new Vice President for the Branch.

With great anticipation, the Branch is now looking forward to our next Poultry Science Symposium, which will be held at the University of Cambridge. The theme for the Symposium is: ‘Pre and Probiotics: Nutritional, Veterinary and Production Perspectives’. Originally scheduled for the year 2020, this 33rd Poultry Science Symposium will now be held on 22nd - 24th August 2022. Registration will open soon. Further details are available on the following website: https://www.wpsa2022.org/. The U.K. Branch looks forward to welcoming you to this fascinating conference at one of the U.K.’s oldest and most prestigious universities!

Jackie Linden, WPSA UK Branch Secretary

USA

The USA and Canadian Branches of the WPSA will again jointly sponsor the WPSA lecture, that will serve as the keynote lecture for the Poultry Science Association annual meeting this summer on July 11-14 in San Antonio, Texas. The lecture will be held on Monday, July 11. The speaker will be Professor Ian Dunn from the Roslin Institute and the topic of his lecture will be ‘Practical Genetic Inspired Tools to Improve the Skeletal Quality of Laying hens; Nutrition, Management and Selection’. For information on this year’s annual Poultry Science Meeting, Registration, and Programmes, see: www.annualmeetingeventspoultryscience.org.

Dr Bob Buresh, 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, www.esavs.org) 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.

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: www.wvepah.org.

WPSA Calendar

For all WPSA meetings see the WPSA Calendar

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$2,000.

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

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