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Date: 24 March 2023

Date: 10 April 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.

It is with profound sadness that we were informed on May 12, of the passing of our friend, colleague, Senior Vice President of WVPA, and its immediate former President, Dr Nigel Horrox.

We have appreciated Nigel’s input, insights, energy, and commitment to WVPA over many years, as well as his courage in his fight against disease. We keep in mind, appreciate, and are grateful for everything Nigel did for the development and recognition of WVPA in the poultry community worldwide.

We express our most sincere and deepest condolences to his loved ones and close relations.

Should anyone want to address a message we propose to use this address . These will be centralized and forwarded to the family.

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.

Evonik published first edition of the MetAMINO® ATLAS

Evonik has published the first edition of the MetAMINO® ATLAS. The report displays the results of 15 performance trials investigating the relative bioavailability of supplementary methionine sources in animal diets.

  • Performance trials investigating the relative nutritive value of DL-methionine vs. liquid MHA-FA and MHA-Ca
  • Support for knowledge-based purchase decisions for sustainable and economical livestock operations
  • Comparable achievements with 65 units of MetAMINO® vs. 100 units of MHA-products

Essen, Germany. Evonik has published the first edition of the MetAMINO® ATLAS. The report displays the results of 15 performance trials investigating the relative bioavailability of supplementary methionine sources in animal diets.  

“For cost-effective purchasing, feed formulation and animal production, precise knowledge about the relative nutritive value of DL-methionine compared with liquid MHA-FA and MHA-Ca is essential,” says Dr. Jan-Olaf Barth, head of the Efficient Nutrition product line at Evonik. “With the MetAMINO® ATLAS, we want to support our business partners in making knowledge-based purchase decisions for sustainable and economical livestock operations.”

The trials were conducted in eleven countries on five continents under different climatic, geographic and farm conditions - in experimental settings as well as at commercial farms with broiler chickens, laying hens, swine and aqua species.

“Across all trials and all species, we found that comparable animal performance criteria were achieved when 100 units of MHA-products were replaced with 65 units of MetAMINO®,” says Nils Niedner, product manager MetAMINO®.

The MetAMINO® ATLAS 2022 further includes a selection of latest scientific articles, conference abstracts and peer reviewed publications regarding the bio-efficacy of the commercially available methionine forms. Interested parties can access the complete paper via barcode or link.


Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world and generated sales of €15 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of €2.38 billion in 2021. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers. About 33,000 employees work together for a common purpose: We want to improve life today and tomorrow.


The focus of the business of the Nutrition & Care division is on health and quality of life. It develops differentiated solutions for active pharmaceutical ingredients, medical devices, nutrition for humans and animals, personal care, cosmetics, and household cleaning. In these resilient end markets, the division generated sales of €3.56 billion in 2021 with about 5,300 employees.


In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release or where our statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations or statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment. Neither Evonik Industries AG nor its group companies assume an obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.

You can read the press release here.


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