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June 2019 Newsletter

Volume 47, June 2019  Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein,  


Executive Committee

Secretary's Report

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Board meeting 2019
The annual board meeting will be held 18-19 July 2019 in Montreal, Canada, at the end of the annual Poultry Science Association meeting.

WPSA presence at exhibitions and conferences
WPSA was present at the bi-annual Poultry show and Seminar (5-8 March 2019) in Dhaka, Bangladesh; the VIV Asia (13-15 March 2019), in Bangkok, Thailand; and the 1st Panafrican Poultry Conference (13-17 May), in Lomé, Togo.

As a result of discussions on the formation and activities of the WPSA African Poultry Network, the 1st Panafrican Poultry Conference organised by CERSA and the University of Lomé, was a great success. Participants and students came from many countries. And it was decided to hold the 2nd Panafrican Poultry Conference in 2021. A report will soon be available.

WPSA also will be represented at Victam Europe (12-14 June), in Cologne, Germany; the European Symposia on Poultry Nutrition (10-13 June), in Gdansk, Poland: and the European Symposia on the Quality of Poultry Meat, Eggs and Egg Products (23-26 June), in Cesme, Turkey.

Promotional materials of WPSA, the World’s Poultry Science Journal, WPC 2020 in Paris, France, other symposia and conferences will be on display. We expect to meet with many members during these events. Details on all meetings and exhibitions can be found on Members and all interested persons are invited to attend the events and to meet many other WPSA members and representatives.

Please note the dates of the next Mediterranean Poultry Summit, which is planned for 25-27 March 2020 in Cordoba, Spain. Information can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

During VIV Asia, members of the Thai branch and the board of the Asia Pacific Federation of WPSA had their meeting. The president and vice-presidents of the Federation started their work in 2018. A plan for better communication was already announced and several other subjects were discussed. An important decision was to organise a Poultry Nutrition and Feed Technology Symposium on 24-25 March 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. More details can be found on the WPSA website.

WPSA World’s Poultry Science Journal
Starting in 2020 the World’s Poultry Science Journal will be hosted and produced by Taylor and Francis Publishers. More details can be found in the press release.

WPSA programmes: WPSA has several programmes to support members and branches. Details on the travel grant programmes, the speakers’ bureau programme and proposals for Branch development can be found on the WPSA website. Criteria for eligibility are published together with the (different) deadlines for the individual programmes. Please follow the instructions as inaccurate, incomplete and late applications have to be rejected.

Cooperation with the organization on World Veterinary Education in Production Animal Health (WVEPAH): The WVEPAH, a non-profit organization organises training courses on poultry (for 3 à 4 weeks) in several countries. More details are on All activities will also be announced on our website and in the WPS Journal.

Dr Roel Mulder

Treasurer's Report

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It has been a busy spring in the office of the Treasurer. Invoices were sent to all our Journal advertisers and sponsors. I am delighted to say that at this writing, 77% of those invoiced have paid. Dorien Kleverwal in the Secretariat invoiced our Branches relative to dues owed. Again, my thanks to our Branch Secretaries who have been sending in their checks or wiring payment.

Members of your Board of Directors and even Past, Past President Bob Pym, have been representing our Association at WPSA events around the globe. So I have been processing their travel. Even more exciting to report are the numbers of WPSA members whose applications for Travel Grant support have been approved.

As we move into summer, I am preparing all the financial reports that will be presented to the Board this July. We will meet in Montreal, Canada - the same venue as the Poultry Science Association’s Annual Meeting. I look forward to seeing many of you there and to meeting our Student Members who will be presenting papers and posters.

As the Treasurer, I am fond of reminding folks about good financial practices. So in this report, I want to suggest that each of you be saving funds for travel to Paris in 2020. You will not want to miss the World Poultry Congress!

Dr Francine Bradley, Treasurer

Branch Development Programme

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. In the first half of 2019 we approved proposals from France and Togo.

For more information click here.

Next deadline for submission of Branch Development Proposals is July1st.


World's Poultry Congress 2020, Paris, France

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Dear Madam/Sir,

Christophe Bostvironnois, President of the French Branch of WPSA, and Michele Tixier-Boichard, Chair of WPC2020 are pleased to invite you to participate in and attend the World Poultry Congress that will be held in Paris, France, on 16-20 August 2020. Come and join the 3000 delegates who are expected to attend.

Renowned speakers from all continents of the world will be involved with WPC2020 and will speak on the following topics:

• Nutrition
• Breeding and Genetics
• Egg Quality
• Poultry Meat Quality
• Reproduction
• Hygiene and Pathology
• Waterfowl
• Poultry Welfare and Management
• Turkeys
• Education and Information
• Physiology

An extensive communication strategy has been put in place as well as various promotional tools. The congress will be continually promoted through the official website, at related international and national meetings as well as e-newsletters in order to ensure a successful event.

Take part in this most prestigious World Poultry Congress to be held in Paris in 2020 and confirm your participation NOW to receive a 10% DISCOUNT for being an early sponsor (deadline June 2019). Whatever your business is, the WPC 2020 has a sponsorship package that will help you meet your targets.

Full details about sponsorship and exhibition package options are available in the Sponsorship and Exhibition Brochure.

Feel free to contact Isabelle Brochot , Sponsoring Manager, Tel: +33(0)1 44 64 15 29 should you need any further specific needs.

Kind regards,

Christophe Bostvironnois
Michèle Tixier Boichard 

European Federation

The 15th meeting of the European Federation of WPSA met during the 2018 European Poultry Conference that was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. A new slate of leaders for the Federation was elected by secret ballot including: President, Prof Estella Prukner Radovcic; Secretary and Treasurer, Prof Michael Grashorn: and Past President, Prof Birger Svihus. It was also decided that the next European Poultry Conference will be held in Valencia, Spain in 2022. A full report for EPC 2018 has been published in the December issue of the WPSJ.

The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and the end of 2019. A list of most of our upcoming conferences may be found on the WPSA Calendar at
News from a number of European Federation's working groups is provided below.

WPSA European Working Group News


Economics and Marketing

The European Federation’s Working Group 1 will hold its next symposium at the University of Vechta in Germany on October 9-11, 2019. The symposium will cover: Research on Poultry Economics, and Recent Trends and Developments in the EU on Poultry Production and Future Perspectives. For more information contact Chairman Peter van Horne, Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, e-mail .

Peter van Horne, Chairman European WG1



The next European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN2019) will be organised by the Polish Branch, and will be held in Gdansk, Poland from 10-13 June 2019. We will look forward to seeing all of you there.



The Czech branch of WPSA and Working Group 3 on Breeding and Genetics for the European Federation of WPSA branches are pleased to announce the 11th European Symposium on Poultry Genetics that will be held in Prague (Czech Republic) from October 23 to 25, 2019.

During this symposium, a special session for young scientists will be held. Up to four abstracts will be selected by the symposium’s scientific committee for short oral presentations during the session, and no registration fee for participation at the symposium will be charged for the presenters selected.

The call for poster abstracts is open. Please visit the web page for details.

The scientific programme will contain sessions on new breeding technologies, genomic selection, current topics on dual purpose chickens, genetic diversity, microbiota, new breeding goals for poultry species and breeding for other avian species. Invited speakers will provide the main talks, and poster presentations will be significant.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Czech Republic for the 11th European Symposium on Poultry Genetics.

On behalf of the organizing committee

Pavel Trefil and Steffen Weigend


Eggs and Egg Quality

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Poultry Meat Quality

The next ‘XXIV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat’ will be conjointly held with the ‘XVIII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products’ in Cesme-Izmir on 23-26 June, 2019. Prominent invited speakers from American and European Institutions have already confirmed their participation. They will address emerging issues on various aspects of poultry meat and egg production. For more information about the symposia programmes, please visit the symposia website ( Registration is still open and special reduced registration fees are available for WPSA members and students.

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WG6 & WG12

WG6 Incubation and Fertility Research Group (IFRG)
WG12 Fundamental Physiology & Perinatal Development (PDP) in Poultry

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The French Branch of WPSA is dedicated to promote knowledge and understanding of all aspects of poultry science and poultry production. It is organizing the Combined Meeting of the ‘Incubation and Fertility Research Group’ (IFRG/WPSA Working Group 6) and the ‘Fundamental Physiology and Perinatal Development in Poultry’ (PDP/WPSA Working Group 12) in Tours, August 2019.

On behalf of the French Organizing Committee and the WG-6 and 12 working Groups of the European Federation of WPSA branches, we are pleased to invite you to attend the IFRG - PDP 2019. This congress will take place in Tours, France, on August, 28-30, 2019, at hotel ‘Univers’.

For more information see the website.

Barbara Tzschentke

Asia Pacific Federation

WPSA Asian-Pacific Working Group News



There will be Ratite Research Sessions during the upcoming World Poultry Congress in Paris, France from 16-20 August 2020. Please send any suggestions for contributions and topics 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

Planning for the 7th Mediterranean Poulty Summit

The Mediterranean Poultry Network has planning underway for the 7th Mediterranean Poultry Summit that will be held at the University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Spain during Mach 25-27, 2020. A website is under development, and should be ready by the time the next MPN Newsletter ( ) is sent out. Following are several tentative dates for you to plan for this conference.

Important Dates:

Conference Dates    March 25-27, 2020
Call for Abstract Submissions   June 1, 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline   November 15, 2019
Preliminary Notification of Abstract Acceptance   December 1, 2019
Early Bird Registration   December 21, 2019
Final Notification of Abstract Acceptance   December 21, 2019
Full Paper Submission Deadline   December 31, 2019
Registration Deadline   March 25, 2020

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World's Poultry Science Journal

Press Release New Publishing Partner

Taylor & Francis are proud to announce a new publishing partnership with the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA). From January 2020, Taylor & Francis will be publishing World’s Poultry Science Journal, a publication which provides a forum for the dissemination of information on poultry science relevant to research, education and industry.

World’s Poultry Science Journal publishes authoritative review articles on key issues affecting the poultry industry, including breeding, nutrition, welfare, husbandry, production systems, processing, product development, physiology, ethology, egg and meat quality, industry structure, economics and education. The journal provides a source for knowledge-sharing with real world implications for improving poultry industry practice. It is highly relevant for poultry science academics, researchers, students, extension workers and commercial poultry producers.

World’s Poultry Science Journal makes an excellent addition to Taylor & Francis existing animal science portfolio. Liz Marchant, Editorial Director at Taylor & Francis, said: “We are extremely proud to be partnering with the WPSA to publish their official publication, World’s Poultry Science Journal. We look forward to working in close collaboration with the WPSA and building upon the journal’s current success to develop WPSJ further and expand its global audience of readers and authors”.

About Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life.  As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works our content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine.

From our network of offices in Oxford, New York, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Boston, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi and Cape Town, Taylor & Francis staff provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies and authors and tailored, efficient customer service to our library colleagues.

About the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA)

The World's Poultry Science Association, established in 1912, is the leading network for poultry science and poultry production. The organization strives to advance knowledge and understanding of all aspects of poultry science and the poultry industry. Its major role is to encourage, and help facilitate, liaison among research scientists and educators, and between those in research and education and those working in the many diverse sectors of the industry. The WPSA have a large and truly international membership of over 7,500 individuals from the research, government and industry sectors.

Upcoming articles

Articles in upcoming Journal(s)

  • Bozidar Milosevic - Machine learning application in growth and health prediction of broiler chickens
  • Rajesh Chhabra - Toll like receptors and cytokines as immunostimulatory adjuvants in poultry vaccines: current status and future trends
  • Karim El - Sabrout - Does magnetised drinking water influence poultry's health and production?
  • Bethany Baker - When pain and stress interact: looking at stress - induced analgesia and hyperalgesia in birds
  • Dragana Ljubojevic - The role, importance and toxicity of arsenic in poultry nutrition
  • Luis Sarmiento Franco - Slow-growing male chickens fit poultry production systems with outdoor access


Toll like receptors and cytokines as immunostimulatory adjuvants in poultry vaccines: current status and future trends


In the face of reducing reliance on in-feed antibiotics, a greater emphasis has been placed on the development of vaccines. Adjuvants play important role in vaccine refinement. Apart from conventional adjuvants, others, like cytokines and toll-like receptors (TLR), have been evaluated experimentally. For example, Pam3CSK4, Polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid are used as immunostimulatory agents which upregulate the expression of type 1 IFNs against avian influenza. The use of TLR4 (lipopolysaccharide; LPS), TLR7 (Loxoribine) and TLR21 (CpG-ODN) agonists have shown good results when used as adjuvants with the avian influenza vaccine. The LPS (TLR4) was used as an adjuvant and liposome as intranasal antigen delivery system for Newcastle’s disease (NDV) antigen, which induced significant increases in secretary IgA in tracheal lavage fluid and serum IgG levels. In a challenge study it provided 80% protection against virulent challenge. When resiquimod (TLR7) was used as an adjuvant with inactivated NDV, this potentiated the protective response to 100% against virulent NDV challenge, while protection was only 80% in the vaccine alone group. When 64CpG-plasmids (TLR21) were co-administered with inactivated AIV H5N2 vaccine in chickens, it led to a higher HI titre at two and four weeks of age, and provided 100% protection against virulent challenge of avian influenza. The TLR 3 agonist (poly I:C) showed good results against NDV and avian reovirus. Other TLR agonists and cytokines used against NDV include LPS, loxoribine, CpG-ODN and ChIFN-α, IFN- γ (with an in ovo vaccine). Immunostimulatory adjuvants like LPS, chicken TLR21, have been tried with Marek’s disease vaccine, and TLR 5 agonist was used against Salmonella enteritidis and Eimeria tenella. Although the study of cytokines and TLRs in avian species is still in its infancy when compared to that of mammals, huge strides have been made in recent years. In this article, recent studies involving the assessment of immunostimulatory adjuvants in poultry are reviewed.

Machine learning application in growth and health prediction of broiler chickens


Artificial intelligence (AI) already represents a factor for increasing efficiency and productivity in many sectors, and there is a need for expanding its implementation in animal science. There is a growing demand for the development and use of smart devices at the farm level, which would generate enough data, which increases the potential for AI using machine learning algorithms and real-time analysis. Machine learning (ML) is a category of algorithm that allows software to become accurate in predicting outcomes without being explicitly programmed. The essential principle of machine learning is to construct algorithms that can receive input data and use statistical analysis to predict an output. Exploitation of machine learning approaches, by using different training inputs, derived the prediction accuracy of growth and body weight in broiler chickens that ranged from 98 to 99%. Furthermore, a neural network with an accuracy of 100% identified the presence or absence of ascites in broiler chickens, while the support vector machine (SVM) model obtained an accuracy rate of 99.5% in combination with machine vision for the recognition of healthy and bird flu-challenged chickens. Consequently, machine learning algorithms, besides accurate growth prediction of broiler chickens, can successfully contribute to health disorders prediction. It is obvious that machine learning has a great potential for application in the future. This paper analyses machine learning applications in broiler growth and health prediction, and its ability to cope with high inputs of data and non-linearity can successfully replace common methodology.

Does magnetised drinking water influence poultry’s health and production?


Water makes up over 98% of all molecules in the body and it is necessary for several biological processes. Water quality has been shown to influence animal’s performance. In recent years, interest in water treatment technology has increased, particularly in poultry. Magnetised water is one of water treatment that has attracted poultry researchers and breeders, due to its low cost compared to chemical and physical water treatments. Water magnetisation changes water properties, making it become more fluid, alkaline and energised. Unfortunately, the information detailed in the literature provides opposite views on the effect of magnetised water on poultry’s performance. However, magnetised water, particularly with high gauss (more than 1000 gauss/month) could improve health (immunity), growth (approximately +4 % in weight) for broilers and enhance some egg production traits for hens, such as eggshell thickness (approximately +9 %). This review provides information detailed in the existing literature on the influence of magnetised water on poultry health and production.

When pain and stress interact: looking at stress-induced analgesia and hyperalgesia in birds


Stress can exert modulatory effects on pain perception in animals, as exposure to a stressor can result in either the reduction or amplification of the perceived severity of pain. These phenomena are widely described as stress-induced analgesia (SIA) and stress-induced hyperalgesia (SIH). The two are mediated by the same underlying mechanisms, but occur due to different stressors and different responses from the pain pathway. SIA and SIH have been demonstrated with a variety of stress and pain stimuli in rodents, humans and other mammals. There is some evidence that SIA occurs in birds and that they have the neurological systems and brain regions necessary for SIH. Tonic immobility (TI) is related to SIA in mammals, and there is evidence avian brain is compatible with TI having analgesic effect, but it could have a hyperalgesic effect. This review looks at the mechanisms and evidence of SIA, SIH and TI in mammals and discusses evidence relating to the occurrence of these phenomena in birds.

The role, importance and toxicity of arsenic in poultry nutrition


Arsenic (As) is highly toxic element, even at very low concentrations in feed and drinking water. Its physiological role in poultry is well established, as it is essential for the synthesis of methionine metabolites including cysteine, even though it is a teratogenic and carcinogenic element. Paradoxically, recent studies have uncovered its nutritional value. The recommended amounts of As in poultry feed are between 0.012 and 0.050 mg/kg. Water is the primary route for the transfer of As and exposure of animals to its toxic effects. The available data on the impact of water contamination on the deposition of As in broiler tissues are rather scarce. The amount of As was 0.006-0.015 mg/kg in breast meat, 0.007-0.017 mg/kg in drumstick meat, 0.001-0.014 mg/kg in liver and 0.008-0.016 mg/kg in testicles of broilers at the end of a 42 day experiment after exposure to naturally contaminated drinking water. The toxic dose of As for poultry is between 40 and 50 mg/kg of poultry feed whereas the amount of 40 mg/kg leads to decreased egg production and the amount of 50 mg/kg leads to decreased feed consumption. Symptoms of chronic As exposure differ among individuals, populations and geographic regions, which suggests that there is no universal definition of symptoms associated with chronic As poisoning. Moreover, some individuals can tolerate high As, that is, levels that can be fatal for others. In wild birds, the content of As was the highest in meat of march hens (0.063 mg/kg), seagull muscle tissue (0.058 mg/kg), in meat from swans (0.022 mg/kg) and the white-tailed eagle (0.022 mg/kg). In this review, the essential role and toxicity of As in poultry nutrition is addressed with particular emphasis on its importance as a contaminant of poultry feed and products.

Slow-growing male chickens fit poultry production systems with outdoor access


Slow-growing, male chickens have been found to be a nutritious protein source with 24.73% protein in breast muscle. They have an acceptable carcass quality with at least 20% less abdominal fat, 3% more breast yield, and 3% more thigh yield than the birds raised in confinement. Similarly, slow-growing male chickens grown with outdoor access have a good bone quality with femur weight, length and diameter (16.5 g, 96.7 mm, and 8.61 mm, respectively). Considering fatty acid profile as a meat quality trait, breast muscles of slow-growing birds grown with outdoor access compared to those without such access have significantly higher polyunsaturated fatty acids level (3.85 vs. 3.36%), lower n6:n3 PUFA ratio (7.8 vs. 9.22) and lower saturated fatty acids content (26.29 vs. 28.73%). Raising slow-growing male chickens in production system with outdoor access has been confirmed to be beneficial for the animals, the producers, the consumers and the environment.

Branch News


Poultry for Healthy Living

11th International Poultry Show held in Dhaka

Bangladesh heading towards safe poultry production & export

A silent resurgence in poultry sector has portrayed a promising prospect of Bangladesh. Within four decades, investment in poultry sector has spiked from 179 million USD to 3.573 billion USD. Around 2.5 million direct and another 3.5 million indirect jobs were created, where women account for 40 per cent of the total workforce. This has led to the poultry industry being the second largest job creator in Bangladesh at present. The stakeholders, along with the concerned government agencies, are praising the local entrepreneurs for this remarkable success. They are also giving due credit to the 'International Poultry Show & Seminar', which has opened a new era of technological development.

The 11th International Poultry Show & Seminar was held in Dhaka from 5 March to 9 March with the slogan ‘Poultry for Healthy Living’. The poultry industry in Bangladesh is doing more than just providing food or meeting demands for animal protein; it is also generating employment opportunities, reducing poverty, helping to improve rural economy, empowering women, improving health etc. And all these are further contributing to achieving the National Goals as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Exhibitors, scientists, researchers, academics from 22 different countries around the globe and approximately ten million visitors witnessed a thriving poultry industry in Bangladesh in the 11th International Poultry Show & Seminar-2019. Two major goals were set in the seminar; (1) Antibiotic free eggs & chicken meat production by 2030 and (2) Poultry export from Bangladesh by 2024. The industry leaders predicted that the country would be able to generate approximately 50 billion BDT in investments within the next two years owing to the 11th International Poultry Show.

The 11th ‘International Poultry Seminar’ and the ‘International Poultry Show’ were held on separate dates and venues for the first time in Dhaka. The 'International Poultry Seminar' was held from 5th to 6th March at Hotel Le Meridien while the 'International Poultry Show' was held from 7th to 9th March at the International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB). 99 technical papers were presented in the seminar, out of which there were 45 oral and 54 poster presentations. Roughly around 230 local and international companies from 22 countries exhibited their products in 800 stalls in the poultry show. To attract attention of the general masses 'Egg & Chicken Selfie Contest', 'Poultry Cooking Contest' were also arranged. Two very prospective projects were also officially launched during the show on 8 March. The first, ‘Poultry Farmers' Enlightenment Project’ aims to provide technical support, renovate and upgrade existing farms along with setting-up model farms and gradually increasing their numbers all over the country for ensuring production of safe egg & chicken meat by the grassroots farmers. The second, ‘Youth Entrepreneurship Project’, aims to attract the youths in poultry farming & business in order to increase youth entrepreneurship in poultry sector. WPSA President Professor Dr Ning Yang, General Secretary Mr. Roel Mulder, WPSA-BB president Mr. Shamsul Arefin Khaled, Secretary Mr. Mahabub Hassan and BPICC president Mr. Moshiur Rhaman attended the inauguration ceremony of the two aforementioned projects.

Roundtable to strengthen ties between industry & media

The organizers- World's Poultry Science Association-Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB) and the Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council (BPICC), took series of programs targeting the show & seminar. With an aim of strengthening mutual cooperation between industry and the media, a roundtable with the Media Gatekeepers were arranged on 16 February at the Dhaka Intercontinental Hotel. The media gatekeepers said that even now, the Bangladeshi consumers are being misguided by misconceptions about poultry eggs & meat. Inconsistent findings of various studies, coming on media from time to time, are also confusing the general consumers. Their suggestion was to break the silence and talk about the health benefits of eggs & chicken meat using the private and public print & electronic media.

Roundtable: Poultry for Healthy Living

Another roundtable was held on 25 February at the National Press Club to discuss the existing challenges and to express commitment of the Bangladeshi poultry industry for producing safe eggs and chicken meat. The speakers in that roundtable said that the government’s main three targets were to implement the Vision 2021, graduate Bangladesh to a developing nation by 2024 and fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets by 2030. For this reason, only economic development was not enough rather the main aim was to ensure secure and nutritious food and establish a healthy nation. They said that the government needed to lay emphasis on improving the poultry industry for growing more food & animal protein to reduce poverty, malnutrition and to develop a healthy nation. The president of WPSA-BB Mr. Shamsul Arefin Khaled said, only 'rice' intake cannot ensure a healthy nation therefore intake of animal protein especially egg and chicken meat should be increased. According to him, Bangladesh is working to ensure production of antibiotic free poultry meat and eggs by 2030.

11th International Poultry Seminar

The poultry scientists and researchers of the 11th International Poultry Seminar argued that Bangladeshi poultry industry has the ability to improve production & supply of quality protein. They suggested to go for accelerating research, putting more emphasis on bio-security, enhancing capacity to combat new diseases and reducing cost of production. They pointed out the need of a socio-economic model of healthy living for Bangladesh and also making a brand of the Poultry industry in Bangladesh for future foray into the international market.

During the 1st day, Mr. G.L. Jain of the Venkatesshwara Research and Breeding Farms PVT. LTD, India, presented a paper on ‘Breeding strategies for broilers and layers under shifting paradigms’; Mr. Frank Siewerdt, of the Cobb-Vantress, Inc., USA presented a paper on ‘Genetic improvement of broiler chickens: a success story of efficiency and sustainability’; Milind Limaye of the CevaPolchem Private Ltd., India, presented a paper on’ Water quality management: mitigate the risk!’, Mr. O.P. Singh of the Huvepharma SEA (Pune) Pvt. Ltd., India, presented paper on ‘Emergence of Asian food basket – opportunities & challenges’; Mr Shariful Islam and Mr. Saiful Islam of the Bangladesh Brand Forum and Bangladesh Poultry Industries Central Council respectively presented a paper on ‘Poultry Sector Branding Strategy and Road Map 2024’; M. Giasuddin presented a paper on ‘Avian influenza A: prevalence and control strategies

in Bangladesh’; Mr. M. Nooruzzaman presented a paper on the ‘Emergence of a novel genotype of clade highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic poultry in Bangladesh’; Ms. J.A. Begum presented a paper on ‘Segment reassortment events between highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 and the recent H9N2 avian influenza viruses from Bangladesh’; Mr. M.M. Rahman presented a paper on ‘ Clinical features and economic impacts of H9N2 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) in commercial layer chickens in Bangladesh’; E.P. Calvo, presented a paper titled ‘ Effect of dietary supplementation with a novel microbial muramidase on growth performance of broiler chickens: a meta-analysis’; A. Junsey presented a paper titled ‘Effect of sodium butyrate protected with sodium salt of coconut fatty acids distillates on growth performance of broilers’; A.C. Mazumder presented a paper on ‘Effect of exogenous multi-protease on performance of commercial broilers’; M.T. Islam presented a paper titled ‘Supplementation of diet with microbial and thermo-stable 6-phytase with recommended and deficient Ca and P level on broiler performance’; D. Sapcota presented a paper titled ‘Effect of feeding Lactobacillus reuteri PIA16 isolated from the gastrointestinal tract of indigenous chicken of Assam, India on the productive performance of broiler chickens’; P. Krishnan presented a paper titled ‘Bacillus subtilis DSM 32315 supports the intestinal integrity of broiler chickens under necrotic enteritis challenge’; K. Palaniyandi presented a paper titled ‘Effect of in ovo injection of Lactobacillus acidophilus on the production and health performance of commercial broilers’; V.M. Shelke presented a paper titled ‘Comparative study of commercially available single and multi-strain probiotics in broiler performance’; M.A. Samad presented a paper titled ‘Advent of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6 virus in Bangladesh’; J. Alam presented a paper titled ‘Myxovirus resistance gene (Mx) diversity in chicken and exposure analysis to avian influenza virus’; T. Luupanyalerd presented a paper titled ‘Comparative Correlation between Bursa Bodyweight Index with different types of live infectious Bursal Disease Vaccines for Commercial Broilers in Thailand’; Marzia Rahman presented a paper titled ‘Molecular characterization of multidrug resistant Salmonella spp. and detection of multidrug resistance gene cassette class one Integron intl.’

The papers presented in Day-2 were:

  • ‘Chicken respiratory infections: differential diagnoses and control strategies’ by Kannan Ganapathy, University of Liverpool, UK
  • ‘Alternative to antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) in food animal production’ by R. Chanthirasekaran, Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health, Singapore
  • ‘Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – a one health problem and the need to dramatically decrease (prophylactic) antibiotic use in all parts of poultry production’ by C. J. Morrow, Bioproperties Pty Ltd., Australia
  • ‘Innovations for sustainable poultry nutrition’ by Leo den Hartog, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • ‘Nutritional technology adoption and sustainability of the poultry industry’ by Santiago Ramirez, DSM, Singapore
  • ‘Broiler-breeder ration formulation strategies to improve offspring performance’ by Shivaram Rao, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., USA
  • ‘The role of digital technology in food sustainability and healthy nutrition’ by Yiannis Christodoulou, Progressus, Thailand
  • How to feed and manage layers for long production cycle by P.G. Dumoulin
  • Gaining Greater Feed Intelligence and Reducing Feed Costs Through NIR Analysis by A. Criado
  • The effect of retinal and extra retinal photo stimulation by LED light on the performance, blood properties and meat qualities of broiler chicks by M.R. Hassan
  • Use of layer droppings for biogas production in combination with cow dung or water hyacinth by S.M. Amanullah
  • Accurate quantification of feed materials using LC-MS/MS method revolutionizes understanding of multi-mycotoxin occurrence regionally and globally by N. Adams
  • 2018 Worldwide Mycotoxin Occurrence in Feed Materials and Implications for Poultry Production by M. Muccio
  • Feed mill industry in Bangladesh: A recent survey in 2018 by M.M. Hossain
  • Poultry research and development in Bangladesh: Current scenario and future potential by N.R. Sarker
  • Effectiveness of yeast cell wall in layers on intestinal and ovarian colonization of Salmonella enteritidis by I. Barrows
  • Effects of resin acid composition on broiler performance in comparison to ionophoric in-feed coccidiostat by S. Hasan
  • Phytogenic growth promoter: A novel approach for sustainable poultry industry by Sanjib Khargharia
  • The effects of a phytogenic additive on the performance and intestinal morphology of broilers administered a coccidial vaccine in comparison to antibiotics by Anne Möddel
  • Commercial potentials of locally developed meat type chicken strains: On-farm performance of parents by M.B.R. Mollah
  • Performance of Multi Colour Table Chicken Developed By Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute by M. A. Rashid
  • Conservation and Improvement of Native Chicken: Performance of Sixth Generation by ShakilaFaruque
  • The polymorphisms in microphthalmia associated transcription factor (MITF) gene related to duck’s meat quality traits by A.A. Bhuiyan

 International Poultry Show

The World's Poultry Science Association- Bangladesh Branch is in first place with the highest number of members, said WPSA President Professor Dr Ning Yang. The WPSA-BB president on the other hand claimed that the 11th International Poultry Show was the biggest show of the Sub-continent and would proceed to be the biggest show in Asia in days to come.

The 11th International Poultry Show commenced on 7 March with an inauguration ceremony. The Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak, MP, attended the ceremony as the Chief Guest while Kazi Wasi Uddin, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, attended as the Special Guest. Dr Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik, Director General, Department of Livestock Services (DLS), and Dr Nathu Ram Sarker, Director General, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI), were the Guests of Honour. The Keynote paper was presented by Dr ABM Abdullah, Former Dean of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Dr Abdur Razzak, MP, said, ‘The government is laying heavy emphasis on the poultry sector as the country wants to be a self-sufficient protein producer. Not quantity but the quality is our prime goal. We want to supply safe food for all.’

Dr ABM Abdullah said the poultry meat and eggs can play vital role in fulfilling protein deficiency. There are myths about poultry meat and eggs but he opinioned that they were safe for the human body, even for patients with heart diseases and hypertension. Eggs contain good cholesterols, vitamins and micronutrients, therefore everyone should intake at least one egg every day; Dr Abdullah advised.

Dr Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik said, poultry is supplying protein to all at an affordable cost. BPICC President Moshiur Rahman expressed that the investment in poultry industry will be double within the next decade. He urged the government to cut taxes on maize and other raw materials to facilitate the growth of the local industry. He also demanded unhindered supply of vaccines and permission to produce them locally.

WPSA-BB President Shamsul Arefin Khaled said, ‘Once upon a time we were known as the Bangali with rice & fish, but in the future we will be known as the Bangali with egg, fish and meat.’

Closing ceremony

The 3-day 11th International Poultry Show ended with plans of coming back once in 2021 with greater intensity and higher impact. WPSA-BB president Mr. Shamsul Arefin Khaled expressed his hope to start poultry export by 2024 as the local producers are expecting a major shift from antibiotic to probiotic and bio-security. The State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock (MOFL) Mr. Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, MP, said in his speech as the chief guest of the closing ceremony that the govt. is also keen about safe poultry production and has enacted the National Livestock Development Policy, Poultry Development Policy, Fish Feed & Animal Feed Act 2010, and the Food Safety Act, 2013.

Raisul Alam Mondal, Secretary, MOFL, marked the price spiral of poultry raw materials as a big challenge. He also said that the rapid development of antimicrobial resistance urges the need for effective strategies to reduce antibiotic use in animal health production systems. He also said the government has taken initiatives for exporting poultry products to abroad particularly in the Middle East countries and is going to prepare the guideline and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for exporting poultry meat and meat products.

Vice-Chancellor of the Bangladesh Agriculture University, Professor Dr Mohammad Ali Akbar emphasized on the nutrition sensitive economic growth.

Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque, Chairman of the Food Safety Authority proposed to build modern slaughter house and phasing out live bird markets.

DG, Livestock Dr Hiresh Ranjan Bhowmik emphasized on banning unauthorized selling of antibiotics by the drug shops.

BPICC President Mr. Moshiur Rahman opined that investment worth BDT 50 billion in poultry sector will be increased within the next two years with the influence of the 11th international poultry show & seminar. Mr. Rahman urged the government to give subsidy on pro-biotic and pre-biotic import for the sake of safe poultry production.


The poultry industry of Bangladesh is growing fast. The local entrepreneurs are confident that if they get necessary support from the government, further investment will not be a problem. They have faith in their indigenous skills & techniques which will help them to compete with the global giants. However, they need various kinds of support, such as, advanced technology and research. In this regard, the foreign companies might prove to be helpful.

The 11th international poultry show was significantly bigger than the 10th show and the 11th international poultry seminar was of a higher standard than the previous ones in all aspects, including the depth of issues, quality of papers and level of resource persons and participants etc.

Unity among the Bangladeshi entrepreneurs is their biggest strength. The emergence of local big companies, young & promising entrepreneurs, quality education & institutions are some of the other major factors which will help Bangladesh in keeping a strong base in the local market and also help them to transition into the international market.

The international poultry show and seminar that takes place once every two years is a tool to be geared up with innovative technologies and ideas. The 11th show and seminar may have ended but the Bangladeshi Poultry Industry has started a new movement with a new vision. The silver jubilee of this exhibition might be held in the next term on 2021. The poultry world might once again be delighted to see Bangladesh, its success and the Unity of Bangladeshi Poultry Stakeholders.


The 19th Chinese Poultry Science Conference (CPSC) will be held on September 18–21, 2019 in Jinan, Shandong, CHINA. This conference is co-hosted by Poultry Branch of Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAAV-PS)and World’s Poultry Science Aassociation China Branch (WPSA-CN). The conference is held every two years, which is major events in Chinese poultry industry which attract over 1,500 delegates at last conference in 2017. We also have some foreign delegates from Southeast Asia and East Asia regions after WPC2016. 

The informations of the XIX CPSC can be seen on the website of CAAV-PS


The French Branch of WPSA elected four new members to its board. Christophe Bostvironnois was re-elected as president and Michel Duclos elected as Secretary (see The Branch is actively involved in the preparation of IFRG2019 (August, 28-30, 2019) in Tours,

World's Poultry Congress 2020

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The WPC2020 (August, 16-20, 2020) in Paris will target the objective of « Integrating knowledge for sustainable and diversified poultry productions ». The detailed programme is under discussion with the international Scientific Committee. On day 1 and 4, plenary lectures will address global challenges. On day 2 and 3, parallel sessions will feature at least four multidisciplinary ‘object oriented’ sessions in the morning and up to seven specialised sessions in the afternoon. Several early sponsors are already supporting the event and further applications are welcome.

Abstract submission and early bird registration to WPC2020 will be open from September 1st to December 31st, 2019. Watch for regular information.

Michel DUCLOS Secretary of WPSA-France


The Hungarian Poultry Board and the Hungarian Branch of the WPSA jointly organised a conference on the 3rd of May 2019. That included discussions on several ‘Contemporary issues facing poultry production’. The meeting was held in Budapest in the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle.
Over 180 participants represented the majority of Hungary’s large producers, processing enterprises, commercial companies, service specialists etc. of all sectors of the poultry industry. Over 40 attendees were actively involved and in the research and development discussed.
The opening presentation was made by Zsolt Feldman, State Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, emphasizing the importance of the poultry industry in the national economy. During 2018 the poultry sector produced 14 % of the total Hungarian agricultural production value, and its output is growing. He announced that in April an Hungarian-Chinese agreement was signed and the exports of poultry meat to China will be possible.
Birthe Steenberg, (chief secretary of AVEC) in her presentation gave an overview of the global situation regarding poultry meat production and consumption. Detailed situation and forecasts were presented for the various regions of the World. Nan Dirc Mulder (Rabobank) focused his lecture on the possible direct and side effects of the African Swine Fewer epidemic in China which is causing drastic increases in imports of all kinds of meat unprecedented in its volume in the past. The European and Hungarian poultry industry has to be prepared to face this new situation. It seems probable that as the export market increases that domestic prices will rise too as a consequence. Attila Forgács (Corvinus University) informed the audience that according to their latest survey based on large samples of young people in Hungarythat they prefer poultry (chicken turkey) meat in their diets, pork preference shows a clear diminishing tendency. Imre Horváth Papp (Pannon and Poultry Service) summarised several very practical useful methods to efficiently decrease the use of antibiotics in poultry rearing.
At the end of the conference ‘The Hungarian Poultry Industry Award’ was presented to Prof Zoltán Sütő (Univ. Kaposvár) for his contributions enhancing the improvement of Hungarian poultry science and the Industry. The award was presented by Attila Csorbai the director of the Hungarian Poultry Board.

The conference was chaired by Prof Peter Horn

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The Israeli branch will hold a one-day Poultry Science Symposium on June 19th, 2019 at the Volcani Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture. The symposium will focus on the following topics:

  • Examining Efficiency of different Means taken to Reduce Salmonella Infections.
  • Broiler Breeders: Male Reproductive Traits Influenced by Red, Blue and Green Light.
  • Report on the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN 2019) held in Gdansk: Innovations and Conclusions.
  • Aspects related to Kosher Slaughtering of Poultry.
  • Domestic Issues concerning Poultry Policy and the newly elected Government.

We expect to host about 100 participants from all disciplines of the Israel poultry sector: academia and research institutes, poultry producers, veterinary services, slaughterhouse administrators, extension service, and commercial companies serving the industry.

Yitzhak Malka, Israel Branch Secretary


The Italian Branch of WPSA organised the 55th edition of its annual meeting that dealt with ‘Microbiota: perspectives and applications in poultry production chain' on last April 6th in Forlì in conjunction with the 51st International Poultry Exhibition Fair. This emerging topic was explored thanks to the contributions of prestigious international speakers such as Patrizia Brigidi (University of Bologna), Daniel Borda Molina (University of Hohenheim), Gerardo Manfreda (University of Bologna), Zoi Prentza (University of Thessaly, Greece) and Daniel Petri (BIOMIN Holding GmbH).

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2021 espnWhile the 22th edition of European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) is about to take place in Poland, Italian Branch is already working on the organization of the next edition which will be held in Rimini (September, 19-22, 2021). 

Massimiliano Petracci, Secretary, Italian Branch of WPSA



The Malaysian Branch will co-organise the following International Conference as one of its main activities for 2019.


Dates: 24-28 June 2019
Venue: Marriott Hotel, Putrajaya.
Theme: Enhancing Global Health & Wealth.

Please refer to Malaysian website ( ) for more information about our past and future activities.

Assoc Prof Dr Jalila Abu
Honorary Secretary WPSA (Malaysia)


1-Poultry Science CLUB, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi Pakistan and World’s Poultry Science Association Pakistan Branch conducted a joint meeting session for the future Calendar program in Pakistan. The meeting session was chair by Vice President of WPSA-Pakistan Branch Dr Nasir Mukhtar. The meeting was Co-Cahir by Mr. Haseeb Akram Director Punjab Poultry Breeders Rawalpindi-Pakistan. Dr Farhan Farooq –General Secretary -WPSA-PK -Northern Zone also highlight the historical background and achievement of World’s Poultry Science Association - Pakistan Branch. The President of Poultry Science CLUB Dr. Sher Yar Jan also highlight the role of Poultry Science CLUB for the welfare of students and for the betterment of Pakistan Poultry Industry. The WPSA-Student Counsellor Dr Awais Anwar also highlight the importance of joint activities of WPSA and PSC at Country levels. It was decided that WPSA-Pakistan Branch and Poultry Science Club, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi Pakistan will be organized a large number of technical seminars and activities related to poultry science for the awareness of students and for the betterment of Pakistan Poultry Industry.

2-Under branch development proposal WPSA-Pakistan Branch organized the one day technical 2nd WPSA Seminar on ‘Broiler Breeder Essentials’ on 11 March-2019 at Dr M Akram Complexs -Department of Poultry Production- University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Lahore Pakistan. The main objective of this course is to prepare the participants for the successful Broiler breeder operation through better management and emergent skills. Emergent poultry related titles was discussed by eminent poultry professionals. First lectures ‘Importance of Broiler Breeder Industry in Pakistan’ was delivered by Prof. Dr Athar Mahmud-Department of Poultry Production – UVAS Lahore Pakistan. Second lecture ‘The Intellectual Working Groups for Emergent Poultry’ was presented by Dr. Nasir Mukhtar-Assistant Professor Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi Pakistan. Third lectures ‘Early stage essentials for optimum flock performance’ was presented by Haseeb Akran Director Punjab Poultry Breeder-Pakistan. Fourth lecture ‘Flock Health Monitoring’ was presented by Dr. Abdul Rashid Shaukat-GM Sabir’s Poultry Lahore Pakistan. Fifth lecture ‘Assisted reproductive technology in Broiler Breeder’ was delivered by Dr Farhan Farooq- Director KK Chicks Islamabad – Pakistan. Seventh lecture ‘Nutrition for Optimal Fertility and Hatchability’ was delivered by Dr. Muhammad Athar-GM Hitech Feed Lahore Pakistan. The last lecture ‘Male Management and Welfare’ was delivered by Dr Javid Iqbal Technical Consultant Rawalpindi Pakistan. At the end of seminar the certificates were distributed to 107 participants.

3- Third WPSA Seminar on ‘Role of WPSA in Poultry Education and Information’ was organized by WPSA-Pakistan Branch – Women Wing on 12 March-2019 at Faculty of Veterinary Sciences-University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan. The chief guest of the seminar was Prof. Dr Zafar Iqbal Vice Chancellor and the Chief organizer of the seminar was the Dr Muhammad Kashif Saleemi Assistant Professor / Treasurer of WPSA Pakistan Branch. The Vice President of WPSA-Pakistan Branch- Women Wing - Dr Fareeha Talha deliver a lecture on the Role of Women Veterinarian in Poultry Industry and Education. A large group of women veterinarian participated in the seminar.

4- Forthcoming events of World’s Poultry Science Association - Pakistan branch
a- 4th WPSA Seminar on ‘Emergent Ventilation Skills for Poultry’ will be organized at The University of Peshawar Pakistan
b- 5th WPSA ‘Layer Quality Seminar’ will be organized at Institute of Dairy and Animal Sciences- University of Agriculture Faisalabad-Pakistan
c- 6th WPSA ‘Broiler Quality Seminar’ will be organized at Faculty of Veterinary Sciences – Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan


As the WPSA Turkish Branch, we are very busy preparing for the XVIII. European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products and the XXIV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat between that will take place from 23 -26 June 2019 in Çeşme.

Çeşme is a coastal town situated at the westernmost point of the Anatolian peninsula and is surrounded on three sides by the Aegean Sea. It is a prominent centre of international tourism in Turkey, famous its excellent holiday accommodations, restaurants, entertainment facilities and beaches. Çeşme is an excellent starting point if you want to explore the surrounding area on short day trips. It lies only 80 km from Izmir, the third-largest city of Turkey, and the impressive ruins of the fabled ancient city of Ephesus are just an hour and a half away. We expect very large attendance for these symposia with participants coming from all over the world.
Our branch president Prof. Dr Rüveyde Akbay will join the ‘10th 'Hafez' International Symposium on Turkey Production’ in Berlin between 6-8 June 2019.
Another activity of our branch will be attendance at the VIV TURKEY 2019 conference that will be held in Istanbul between June 13-15, 2019 by all of our executive committee. It will provide a good opportunity for meeting friends from several WPSA branches from around the World.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Cengizhan Mızrak, Branch Secretary

Assoc. Prof. Dr Cengizhan Mızrak, Secretary of the WPSA Turkish Branch

United Kingdom

33rd Poultry Science Symposium

The proposal for the 33rd Poultry Science Symposium is to discuss the topics of prebiotics, probiotics and the poultry microbiome, against the background of a post-antibiotic era. The tentative date for the 33rd PSS would be August 2020, with the preferred venue of Cambridge. As further planning progresses more details will appear on the WPSA UK website at

Jackie Linden, UK Branch Secretary


The USA Branch will again co-host along with the Canada Branch the annual WPSA Lecture at the Poultry Science annual meeting at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Monday July 15t h at 8:45 a.m. Dr Michelle H- Tixier-Bouchard from INRA in France will provide the lecture entitled: ‘From the Jungle Fowl to Highly Performing Chickens. Are we reaching the limits?' We hope that many of you take the opportunity to attend this timely lecture.

Dr Bob Buresh, Secretary, USA Branch


WPSA Calendar

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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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