|Volume 48, September 2019||Newsletter Editor: Dr G.B. Havenstein,|
World's Poultry Congres 2020
16-20 August, Paris, France
During the XXVI World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France in 2020 Scholarship Awards for respectively the WPSA Paul B. Siegel Research Award and the WPSA Education Award are going to be presented.
International Poultry Hall of Fame
The next presentation of members for the International Poultry Hall of Fame (IPHF) will take place at the next World’s Poultry Science Congress in Paris, France in 2020.
Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay Competition
At the latest Board meeting, held during the Poultry Science Association (PSA) meeting in Montréal, Canada, it was decided to start the Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay competition.
Nominating Advisory Committee (NAC)
Preparations are underway for the formation of a Nominating Advisory Committee (NAC), which committee is in charge of seeking candidates for the WPSA Board 2020-2024. The NAC will be chaired by Dr Mamduh Sifri. Branches and members can propose candidates for the offices of President, five Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer.
Updates on the above mentioned topics will be publsihed on the WPSA website under the heading !! WPC2020 !!.
Abstract Submission and Registration for WPC2020
Abstract submission and registration for WPC2020 are open. Click here for details.
Board meeting Montreal, Canada
The WPSA board met during the Poultry Science Association (PSA) meeting in Montreal. The WPSA lecture organized by the Canada and USA branch was given by Dr Michelle Tixier, France: From jungle fowl to highly performing chickens: are we reaching the limits?
One of the decisions by the board was to continue the Scholarship awards after 2020. These awards were originally initiated by the Foundation for Promoting Poultry Science part of the Netherlands branch of WPSA. The name of the WPSA Research award will change to WPSA Paul B. Siegel Research award.
Another decision was to start the Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay competition. Five travel awards ($2000 each) will be made available on a competitive basis to full time graduate students for attendance at the XXVI World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France, 16-20 August 2020. The original essay of up to 2000 words should address the topic ‘The possible role of the World’s Poultry Science Association in education’. The 5 winners should come from different continents, they have to be a member in 2019 and must be between the ages of 18-30.
The details for this Cliff D. Carpenter International Essay competition can be found on www.wpsa.com/wpc2020.
World’s Poultry Congress 2020 Paris, France
Preparations are underway for the Council meeting during the next WPC. Branches have been informed on the application procedures for the WPSA Paul B. Siegel research award, the WPSA education award, the International Poultry Hall of Fame, and the Nominating Advisory Committee, which committee is in charge of seeking candidates for the WPSA board 2020-2024. For the latter branches and members can propose candidates. Further information and all guidelines are available on the WPSA website, under !! WPC2020 !!.
WPSA presence at exhibitions and conferences
WPSA will be present during many events later this year (branch meetings and the European Symposium on Poultry Genetics, Prague, Czech Republic) and in 2020 (IPPE, Atlanta, USA, the Mediterranean Poultry Summit, 25-27 March 2020, Cordoba, Spain, VIV MEA, Abu Dhabi, UAE, VICTAM Asia & Animal Health and Nutrition Asia and the 1st Poultry Nutrition symposium 25-26 March 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand).
Promotional materials of WPSA, the World’s Poultry Science Journal, WPC 2020 in Paris, France, 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 the WPSA Calendar. Members and all interested persons are invited to attend the events and to meet many other WPSA members and representatives.
WPSA World’s Poultry Science Journal
Starting 2020 the World’s Poultry Science Journal will be hosted and produced by Taylor and Francis Publishers.
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 www.wvepah.org. All activities will also be announced on our website and in the WPS Journal.
Dr Roel Mulder
Report of the Treasurer at the latest Board Meeting
The Association started 2018 with a beginning balance of $2,140,279, significantly larger than the $2,005,718 budgeted. Dues income increased slightly from the previous year to $113,438 and was greater than the $110,000 budgeted. Payments from Sponsors and Advertisers totalled $111,975, falling short of the budgeted $126,000. Journal Sales income was $52,536, less than in 2017, but still greater than the budgeted $45,000.
Earnings on investments totalled $134,347, a figure nicely above the previous year and well above the $65,000 budgeted. Total income (excluding investment income) was $279,052, lower than both 2018 income and the budgeted $281,000.
Expenses associated with the Journal were $90,062, less than the $103,400 budgeted, The Journal expenses are artificially low since both our printer, Content Innovators, and the company mailing hard copies of our Journal, DHL, each only produced invoices for 3 of the 4 2018 Journal issues.
The General Operation category included costs associated with day-to-day, operations, as well as officer travel, honoraria, and tax preparation. Total of all the expenses falling under General Operations was $115,037, slightly higher than the total in 2017. It exceed the under-budgeted $77,000. For the Association’s Special Programmes (Travel Grants, Speakers’ Bureau, Branch Development, Support for Federations & Networks, and New Programmes) $37,041 was expended. This was more than spent on the same programmes in 2017, but far below the $100,000 budgeted.
Total of all expenses was $242,140 vs the $280,400 budgeted. The Association’s gain from continuing operations was $36,912 vs the $4,872 loss of 2017, but less than the gain of $65,600 budgeted. Some $14,000 in 2018 Journal expense invoices were received in 2019. If Content Innovators and DHL had invoiced on time, our gain from continuing operations would have been less.
The ending balance on all accounts was $2,056,475 vs the $2,071,318 budgeted. The WPSA portfolio at Edward Jones had an unrealized loss of $254.011. Certainly this was a reflection of the stock market drop at the end of 2018. The markets in the United States experienced the worst December since 1931. As always, we should not analyse the performance of the WPSA portfolio in a vacuum. Certainly the -5.98% rate of return was not what any member would hope for, but it does not look bad when compared to other indices. The -5.96% is a net return on the WPSA portfolio which has an international mix of investments. The S&P 500 is uncosted, on strictly American investments, and its rate of return was -7.0%. The rate of return for the NASDAQ (global and uncosted) was -4.6%.
The Treasurer shared the report of the Review of the Books Committee, which was positive in its findings.
Even with the historic stock market plunge in December 2018, the Association’s portfolio and treasury are in good shape. The balanced approach to investment continues to pay off. The Association has monies available for supporting existing and new programmes. The short fall is in the submission of worthy proposals. Finally, the repeated call is that continuing timely payment of dues, support from the poultry and allied industries, and conservative spending are key to the future of WPSA.
“As WPSA Treasurer, it was a great pleasure for me to see some of our WPSA Travel Grant-sponsored recipients at the Poultry Science Association (PSA) Meetings in Montreal, Canada. These students were wonderful representatives of their home WPSA Branches and took full advantage of the PSA Program of scientific sessions and events.
As we move into the autumn, I look forward to meeting more of our student members and prospective WPSA student members at events in both North and South America.”
|Mr Noel Mendoza Cesareo (Mexico) with Dr Francine Bradley||Mrs Carolina Resendiz Nava (Mexico) with the new Secretary of the Mexico Branch, Mr Gerardo Nava|
Other Travel Grant recipients for the PSA meeting were: Mrs Anna Nguyen (Australia), Mrs Chunning Mai (China) and Mr Chaoliang Wen (China).
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 2019 we approved proposals from France, Turkey and Togo.
For more information click here.
Next deadline for submission of Branch Development Proposals is January 1st.
World's Poultry Congress 2020, Paris, France
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:
• Breeding and Genetics
• Egg Quality
• Poultry Meat Quality
• Hygiene and Pathology
• Poultry Welfare and Management
• Education and Information
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. 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.
Michèle Tixier Boichard
The European Federation has numerous conferences planned between now and the end of 2021. A list of most of our upcoming conferences may be found on the WPSA Calendar at www.wpsa.com.
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 the 7th European Round Tabel on Poultry Economics 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.
There will be four sessions on zootechnical performance and economics, marketing as well as 14 country reports from European member states as well as from Canada and Finland.
Thursday, October 10th afternoon, a ‘public meeting’ is planned: We hereby cordially invite all WPSA members to join this session. Please find the tentative program below.
Friday afternoon, an excursion to a poultry farm / company will be organized.
Wednesday October 9th (afternoon), Thursday 10th, Friday 11th 2019
Round table venue:
University of Vechta – Driverstr. 22, 49377 Vechta, Germany
Peter van Horne, Wageningen Economic Research, Box 35. 6700 AA Wageningen
Phone: +31.317.484645, mail:
Registration and further information:
The costs for registration will between 50 to 100 euro
Participants will be WPSA members of all European Branches. Every participant will be responsible for his own travel and hotel expenses. The organizer has given some advice on accommodation and travel by public transport. Please contact Barbara in terms of any questions.
Thursday, October 10th 2019
9.00 - 12.30 Session 2. Marketing
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 16.30 Afternoon program – public meeting
Venue: University of Vechta
Room: B 1, Driverstr. 22, 49377 Vechta
Opening by University of Vechta
Welcome by WPSA Germany
Future Poultry production
Competitiveness of the EU poultry meat and egg sector.
Peter van Horne, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands
Future and challenges of poultry meat exports in developing countries: Insights into the IMMPEX project.
NN Thuenen Institute
Update on recent patterns on consumer and production trends in the USA
Maro Ibarburu-Blanc, USA
Development dynamics of the European poultry market
ND Mulder, Rabobank, the Netherlands
Clean meat – the end of poultry production?
NN, Wiesenhof Germany
19.00 Dinner at Restaurant
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 www.espg2019.org 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
XVIII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products and XXIV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat
In June 2019, the Turkish branch of WPSA organized the traditional Symposia about meat and egg quality in Cesme Izmir, Turkey. The Symposia included attendees from 29 different countries. The scientific programme included two plenary sessions with four invited speakers. Each symposium had six main sessions with invited speakers, short oral presentations, 5-minutes oral presentations and poster presentations. A total of 103 papers were presented during the symposia (40 on eggs and 63 on meat). The organizing committee supported 13 young scientists from 7 different countries: India, Italy, Iran, Czech Republic, China, Poland, and Turkey. Prof. Julie Roberts had a meeting with those students and gave a speech on ‘Egg quality measurements’.
During the Symposia, the European Federation Working Groups 4 (Eggs and Egg Products Quality) and 5 (Meat Quality) held their meetings. Their agenda included a discussion on the next EggMeat Symposia, for which the Polish Branch of WPSA presented a candidature as organizers, and also an update on WPC2020, which will take place in Paris (France), 16-20 August 2020.
Poultry Meat Quality
The next ‘XXV European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat’ will be organised by the Polish Branch on June 2021. We will look forward to seeing all of you there. Prominent invited speakers from American and European Institutions will address emerging issues on poultry meat and egg production. A new website will be developed and registration information will be provided in the near future.
WG6 & WG12
WG6 Incubation and Fertility Research Group (IFRG)
WG12 Fundamental Physiology & Perinatal Development (PDP) in Poultry
The French Branch of WPSA organized and hosted 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, France, on August, 28 to 30, 2019, at hotel ‘Univers’.
On behalf of the World Poultry Science Association - Federation of European Branches, the Institute of Poultry Diseases, Free University of Berlin, held and organized the 10th ‘Hafez’ International Symposium on Turkey Production and Health (Meeting of the Working group 10 - Turkey) from the 6th - 8th June 2019 in Berlin.
The aim of the symposium was to stimulate the exchange of current information and ideas related to turkey production and health, as well as to focus the attention on specific problems and the encouragement of new approaches to solve them.
During the symposium, 26 oral presentations were made in the seven main sections of the symposium. Topics were devoted to turkey production and health including new technologies in turkey breeding and turkey meat quality. Other papers related to turkey feeding programmes and welfare considerations were also presented. These included the effects of beak trimming, environmental enrichment, rearing management, light, and stress, as well the effect of stocking density on animal welfare and performance. Other papers dealt with current health problems and their diagnosis, and problems related to antibiotic resistance and methods for controlling that resistance. In addition, papers related to two notifiable turkey diseases, namely NewCastle and Avian Influenza, as well as general prophylaxis and control measures to control turkey diseases were presented.
Eighty-one scientists and experts from 15 countries (Austria, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America) attended the symposium.
It is my sincere pleasure to acknowledge all the speakers for their co-operation and willingness to share their expertise with the global family of turkey experts and producers.
Finally yet importantly, I would like to express my gratitude to all individuals who worked in the planning and co-ordination of this event, especially the staff of the Institute of Poultry Diseases at the Free University Berlin.
The 11th ‘Hafez’ International Symposium on Turkey Production will be hold in Berlin, Germany; May/June 2021. I hope to see you in Berlin.
Prof. Dr H.M. Hafez, Institute of Poultry Diseases, Free University Berlin,
Chair of the WG 10, WPSA - Federation of European Branches
Asia Pacific Federation
The host for the upcoming 12th APPC was named during the General Meeting, and the China Branch will host that event.
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 (www.mpn-wpsa.org ) is sent out. Following are several tentative dates for you to plan for this conference.
|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|
Carlos Garcés Narro <>
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
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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.
Articles in upcoming Journal(s)
- Usama Aftab - Energy and amino acid requirement of broiler chickens: keeping pace with the genetic progress
- Huseyin Yilmaz - Current scenario of viral diseases in Turkish poultry industry
- Wenhao Wang - Research advances of adipocyte differentiation in poultry
- Hristo Lukanov - Domestic quail (Coturnix japonica domestica), is there such farm animal?
- Shai Barbut - Recent myopathies in broiler's breast meat fillets
- Idrus Zulkifli - Response of broilers to reduced-protein diets under heat stress conditions
- Alagawany - Fertility and hatchability in duck eggs
- Rituparna Banerjee - Technological investigation into duck meat and its products - a potential alternative to chicken
- Johanna Pawlowska - Factors affecting chick quality in Poland
- Dong Yong Kil - Lutein-enriched egg production for laying hens
Energy and amino acid requirements of broiler chickens: keeping pace with the genetic progress
Today’s broiler is characterised by faster-, leaner-growth. A large part of this progress is attributed to the genetic selection that had, and continues to improve growth rate and composition of gain at steady pace. As an illustration of such increases in performance, 2.3 kg live gain (slaughter weight) has been reduced from requiring 52 days in 1995 to 36 days in 2017 - a reduction of 0.73 days per year. In addition, meat yield has increased as a proportion of the carcass, being 12% of body weight in the year 1957 and increasing to 20% in 2001 Recent work in 2017 using high density diets has shown to capacity of birds to attain an FCR of 1.19 at 2500 g live BW. Current research suggests that the optimum level of energy may be well below the recommendation by the primary breeders. For example, reducing energy from 100 to 92.5% (around -200 kcal/kg of diet) resulted in only 2 points loss in body weight corrected FCR. Indeed, very recent work showed that a similar reduction of -200 kcal/kg feed in finisher AME resulted in similar, or higher gains and breast yield while having no effect on FE. Published data regarding the balance between energy and protein in feed suggests an optimum AA density between 100 to 120% of breeder recommendations. It can be therefore suggested that today’s broiler needs a higher ratio of essential amino acids to energy. In addition to a net increase in the absolute requirement of amino acids, there is an argument for higher dietary ratio of lysine: essential amino acids which will support increased meat production and may better fit modern broiler genetics.
Current scenario of viral diseases in Turkish poultry industry
E. BAYRAKTAR, S. UMAR, A. YILMAZ, N. TURAN and H. YILMAZ
The Turkish poultry industry has rapidly developed in the last decade. Viral pathogens continue to threaten the industry, causing economic losses worldwide, including in Turkey. At present, infectious bronchitis and infectious laryngotracheitis are major challenges, as are, to a lesser extent, avian metapneumovirus, infectious bursal disease, Marek’s disease and chicken infectious anaemia. The prevalence and severity of these diseases in Turkish chickens varies depending on environmental and management factors, vaccination strategies and biosecurity measures. In Turkey, infectious bronchitis virus, including vaccine and field strains, were detected in 83.6% (41/49) and 64.2% (9/14) vaccinated broiler and layer flocks, respectively. Virulent and vaccine strains of infectious bursal disease virus were found in 83.5% (1548/1855) of excised bursa Fabricius from vaccinated broilers. Virulent Marek’s disease virus was found in 19.93% (120/620) of spleens from vaccinated chickens. Infectious laryngotracheitis virus in commercial poultry and Newcastle disease in backyard chickens have been detected. To date, Newcastle disease and avian influenza virus have not been reported in commercial poultry. Avian metapneumovirus was found in 7.2% (8/110) of the broiler samples. Antibodies to gyrovirus and avian leukosis virus have been detected. Commercial vaccines, such as attenuated, inactivated and vectored vaccines, are being used for prevention and control of viral poultry diseases in Turkey. This review summarises the available information on viral poultry diseases in Turkey. It highlights the need to strengthen surveillance and reporting for diseases and addresses the vaccination practices used in Turkish poultry industry. The future prospects of vaccination and need to empower diagnostic capacity in controlling viral poultry diseases are discussed. The information presented here is aimed at improving research, prevention, and control of poultry diseases for researchers, veterinarians, policy makers and other professions related to poultry industry.
Research advances of adipocyte differentiation in poultry
Preadipocytes are distinct precursor cells with the ability to generate and differentiate into adipocytes - a process that is regulated by a variety of genes. Adipocyte differentiation has been extensively studied in mammals; however, little is known about adipocyte differentiation in poultry. This review summarises the isolation, in vitro culture and characterisation of poultry preadipocytes. The most commonly used method for isolating primary preadipocytes is collagenase digestion and the cells are cultured in an incubator with 5% CO2 at 37°C. Preadipocytes of most species can differentiate into mature adipocytes using a combination of growth factors (a so-called ‘hormone cocktail’), which include 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX), dexamethasone (DEX) and insulin. Only the addition of a fatty acid mixture, transferrin, insulin and albumin induced primary preadipocyte differentiation, indicating that exogenous fatty acids are key factors that influence this process in chickens. As for the molecular regulation of poultry preadipocytes, studies have found several transcription factors that regulate adipose differentiation, which included peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), CCAAT/enhancer binding proteins (C/EBPs) and sterol response element-binding proteins (SREBPs). These transcription factors have been shown to regulate adipocyte differentiation by affecting the expression levels or activity of target genes.
Domestic quail (Coturnix japonica domestica), is there such farm animal?
Around 10% of all table eggs number in the world come from quail and their meat represents about 0.2% of the global poultry production. The domestic quail population involved in production of meat and eggs represents around 11.8% of all productive birds, placing them second after laying hens. China, Spain, France, Italy, Brazil, the USA and Japan are global leading countries in quail farming. Contemporary domesticated Japanese quail, widely used in agricultural practice, originate from wild Japanese breeds (C. japonica). The wild Asian quail is similar to common quail (Coturnix coturnix) and until recently, was accepted as its subspecies (Coturnix coturnix japonica). In the scientific literature, several names for domestic quail are available, so readers can easily become confused as to which species is really meant - wild, domesticated or common quail. In order to avoid confusion of names and to emphasise changes resulting from domestication, the term ‘domestic quail’ and its corresponding Latin name Coturnix japonica domestica is more appropriate. Within the EU legal framework, domestic quail should be included in parallel to other domestic fowl species.
Recent myopathies in broiler’s breast meat fillets
Incidences of myopathies such as white striping (WS), woody breast (WB) and spaghetti meat (SP) in breast meat from young broilers have been observed globally over the past decade. Some industry reports suggest up to 20% WB occurrence in fast growing heavy broilers (~4.0 kg) with an estimated cost of more than US$500 million/year to the US industry alone, but may actually be far higher. The proportions and severity of the anomaly appear to be flock-dependent and are related to factors such as genetics, nutrition (e.g. protein level during the fast-growing phase), growth rate, activity of the birds at young age, sudden bursts of activity, number of embryonic stem cells and litter management. These three myopathies can appear together or individually, but it appears that they are all related. When meat is processed, these myopathies represent quality issues (firmer meat and/or lower water binding, aesthetics) but do not present a food safety issue. The poultry industry is now focusing on ways to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of these myopathies. Recently some improvements have been made as more is learned about the interactions between environmental and management (e.g., nutrition) factors, and some producers are already implementing new procedures. Breeding programmes are starting to show some promise and are expected to help reduce WB (estimated at 10% of birds per year) and deliver more solutions in the future.
Response of broilers to reduced-protein diets under heat stress conditions
E.A. AWAD, I. ZULKIFLI, A.F. SOLEIMANI, F.L. LAW, S.K. RAMIAH, I.M. MOHAMED-YOUSIF, E.A. HUSSEIN and E.S. KHALIL
Decreasing heat increment through lowering crude protein (CP) level via supplemental amino acids (AA) have long been suggested as a nutritional practice to alleviate negative heat stress effects on broiler performance. However, there is a considerable body of inconclusive reports on optimisation of such practices, whereby bird performance remains unchanged. The exact mechanism underlying the impaired growth performance in birds fed with reduced-CP diets is not clear yet. Furthermore, adding the environmental temperature factor to the situation may complicate the solution. To date, there is no agreement on the extent of reducing CP level via AA supplementation so that growth performance remains unaffected. Evidence suggests that dietary CP could be reduced safely by 2.3% via essential AA supplementation during later ages, when birds are exposed to an average daily ambient temperature of ≤27.3°C. When Gly was added (a non-essential AA source), the margin of CP reduction could be increased to 5.1% without compromising the growth of broilers subjected to cyclic heat stress. Nonetheless, feeding broilers with a similar Gly-fortified, reduced protein diet failed to support optimal performance under hot and humid tropical climates in 1-21-d-old broilers and had a major impact on growth in broilers reared at 34°C. Regardless of supplemental AA composition or the level of CP reduction, the performance of broilers was negatively affected when birds were subjected to chronic heat stress conditions (≥30°C). These discrepancies can be attributed to a wide range of confounding factors, such as the extent of lowering CP level, types of AA used, age and environmental conditions. Accordingly, the addition of Gly may represent a good approach for reducing dietary CP levels for broilers raised under elevated ambient temperature. Reducing dietary CP is recommended when birds are exposed to moderate but not chronic heat stress conditions.
Fertility and hatchability in duck eggs
M.E. ABD EL-HACK, C.B. HURTADO, D.M. TORO, M. ALAGAWANY, E.M. ABDELFATTAH and S.S. ELNESR
Ducks are waterfowl belonging to the Anatidae family of cosmopolitan distribution. In duck production systems, obtaining ducklings at one-day-old is determinant for the productive chain. The egg production in some species of ducks reaches about 250 to 300 eggs per year. Obtaining one-day-old ducklings can be done by natural incubation with a broody female duck or artificially in an incubator. During artificial incubation, fertility and hatchability are the most important indicators that must be controlled, because they influence the supply of ducklings to the farm. Many factors are related to fertility and hatching, such as environmental conditions, production system, season, nutrition, management of broodstock, storage time of egg and cleaning of eggs before the incubation. According to some reports, Pekin eggs have greater hatchability than Muscovy eggs. The eggs of Muscovy have presented values lower than 22.7% of hatchability. The hatchability of Pekin duck eggs was 78.0% in the spring, while in summer it was around 46.5%. The best hatchability is observed during the winter (57.68%), as in the summer it decreases to 54.14%. The reproductive characteristics of flocks, age, external and internal quality of the egg, male female relation, and presence of lethal genes are factors that directly involve breeders. Larger sexual ratios between males and females of 1:4.3 to 1: 10 cause reduced egg fertility from 75.9% down to 49.6%. Successful production of day-old ducklings starts with the proper selection and management of breeding stock, proper post-lay handling of fertile eggs and the correct incubation process. There are different methods used to improve the hatchability such as dipping eggs in nutrients during the incubation period.
Technological investigation into duck meat and its products - a potential alternative to chicken
S. BISWAS, R. BANERJEE, D. BHATTACHARYYA, G. PATRA, A.K. DAS and S.K. DAS
Duck production has the potential to play a major role in agricultural economy. Asian countries alone contribute 84.2% of total duck meat produced in the world. Driven by the demand of processed foods among consumers, the global duck meat market is expected to grow at a steady pace, reaching a value of about $11.23 billion in the coming years. Duck meat has higher muscle fibre content in breast meat compared to chicken, and is considered as red meat. Moreover, due to a higher fat content (13.8%) than chicken and a stronger gamey flavour, duck meat can be less appreciated by the consumer. Development and diversification of ready-to-eat duck meat products is expected to increase consumption levels. Hence, the status of duck meat production, physicochemical properties, processing, including traditional products, and development of novel value-added ready-to-eat products from spent duck meat is discussed in detail to explore its importance as an alternative to chicken.
Factors affecting chick quality in Poland
J. PAWŁOWSKA and E. SOSNÓWKA-CZAJKA
Global poultry production has increased rapidly over the last 50 years and is now the most-consumed meat species in the world. The consumption of poultry in Poland accounts for almost 40% of the total meat consumption and averages 30 kg per person. Being the most flourishing sector of agriculture, poultry production faces many challenges from increasing competition (high quality products and lower prices for consumers). The profitability of poultry breeding and rearing is determined by the production of healthy and well-developed chicks, and the value of hatching eggs is closely linked to genetic line, flock age, layer housing conditions and parent flock nutrition, as well as incubation and pre- and post-hatching management. The qualitative assessment of newly hatched chicks must be based on clear and objective methods regarding health status of the flock and performance of the birds. It is essential that modern poultry production pays particular attention to these factors to achieve a high percentage of hatchability and the production of chicks which fully express their genetic potential under intensive production systems.
Lutein-enriched egg production for laying hens
F.M. PITARGUE, H.K. KANG and D.Y. KIL
Dietary lutein has received considerable attention in relation to human health because of its preventative effects on various eye diseases. Eggs are considered a good source due to good accumulation and relatively high concentrations of lutein. Therefore, many studies have been conducted to produce lutein-enriched eggs by various dietary regimens. Previous studies reported that purified lutein supplements, at the inclusion levels of up to 1,000 mg/kg, increased concentrations by up to10-fold in eggs. However, a linear increase in lutein concentrations in eggs failed to show further increases at very high inclusion of lutein supplements. The use of feed ingredients high in lutein such as corn co-products, alfalfa meal, marigold flower extracts, algae-derived products, and even food ingredients have successfully increased lutein concentrations in eggs. For instance, inclusion of 20% corn distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), 7% corn gluten meal, 2% marigold flower extracts, or 2% chlorella products in layer diets showed more than two-fold increase in lutein concentrations in eggs. However, the efficacy of those ingredients for lutein retention in eggs was highly variable and depended on inclusion levels in diets and feeding periods. Finally, non-dietary factors such as management systems, environmental stress, disease, age, and breed may affect the lutein concentrations in eggs; however, limited information is available in this regard.
World's Poultry Congress 2020
WPC2020 (August, 16 to 20, 2020) will take place in PARIS, and will have the objective of « Integrating knowledge for sustainable and diversified poultry productions ». The detailed scientific programme is under development 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 specialized 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 https://www.wpcparis2020.com/ for regular information.
Michel DUCLOS Secretary of WPSA-France
The German Branch of the WPSA (Deutsche Vereinigung für Geflügelwissenschaft e.V.) proudly announces that the 7th European Round Table on Poultry Economics will be held on October 9-11th 2019 at the University of Vechta in Vechta, Germany. We also proudly look back on the great 10th ‘Hafez’ International Symposium on Turkey Production and Health that was held at the (Meeting of the Working group 10 - Turkey) that was held on the 6th – 8th of June 2019 at the Free University of Berlin.
See the European Working Group 1 report in this newsletter for the details of the upcoming 7th European Round Table on Poultry Economics. The Working Group 10 report in this newsletter provides a summary report for the 10th Hafez International Symposium on Turkey production.
This past June, members from the WPSA - Israel Branch actively participated in the symposia and workshops on Poultry Nutrition (Gdansk, Poland), on Egg & Meat Quality (Cesme, Turkey), on Physiology & Perinatal development and Incubation & Fertility (Tours, France), and on Poultry Genetics and Breeding (Prague, Czech Republic). We wish to express our appreciation to the Polish, Turkish, French and Czech branches for organizing these very stimulating scientific meetings.
We are currently busy preparing for the annual 2-day conference of the Israeli branch will be held in the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv on November 18-19, 2019. The scientific programme will reflect various topics of interest concerning Israel’s poultry industry. We expect to have approximately 550 participants from all poultry sectors of the country – including research, extension, veterinary services, and industry personnel.
Yitzhak Malka, Secretary, Israel Branch
The Italian Branch will host the 23rd edition of European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) which will be held at the Palacongressi of Rimini (Italy) from September 20th to 23rd 2021. 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. More details are already available at the Symposia website: https://www.espn2021.eu/.
The Norwegian branch of WPSA had its annual meeting on May 9th, 2019 with 50 attendants. The topic of the day was the new poultry research facility that is under construction in Norway, and how this can be used to get new and important knowledge for both the academic field and the poultry industry. The topics varied from nutrition, food production, animal welfare and animal health. Prof Dr M.A. Grashorn, Germany, was invited to make a presentation about the new poultry research facilities they have in Germany.
Tone Beate Hansen, Secretary, Norway Branch
Scientific communication with industry: The VNITIP Federal Scientific Centre of the Russian Science Academy in Serguiev Posad, Moscow Region, recognises the importance of scientific communication with the industry and has a programme to encourage this effort. Every year more than 1000 experts from Russia and abroad attend lectures from leading scientists in poultry industry areas, exchange experiences and discuss innovations from local and foreign poultry science efforts in Ptitsegrad. All are welcome to attend the courses in Serguiev Posad.
Congratulations on the anniversary!
On December 20, 2019 it will be 80 years from the day of birth of Vladimir Ivanovich Fisinin, the Academician of the Russian Academy of Sci-ences, the Professor, the famous talent Russian scientist with the world name, the outstanding science organizer and just a wonderful person.
V.I. Fisinin was born in Number 358 state farm Lyubinsky district in Omsk region in 1939. He engaged in teaching after the Omsk Agricultural Institute graduation (1962) at this Institute animal husbandry department. He worked as a livestock breeder and then the Deputy Director for production in Tyukalinsky poultry farm of Omsk region. The West Siberian zonal experimental station in poultry breeding had been created under his leadership in 1967. He was this station director during four years.
V.I. Fisinin labour activity has been associated with VNITIP since December 1971. He was this Institute permanent director during 45 years. He was the General Director of VNPO ‘Soyuzptitseprom’ since 1987 to 1991 years. RAN Academician V.I. Fisinin is the scientific leader of FNTS ‘VNITIP’ RAN now.
V.I. Fisinin is a prominent scientist who has created the scientific school ‘Biotechnological and genetic basis of poultry selection, feeding and management technology’. He is the Coordination Council chairman in poultry breeding prob-lems in country since 1972. He has developed some resource saving technologies in egg and poultry meat production, standardized feeding system that has been introduced in Russia and CIS countries production.
V.I. Fisinin is a co-author of such competitive chicken crosses as ‘Smena-7’, ‘Ptichnoye-2’, ‘Rodonit’, ‘Radonezh’, ‘SP-789, ‘Marx-23’, duck breeds ‘Bashckir Coloured’, geese ‘Ural White’ et al. He has taken a part in creation of the greatest in the world gene pool collection of rare and endangered chicken breeds.
V.I. Fisinin scientific developments have received the world poultry breeding science recognition. He was elected as the World Poultry Science Association vice-president four times: USA (1974-1978), Brazil (1978=1982), Japan (1982-1986), The Netherlands (1992-1996). He is an author of 1200 scientific works including 70 books and brochures and 35 monographs. He has prepared and published five unique encyclopaedic issues on poultry breeding development in Russia and abroad the last years only: ‘Scientist poultry breeders of Russia: people and poultry’ – 2011; ‘The Russian poultry breeding history, Volume 1’ – 2014; ‘The Russian poultry breeding history, Volume II’ – 2016; ‘Poultry Industry’ – 2016; ‘The World and Russia poultry industry: the realities and future challenges’ – 2019.
He has 145 patents and certificates of authorship for his inventions, 130 scientific works have been published abroad.
V.I. Fisinin is WPSA honorary member. He is the Russia national World Poultry Science Association branch president since 1972 and now, the member of Russia Academy of Sciences Presidium, the editorial boards member of some scientific issues (‘Poultry Breeding’, ‘Poultry and Poultry Products’ journals and so on).
The scientist wide knowledge and practice, amazing working capacity award many state winnings of Russia and the world.
V.I. Fisinin has conferred the rank of the USSR Council Ministers prize winner twice (1979, 1990), State Prize Laureate in the Science and Technique sphere (1995, 2013) for his scientific developments, their large-scale introduction and domestic poultry breeding development. He is awarded the Lenin order, two orders of the Labour Red Banner, the Honora order, the order ‘For the services to the Fatherland’ of the IV degree, some gold and silver medals of VDNH and VVTS, the France order ‘For the services in agriculture’.
V.I. Fisinin gives his great attention to the development of mutual benefi-cial forms of coordination between domestic and foreign scientific institutions for poultry industry priority issues decision.
The world community of scientists in poultry industry heartily congratu-late V.I. Fisinin on his glorious anniversary and wish him good health, long time to live and further creative success for the benefit of Russia and world science.
Tatiana Vasilieva, Secretary
The South African Branch of the World's Poultry Science Association will organize the 37th Scientific Symposium on Wednesday, 30 October 2019. Venue is the CSIR Conference Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.
The theme of the meeting is 'Enhancing Poultry Production'.
You can download the programme here.
For more information email or contact Mr Johan du Plessis at 082 322 5066.
The Spanish branch has organized the following two meetings that will be held in Spain in the near future. For further information, please contact the web sites provided below.
October 16-18th, 2019. LVI Symposium Científico de Avicultura. To be held in San Sebastián (Spain). Registration is open. Further information at: https://56symposiumavicultura.com/es/Inicio
March 25-27th, 2020. 7th Mediterranean Poultry Summit, to be held in Cordoba (Spain). Abstract submission and registration are open. Further information: http://www.mpn-wpsa.org/spain2020/
Carlos Garcés Narro, Secretary, Spain Branch
The Sri Lankan Branch held a seminar on ‘Protein for a Healthy Nation’ for MOH officers, Midwives, Public and Health Inspectors from the Colombo Municipal Council. The branch in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association and the US Soy Bean Export Council successfully conducted the seminar on the 2nd April 2019 at Hotel Taj Samudra, Colombo. The seminar was organized as a part of the branch’s island wide continuous awareness programmes on chicken and eggs. Over 100 participants attended the programme.
The audience was warmly welcomed by Dr Vipula Dharmawardana, the President Elect of WPSA-SL and the Chief Municipal Veterinary Surgeon of the Municipal Council of Colombo. Dr Ruwan Wijyamuni, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Department of the Municipal Council provided a brief introduction about the advantages of the programme.
Dr (Mrs) S. T. Thoradeniya, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, provided a lecture on ‘Protein Nutrition,’ and Dr (Mrs) Renuka Jayatissa, President Sri Lanka Medical Nutrition Association and Head of Department of Nutrition, Medical Research Institute, made another informative presentation on the ‘Modification of lifestyle for better health’. Dr Athula Mahagamage past President of WPSA-SL & Consultant – USSEC/Sri Lanka provided a ‘Road Map of Poultry Production and Poultry Management & Processing’. Finally, Dr Prabath Samaratunga President, WPSA- SL, discussed ‘Myths and Misconceptions Related to Chicken and Egg Consumption’. The seminar was followed by a Luncheon.
|Dr Vipula Dharmawardana the President Elect WPSA-SL and the Chief Municipal Veterinary Surgeon of Municipal Council Colombo provided a 'Welcome' for the seminar|
|Dr Prabath Samaratunga, President WPSA-SL making his presentation|
A Seminar on ‘Antimicrobial Resistance: impacts & prevention’ for poultry farmers in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka was also organized ad held in collaboration with the Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH) for Poultry farmers. That seminar took place on 6th of August at Srimali Royal Dawn Kuliyapitiya. Over 100 farmers participated in this programme.
Dr Nimal Jayaweera, Registrar Veterinary Drug Control Authority of DAP&H, initiated the programme with a presentation on ‘What Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is?’ His presentation was followed by another one on the ‘Prudent use of Antibiotics.’ At the end of that talk, Dr Mrs Palika Fernando, Head of the Bacteriology Department of the Veterinary Research Institute, spoke on ‘Methods of Developing AMR.’ Professor S.P. Gunarathne, Consultant Nutritionist on farm animals, then lectured on ‘Alternatives for antibiotics – Feed additives’. Dr Dilan Satharasinghe, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, and Dr Chinthana Karunarathne, District Veterinary Research Officer, Veterinary investigation Center, Wariyapola made presentations on ‘Alternatives for Antibiotics – Biosecurity’ and ‘Alternatives for Antibiotics – Vaccination’ respectively.
Dr Prabath Samratunge, President WPSA-SL, introduced Professor S.P Gunarathne, Consultant Nutritionist on farm animals who centred his lecture on ‘Alternatives for antibiotics – Feed additives’. Dr Dilan Satharasinghe, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, and Dr Chinthana Karunarathne, District Veterinary Research Officer, Veterinary investigation Center, Wariyapola, spoke on ‘Alternatives for Antibiotics – Biosecurity’ and ‘Alternatives for Antibiotics – Vaccination,’ respectively. Finally, Dr Samratunge, discussed the importance of producing a quality poultry product, and briefed the audience about the activities performed by WPSA-SL to promote chicken and eggs in the recent past. The seminar was followed by evening snacks and a simple gathering.
|Farmers gathering after the seminar|
Annual Technical Sessions, Industrial Evening & AGM-2019 World’s Poultry Science Association-Sri Lanka Branch
The Annual Technical Sessions, Industrial Evening and AGM of WPSA-SL is scheduled to be held on 27th of September 2019 at Hotel Taj Samudra Colombo. ‘Farm to Table – Quality Assurance in Poultry Production’ will be the main theme for technical sessions this year.
The most important event organised by our branch in this period was the XVIII. European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products and the XXIV. European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat sponsored by the 4th and 5th working groups of the WPSA European Federation. The symposia were held between 23 -26 June 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Çeşme.
Participants from 33 countries including Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Czechia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States were present.
Under the WPSA Travel Grant programme for young scientists, the expenses of 12 young scientists from 6 different countries were covered, which gave them the opportunity to attend the symposia and gain invaluable experience.
At the opening ceremony, the Deputy Governor of Izmir Mr. Mustafa Yıldız, Rector of Ege University, Prof. Dr Necdet Budak and the President of the WPSA European Federation, Prof. Dr Estella Pruckner-Radovčić, made the keynote speeches. The following day, WPSA Secretary General Dr Roel Mulder provided information about WPSA, before his presentation as an invited speaker.
The Chairpersons of WG 4 (Dr Cristina Alamprese), and WG 5 (Prof. Dr Massimiliano Petracci), and WPSA European Federation Secretary and Treasurer (Prof. Dr Michael Grashorn) all made major contributions to the success of the symposia through both their scientific presentations and session chairmanships.
During the opening session, the renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr Bingür Sönmez gave a short presentation on the relationship between eggs and cholesterol and its misconceptions.
Poster presentations were reviewed by a 4-member evaluation team and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners received awards. The symposia consisted of 12 sessions covering important topics related to egg and poultry meat and were presented by distinguished scientists from around the world.
The meetings ended on the evening of June 25th with a gala dinner.
Assoc. Prof. Dr Cengizhan Mızrak, Branch Secretary
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 www.wpsa-uk.com.
Jackie Linden, UK Branch Secretary
The USA and Canadian Branches of the WPSA jointly sponsored the annual WPSA lecture held during the Poultry Science Association Annual meeting in July in Montreal, Canada. The Lecture was presented by Dr Michele Tixier-Boichard of WPSA and INRA and the topic was ’From the jungle fowl to highly-performing chickens: Are we reaching the limits?’ The lecture served as the opening session for the PSA Annual meeting and filled the main meeting venue to 75% of its capacity. Near the end of her presentation, she presented a brief introduction and invitation to the World’s Poultry Congress to be held August 16-20, 2020 in Paris, France. Also, during the PSA annual meeting, the USA and Canadian Branches hosted a joint annual luncheon promoting fellowship and interaction between the two branches.
The USA Branch conducted its annual business meeting in Montreal, with a majority of the Board members present. The current Board officers are Dr Sami Dridi (President) and Dr Robert Van Wyhe (Vice President). The USA Branch will once again conduct the Cliff Carpenter Student Essay Contest providing financial support for 3 winning students to attend the 2020 World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, France. The USA Branch will also be providing Travel Grants for USA Branch members to attend WPC2020 and for making an oral or poster presentation.
Dr Bob Buresh, Secretary, USA Branch