On 28 January, more than 100 people attended the “Feeding the genetics of today” conference organized by DSM Nutritional Products during the International Poultry Exhibition in Atlanta.
Scientists from the University of Maryland, Mississippi State University, the Roslin Institute in Scotland, as well as world-leading genetic companies Cobb and Aviagen, shared their innovative proposals on feeding the ever-improving genetics in the poultry sector.
Male breeder performance and d.o.c quality
Dr. Pelayo Casanovas of Cobb Europe spoke on improving male breeder performance and the quality of the day-old chick. Cobb’s research has shown that feeding the breeder with essential nutrients such as canthaxanthin (CAROPHYLL® Red) and 25-hydroxy vitamin D3 (Hy●D®) will improve hatchability, and have a positive impact on the liveability and the quality of the hatched chick, says the company.
Genetics and breeder performance
The continuous advances in genetics and the consequent changes in breeder performance were addressed by Dr. Michael Kidd, Mississippi State University. With more than a 1% improvement in feed conversion per year, breeder feed requirements should be carefully reviewed and improved every year; especially in essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
Nutrition and skeletal development
Dr. Marc de Beer, Aviagen USA, reviewed nutritional strategies to optimise skeletal development in broilers. Adequate levels of amino acids, optimal combinations of minerals and vitamins or the use of vitamin D metabolites were among the strategies commented on by Dr. de Beer to optimise bone development. He highlighted the importance of vitamins and trace minerals’ quality as one of the key factors impacting optimal bone development.
Matrix values of pure protease
Dr. Roselina Angel, University of Maryland, demonstrated how to use the matrix values of the unique pure protease for broilers, RONOZYME® ProAct. Savings between 1 and 3 USD/mt feed can yield an immediate return to the producer taking into consideration benefit varies according to the feeding phase of the broiler.
Black Bone Syndrome
Dr. Bob Fleming, Roslin Institute, tackled the issue of Black Bone Syndrome, focusing on the physiological reasons behind the problem and nutritional methods to limit its incidence.