Within the scope of the 46th Franchise Hatchery
Meeting the new vaccine plant of Lohmann Tierzucht GmbH was
Dr Hans-Friedrich Finck, MD of Lohman Tierzucht, welcomed more than 280
hatchers and partners of Lohmann Tierzucht to the Franchise Hatchery Meeting,
held 23-24 September in Cuxhaven.
The Lower Saxony's Minister of Science and Cultural Affairs, Lutz Stratmann
did the honours and cut the orange coloured band after the speech about
flock-specific vaccines support health prophylaxis by Dr Matthias VoÃŸ, Head of
Veterinary Laboratory, and the presentation about the production of
flock-specific vaccines by Dr Rainer Theil, production manager of the new
The prominent speakers, the MD of Lohmann Tierzucht and representatives of
the EW-Group, as well as visitors from the outside, participated in a guided
tour around the new facility.
The primary topics discussed were elimination of E. Coli in the poultry
management, as well as the alternative housing systems for layers. After the
introducing presentation of Prof Dr Rudolf Preisinger, MD of Lohmann Tierzucht,
about FUGATO - Functional Genome Analysis in animal Organisms - followed a
presentation of Dr Christa Ewers, Freie Universität Berlin. Dr Ewers presented a
model of infection for fundamental research against E. Coli. In addition to this
Dr Hans-Christian Philipp and Dr Matthias Schmutz, both of Lohmann Tierzucht,
presented breeding measures to reduce susceptibility of E. Coli.
Housing systems for layers
Another big topic discussed was alternative housing systems for layers.
Especially the domestic visitors were interested in this topic, as the law
forbids conventional housing systems for layers as of 2009.
Prof Preisinger began with a presentation about new methods for the
selection of layers for alternative housing systems.
Robert PottgÃ¼ter, expert for nutrition and feed stuff, pointed out that
layers in alternative housing systems have special demands regarding nutrition.
He stressed the effect of feed recipes with feed fats and crude fibre.
Additionally, Dr Corinna Böhland, Spreenhagener Vermehrungbetriebe GmbH and
Landkostei GmbH, answered questions about management and the health prophylaxis.
Many hygiene measures were observed by the hatcheries, but it was also important
to document the work in this field.