Int'l course: Poultry Nutrition & Climate

The Wageningen University course “Poultry nutrition and climate, new developments” will cover basic aspects of nutrition and acclimation physiology.

The course focuses on the interaction between the impact of climate conditions on nutrition and the nutritional requirements of poultry.

The scientific basis of the interaction between climate and nutrition will be discussed, as well as the effects of individual feed ingredients.

Part of the course will be devoted to a discussion of the influence of nutrition and climate on immunology, stress and the occurrence of metabolic diseases, all important health parameters.

In addition, the importance of nutrition and climate for a high-quality, safe end-product and the latest developments in alternative production systems will be covered.

Objective and target group

The goal of the course is to provide a concise update on the principles of poultry nutrition and climate. Participants will gain an understanding of the latest developments in the field against the background of changing societal perceptions of poultry production practices.

The focus will be on theoretical background information, while practical solutions will also be discussed.

The course is intended for nutritionists, advisors, veterinarians, managers, teachers, researchers and other professionals involved in poultry production.

Participants are assumed to have a basic knowledge of feedstuffs and diet formulation, and the principles of the chemical and biological evaluation of feedstuffs in an agricultural context.

Presentations and documentation will be given in English.

Where and when

The course will take place from 18-20 April, 2010 in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The course leaders are Prof. E. Decuypere, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium, and Dr P.C.M. Simons, WPSA / The Netherlands.


The cost of the course is €1,695. This covers tuition, course materials and certificate. This also includes drinks and lunch throughout the course and dinner on Sunday and Monday, day of arrival and day 1 of the course. No financial assistance is available.

In addition, the course fee covers hotel accommodation. It is recommended that participants contact Wageningen Business School for information on hotel accommodation before 31 March 2010; assistance will be provided on request.

Online registration is possible at www.wbs.wur.nl.

Further information can be obtained from the International Training Centre WBS, Wageningen Business School, P.O. Box 226, 6700 AE Wageningen, the Netherlands (Tel: +31 317 484 093, Fax +31 317 426 547), E-mail: info.wbs@wur.nl.

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