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Poultry World Pick of the Year 2020: Interviews

As 2020 nears its end, we look back at our most renowned interviews of the year. We share our must-read articles so that you don't miss out.

Interview: Alltech’s Mark Lyons on the future of agriculture
One year ago Dr Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech, presented his vision of a Planet of Plenty. A year later he shares his ever evolving thoughts on the future of agriculture with All About Feed. In a time of worldwide disruption he sees challenges but, above all, opportunities. “Change is the only constant and will open up a myriad of possibilities.”

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Dr Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech: "More than ever, I am convinced that the next 30 years are critical to agriculture,” Photo: Alltech
Dr Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech: "More than ever, I am convinced that the next 30 years are critical to agriculture,” Photo: Alltech

Interview: Christie Chavis, DSM Animal Nutrition and Health
Animal production has to ramp up its output tremendously in the years to come to be able to meet the demands of an ever-increasing world population. Poultry World talked with Christie Chavis Vice President at DSM Animal Nutrition and Health about this issue and embracing sustainability.

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Vice President at DSM Animal Nutrition and Health, Christie Chavis sees DSM taking a leadership role and wants to be a ‘change agent’. Photo: DSM
Vice President at DSM Animal Nutrition and Health, Christie Chavis sees DSM taking a leadership role and wants to be a ‘change agent’. Photo: DSM

‘Intrigued by the impossible’
“When the common consensus is that something can’t be done, that is when I get intrigued as a researcher,” says Dr Leon Marchal, innovation director at DuPont Animal Nutrition. He is passionate about discovering ways that lead to more sustainable animal production, and that is exactly what he and his team have done.

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“When the common consensus is that something can’t be done, that is when I get intrigued as a researcher,” says Dr Leon Marchal, innovation director at DuPont Animal Nutrition. Photo: DuPont Animal Nutrition
“When the common consensus is that something can’t be done, that is when I get intrigued as a researcher,” says Dr Leon Marchal, innovation director at DuPont Animal Nutrition. Photo: DuPont Animal Nutrition

Interview: FVE president: "One Health approach is essential"
Dutch veterinarian Rens van Dobbenburgh has been president of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) since June 2019. Poultry World caught up with him to talk about the role of FVE and the challenges to be faced.

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Rens van Dobbenburgh, president of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE): "Through its 40 member countries the FVE represents 300,000 vets. It's quite a challenge to try to find communis opinio.'' Photo: Sebastien Tibeau
Rens van Dobbenburgh, president of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE): "Through its 40 member countries the FVE represents 300,000 vets. It's quite a challenge to try to find communis opinio.'' Photo: Sebastien Tibeau

Interview with IPC president: Looking beyond Covid-19
New IPC president Robin Horel continues to monitor issues and share guidance with his members in the face of Covid-19, while at the same time keeping a long-term focus on sustainability.

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New IPC president Robin Horel continues to monitor issues and share guidance with his members in the face of COVID-19, while at the same time keeping a long-term focus on sustainability. Photo: International Poultry Council
New IPC president Robin Horel continues to monitor issues and share guidance with his members in the face of COVID-19, while at the same time keeping a long-term focus on sustainability. Photo: International Poultry Council

Interview: Virologist Nancy Beerens – AI still unpredictable
“The way in which the H5N8 avian flu virus has manifested itself in the first quarter of 2020 in Central and Eastern Europe does not meet expectations,” says virologist Nancy Beerens of the Wageningen Bioveterinary Research institute.

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Nancy Beerens is on stand-by in case samples need to be tested for Avian Flu and ASF. Photo: Ruud Ploeg
Nancy Beerens is on stand-by in case samples need to be tested for Avian Flu and ASF. Photo: Ruud Ploeg

Interview Aviagen LATAM: Seize opportunities and overcome challenges
With new grandparent stock farms and a hatchery in Brazil, along with the recent purchase of a controlling ownership of distributors in Peru and Colombia, Aviagen is expanding. “Aviagen has always had a strategic vision for expansion in Latin America, believing the region will continue to increase its chicken production to meet consumption and export needs,” says Aviagen’s Latin American president Ivan Pupo Lauandos.

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Aviagen’s Latin American president Ivan Lauandos: “A key role in feeding the world population, today and tomorrow.” Photo: Aviagen
Aviagen’s Latin American president Ivan Lauandos: “A key role in feeding the world population, today and tomorrow.” Photo: Aviagen