With the end of the year closing in, it is time to look back at what 2019 brought us. A turbulent year to say the least. This time around the poultry industry escaped large scale avian influenza outbreaks and was able to continue production and exports.
And that was necessary as African Swine fever diminished herds in many main production areas. In the worlds quest for animal protein, poultry meat and eggs were the go to source. Did this profit all markets? Unfortunately not. Trade restrictions due to quality issues on the one hand and the China-US trade problems stood between market opportunities and chances. In that light it is good to see the positiveness shared by 10 people in the industry that are from different backgrounds. Check out theses Poultry World interviews in 2019…
1. Huub Savelkoul, professor and head of the Cell Biology and Immunology group in the department of Animal Sciences at Wageningen University: ‘We have discovered that we can send immune cells through specific food components to a particular site in the body.”
Rob Kelly, President International Operations at Zoetis: ‘I see a clear shift in traditional treatment of diseases’
Harm Langen, CEO Pas Reform: “Even after 100 years, further development and innovation is still our core business. We are far from done.”
Dr Antje and Dr Bernhard Eckel: ‘Without well-being of animals, nothing will happen in the future in animal production.’
Glycon Duarte Santos, CEO ICC Brazil: ‘Ms Mary’, your average consumer – will always prefer antibiotic-free meat. Don’t give her a reason to be vegetarian.’
6. Tim Lambert, chief executive of Egg Farmers of Canada, and for the past two years chairman of the International Egg Commission: ‘Whether it’s animal welfare or disease management, the IEC serves as a real canary in the coal mine on future trends.’
7. Sebastian Marten, DSM vice president Enzymes and Eubiotics: “Making sure that broilers digest every gram of nutrient is key in the quest for maximum sustainability.”
Markus Dedl, CEO Delacon: ‘New studies could lead to radical changes in how our industry promotes its end products.”
Mickaël Le Helloco, managing director Novogen: In genetics you are never finished, there will always be a ‘next level’ of improvement”
Dr Andrew Morgan, DuPont Fellow at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences: ‘Probiotics hold the promise that we as scientists can make a difference’.