Updates from the 2018 Broiler Feed Quality Conference

August 8, 2018

At Asian Agribiz’s Broiler Feed Quality Conference in Bangkok today:

• The conference honoured Professor John Brake of North Carolina University in the US, who passed away on July 31. Commending Prof Brake, Robert Redman of DSM spoke of his energy and enthusiasm for the industry and how he was able to bridge the gap between academia and commercial. “His favourite phrase as ‘listen to the chickens’! He taught the industry in Asia not only about understanding the problem but to think about it and find solutions,” said Mr Redman.

• In her keynote address Tamsyn Crowley, Director and Associate Professor, Poultry Hub, University of New England, Australia got delegates thinking about whether manipulation at the embryonic stage is possible. This is to create a healthy gut microflora which will then give chicks a good start from hatching onwards.

BEYOND ANTIBIOTIC GROWTH PROMOTANTS

In Beyond AGPs – a year one review, Robert Renema who offers poultry consulting and producer programs in Canada concluded that no single solution that works as well or as consistently as AGPs have worked. “We need to revisit previously tested products now that we are learning more about how to properly evaluate them. The best results are seen when flock management conditions also considered,” he said.
• Assistant Professor Dr Suwit Chotinun of the Department of Food Animal Clinic, Chiang Mai University explained that the Thai government has a national strategic plan to mitigate the health and economic burden from antimicrobial resistance. Among its targets are to reduce human cases by 50%; reduce the use of antimicrobials in humans by 20% and; reduce the use of antimicrobials in animals by 30%.

RAW MATERIAL OPTIONS AND SELECTIONS

Robert Swick, Professor of Poultry Nutrition, University of New England, Australia told delegates that globally, sbm is growing faster than canola meal. China is a major producer of both using imported raw materials. Both meals are variable and enzymes improve the performance of both. While feed intake may be lower, economics may favour the use of canola meal.
• Feed barley is a proven, reliable grain for poultry, including broilers and its nutritional value is well understood said Tim Walker, a consultant from Australia. “It has low mycotoxin contamination and while it’s better suited to breeders and layers because of lower ME, it can be included in broiler feed,” he said.
• Addressing ‘Nutrition update to maximize broiler production’, Somchit Sooncharernying, Senior Poultry Nutrition Specialist with Aviagen concluded that broiler performance and good health could be achieved by adequate supply of nutrients, which is mostly affected by nutrition specification, feed formulation and ingredient quality.