DSM Nutritional Products recently organised a Poultry Technical Meeting at three different locations around Europe: Coventry (UK), Arnhem (The Netherlands) and Madrid (Spain) on the 4th to 6th March 2008.
The key note speaker
was Professor. Z. Uni, from the Hebrew University (Israel) who explained the
latest studies carried out by her team on the importance of nutrient transfer
from breeders to chicks and on the chicks’ optimal nutrition, as well as the
latest research in this field. According to Dr. Uni, “we have to change the
concept that growth starts at day 1 after hatching, and accept that chick growth
starts during formation of the egg in the breeder”. During her talk, Dr. Uni
explained the method of “In ovo feeding” as a good way to supply adequate
levels of nutrients to embryos and thus to prevent
Vitamins and minerals
Dr. E. Folegatti,
from DSM Nutritional Products Europe (Italy), explained the benefits of adding
the vitamin D metabolite, Hy·D®, to feed to improve bird skeletal development
and the subsequent beneficial effects of Hy·D® on product quality and
productivity in all sectors of the poultry industry.
In The Netherlands
Dr. G. Huygheabert (ILVO, Belgium) and A. Vandeweghe (DSM Nutritional Products
Benelux (Belgium) addressed the issue of Ca and P utilization in poultry, and
how the use of phytase and Hy·D® can help optimize production in broilers and
Role of phytase
A review of the role of
phytase in minimising dietary phosphates was addressed in the UK by Dr. A.
Korsback (DSM Nutritional Products Europe, Denmark) and by Dr. R.
Martínez-Alesón (DSM Nutritional Products Iberia, Spain) in Spain, who reviewed
the subject in view of the shortage of phosphates in the European market and the
price increase of these raw materials.
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