Poultry Epigenetics - Bird Health, Productivity and Product Quality

Oct 10

Alltech's Poultry Epigenetics Seminar took place in Dunboyne, Ireland today. The event was attended by over 130 poultry nutritionists and professionals, who came to hear how epigenetics can help us learn to feed poultry to their true genetic potential.

A survey of the attendees showed that:

  • 71% believe that epigenetics will have a great impact on bird health, bird efficiency and product quality.
  • More than half believe that the price of feed will rise by over 10% in the next 12 months.
  • 68% think that research findings on epigenetics will be important to optimise poultry production in the next 5 years, however, they are undecided on the level that FCR can be improved to by 2040.
  • On the issue of optimising chick quality 50% believe that the poultry industry are not currently exploiting all the possibilities in breeder nutrition.
  • 61% of respondents also felt very strongly that the industry is not doing enough to attract young talent to the poultry sector.
Alltech Poultry Epigenetics Seminar

Left to Right: Dr. Peter Spring, Swiss College of Agriculture; Dr. James Pierce, Alltech; Dr. Susan Ozanne, British Heart Foundation Senior Fellow; Dr. Karl Dawson, Alltech; and Dr. Chris Ashwell, NC State University pictured at the Alltech Poultry Epigenetics - A Solutions Seminar Seminar, which took place in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland on 10 Oct 2011.

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