IPSF REPORT: Record Attendance Anticipated

US - The International Poultry Scientific Forum (IPSF) began yesterday in Atlanta, Georgia, for a record attendance. Well over 600 delegates had pre-registered, according to the conference organisers, writes ThePoultrySite editor, Jackie Linden.
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IPSF is the scientific prelude to the International Poultry Exposition (IPE), which opens in the Georgia Congress Center tomorrow, 27 January.

In the 12 sessions of the two-day Forum, more than 140 oral presentations will be given on nutrition, health, environment & management, physiology & pathology and processing & products. In addition, more than 260 posters were accepted for display at this year's meeting.

To give a flavour of the range of papers presented yesterday, there follow some highlights:

Feeding higher levels of vitamins and including vitamins C and D improved the performance of both fast-growing and slower-growing traditional broiler chickens, according to research at Sichuan Agricultural University in China.

From the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, it was reported that broiler production and mortality were not significantly affected by light intensity but differences were noted for some processing characteristics (carcass weight, thighs, drums and wings).

Progress was reported on the development of a vaccine against Campylobacter for broilers at the University of Arkansas and Ohio State University, using both Salmonella and Bacillus as vectors.

Results from Virginia Tech indicate a possible interaction between the level of dietary phytic acid and coccidiosis vaccination, which is most evident in mortality.

Research at North Carolina State University has revealed evidence of effects on embryo development of turning eggs 24 or 96 times per day during incubation.

The cold storage of broiler breeder eggs was shown to be detrimental because it raises early embryo mortality, according to work from USDA ARS Beltsville.

Reducing the growth rate of young turkeys (to 60 per cent of NRC requirements for energy and protein) improved bone strength in trials at Michigan State University.

Broiler breeder males exposed to light before 18 weeks of age were less fertile than older males and showed less mating activity than younger males reared to the same weight, according to work reported from the University of Arkansas.

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