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Vol 2. No. 4 April 2019 National Poultry Newspaper PO Box 387 Cleveland 4163 Phone (07) 3286 1833 Fax (07) 3821 2637 Email
APSS 2019 breaks records
IN late-February, the Poultry Research Founda- tion, in conjunction with the World’s Poultry Sci- ence Association (Aus- tralian Branch), hosted the 30th anniversary of the Australian Poultry Sci- ence Symposium.
The milestone event was held at the Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, which has been the venue of choice since moving away from the University of Syd- ney Campus in 2017.
It was another fantastic event, showcasing new and exciting research from all around the globe.
With a record number of submitted papers (88), as well as nine invited presen- tations, the organisers had their work cut out trying to fit it into a two-and-a-half- day program.
As in recent years, the conference kicked off on the Sunday afternoon/even- ing, with several workshops and forums now taking place before the Pre-Regis- tration Evening and ‘Grate Debate’.
The debate is a light- hearted social event that generally attracts around half the delegates to catch- up before the symposium starts.
This year’s debate was on the topic of ‘Should the
production of chicken meat and eggs be politically cor- rect’.
It was a well-fought bat- tle, with the opposition team of Peter Selle, Amy Moss and Natalie Chrystal taking the win.
On Monday morning, the conference kicked into top gear, with 20 papers pre- sented on the first day of the conference.
Day one was very nutri- tion focused, with topics of ‘Global Poultry Nutri- tion’, ‘Low Protein Diets’ and ‘Mineral Nutrition’ covered.
We saw two great presen- tations from invited speak- ers Rick Kleyn (South Af- rica) and William Dozier (US), as well as other nota- ble presentations including Roselina Angel (US) and Amy Moss (University of Sydney).
A poster session was in- corporated with Monday night welcome drinks and canapes.
There were 37 posters displayed in the Hyde Park room, with loads of indus- try-relevant content.
The poster session is a great opportunity for stu- dents and young research- ers to present some of their preliminary work, building towards further publica-
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Young people passionate about biosecurity at Poultry Hub Australia’s recent poultry training event in Tamworth.
PHA’s Poultry Nutrition Workshop involved Prof Mingan Choct, Prof Gene Pesti and Dr Natalie Morgan.
Fresh ideas key to the future
WHAT a fantastic time of year!
The leaves on the trees in Armidale have started to turn to their autumn colours and Poultry Hub is getting set to announce our second call for research funding.
We look forward to seeing what new and innovative ideas we will receive to solve prob- lems and improve our wonder- ful industry.
For more details, check out our website and social media channels.
As part of our poultry job ready training, we held an en- gagement event in Tamworth.
It was well attended and very well received.
During this event we show- cased our training, which in- cluded a virtual chicken, bio- security activities, egg grading and Lego chickens.
All activities received posi-
tive feedback, with a focus on the virtual chicken and bio- security.
And of course, the day would not have been complete with- out a chicken barbecue!
This training is aimed at young people aged 15-24 and seeks to engage them in all things poultry while providing them with useful skills they can use on the job.
The training is composed of six modules that are high-tech and hands-on.
For more information or dates, check out our website
During March, Poultry Hub held a Poultry Nutrition Work- shop.
The event was led by Prof Gene Pesti from the University
of Georgia, US.
Spread over two days, attend-
ees were given an insight into the importance of poultry nu- trition and had the opportunity to work through real case stud- ies and practical examples of formulating diets.
There was also a focus on ensuring the correct statistics and experimental designs are applied when doing nutrition experiments in poultry, which are very important considera- tions indeed.
Poultry Hub hopes to run this workshop again later this year, so if you are interested or would like more information, just let us know.
For those of you who may be able to get to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, be sure to check out our stand, which explores the ancestry of the domesti- cated chicken and highlights the outstanding scientific achievements in genetic breed- ing techniques used to produce our modern-day broilers and layers.
We look forward to continu- ing to engage in poultry re- search, education and training.
If you would like to get in- volved or have any ideas to share with us, please contact us at
A young person experienced the virtual reality chicken program as part of PHA’s poultry job ready training.
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