Join Neogen at IPPE for RWA Best Practices

Please stop by and see Neogen at booth 329 in Hall A at the upcoming International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event. From January 27–29, 2015, IPPE brings a rich tradition of expertise, innovation and collaboration which helps improve the industry and we are proud to be an exhibitor for the 31st year.

IPPE logoHighlighted at this year’s expo is the poultry industry, with a focus on the practices and products associated with production without using antibiotics, or raised without antibiotics (RWA) (for a formal definition of RWA, please click here).

While the transition from one type of production to another is a daunting task for RWA establishments, a key aspect of making this transition is associated with the animal health. Flocks raised without the use of antibiotics for health maintenance and disease prevention often need additional controls and programs to help maintain the animal health. Three key aspects that ease this transition involve improving sanitation, biosecurity, and feed management practices.

To help ease the transition, Neogen will be providing presentations around some new applications and product developments. The presentations are free of charge, and are hosted within the Atlanta Convention Center (Hall A Room 310) on January 27 from 7:45 am – 1:30 pm. We’ve asked industry experts to help weigh in on some of the best practices and programs with RWA.

For example, one critical element to RWA is cleaning and sanitation. The assumption is that the cleaner the bird’s environment, the less likely they are to become infected. Improved animal health also leads to improvements in mortality rates at a hatchery and to weight gain at a grow-out facility.

Another key element of a RWA program is feed management. One key aspect of feed management includes monitoring and avoiding feed that contains mycotoxins. By avoiding feed that contains mycotoxins, health issues can also be avoided. For example, the aflatoxin B1 can cause respiratory difficulties, and inflammation in the oral cavity.

Speakers for this session include Dr. Suzanne Dougherty of Pecking Around Consulting Inc. Suzanne previously was a technical service veterinarian with Aviagen, director of veterinary services-central with Pilgrim’s, and director of veterinary services with Keystone Foods. Dr. Karen Christensen, associate professor/extension poultry specialist with the University of Arkansas will also present in this season and share her expertise based on her involvement in bird health laboratories, as well as animal welfare and research programs. Dr. Mueez Ahmad, a poultry veterinarian with more than 20 years of experience and Dr. Jennifer Rice, Neogen’s Vice President and Senior Research Director, will conclude the session and share their extensive knowledge on antibiotic free practices.

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