First feedback from ESPN 2023

Our technical team attending the 23rd European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) started their week with our partners at Zinpro for their 7th Pan-European poultry seminar in Bologna, Italy. The theme of the seminar was: “Be ready for change. The old broiler nutrition paradigm is on the hot seat”. Here is their first feedback from ESPN 2023!

With four world-renowned speakers, it was a morning of high science with excellent practical applications. Dr Roselina Angel, Professor at the University of Maryland, discussed the interactions between phytic acid and trace minerals in poultry diets, with great insights into copper, a mineral we don’t necessarily pay that much attention to, and its possible negative effects on phytic acid hydrolysis. Next up, Dr Audrey McElroy, Professor at Texas A&M University, emphasised that we should consider feeding birds not just for growth but for gut health, too! Dr Doug Korver, Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada, focused on the hidden cost of inflammation. Inflammation poses a significant cost to the production animal industry, impacting both animal welfare and economic viability. When animals experience chronic or excessive inflammation, it can lead to reduced productivity and growth rates, decreased feed efficiency, and increased susceptibility to diseases. Finally, poultry nutritionist Dr Cibele Torres discussed the latest research on trace mineral nutrition with high phytase supplementation in poultry diets. Incorporating high phytase supplementation into trace mineral nutrition strategies represents a valuable approach to optimise mineral utilisation and improve animal productivity.

By engaging in these discussions and gaining valuable practical applications, our team is well-equipped to navigate the evolving landscape of poultry nutrition and contribute to optimising bird health and performance in the future.

4 thoughts on “First feedback from ESPN 2023

  1. Jerry says:

    Nice, concise article, Natasha. Its amazing just how much of the presentations sound just like human nutrition challenges!

  2. Anneleen says:

    Nice! Very interesting and relevant topics. Looking forward to hearing more about how everyone enjoyed ESPN!

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