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Broiler and layer production, processing issues focus of 2020 Latin American Poultry Summit at IPPE

“During the growing stage of the bird, every effort must be made to provide a quality feed. It is an investment for the future,” remarked Dr Fernando Navarro, commercial technical assistant for Hy-Line International, during his presentation on “Improving Egg Shell Quality in Layers,” at the la Cumbre Avícola Latinoamericana (Latin American Poultry Summit) held during the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo.

30 January 2020, at 2:05pm

Navarro emphasized that obtaining “good egg quality in layers is related to the growing performance of the hens.” He observed that it is very important to achieve the maximum weight of the bird in the growth stage. He also stressed the importance of water quality, recommending that chemical and physical water analysis be conducted at least twice a year.

As part of his presentation on “Efficiency Improvements in the United States That are Applicable to Latin America,” Juanfra DeVillena, director of quality assurance and food safety for Wayne Farms LLC, discussed the differences between the National Poultry Inspection System and traditional system for processing plants. He also reviewed different stunning systems, as well as other areas of US poultry processing improvements that are applicable to Latin America.

Dr Luis Gomez, senior director of Global Technical Services in Intestine Health at Phibro Animal Health Corporation, discussed gut health maintenance in antibiotic-free production. He noted that when producing no antibiotic ever (NAE) broilers, it is very important to diminish the bacteria challenge by having a good cleaning and disinfection plan, sanitized water and minimal stress conditions in the birds. He further emphasized that probiotics are very good at controlling coccidiosis, and prebiotics are also good depending on the time of usage.

Dr Dianna Bourassa, assistant professor and extension specialist at Auburn University, provided information on stunning best management practices. She discussed three stunning options, focusing mainly on the differences between electrical water bath and controlled atmosphere stunning. Bourassa remarked that “regardless of which type of stunning is used, electrical or controlled atmosphere, when properly monitored, maintained and operated, each system is effective and humane for the slaughter of poultry.”