Scientific community to look to an antibiotic-free future for the poultry sector at 33rd Poultry Science Symposium

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Scientific experts come together at the World’s Poultry Science Association’s (WPSA) 33rd Poultry Science Symposium later this month, to look at the challenges and alternatives to antibiotic use in the poultry sector, and discuss what the industry can do to maintain good gut and overall bird health.  AB Agri divisions are really excited to be involved in this event as part of their commitment to supporting the industry in sustainable poultry production. 

The event, which runs from 22-24 August in Cambridge, England, will bring together a wide range of experts from across the poultry sector to discuss the latest innovations and developments to decrease the overall reliance on antibiotics and make poultry production more sustainable.

Chaired by AB Agri Innovation Director and outgoing Vice President of the WPSA, Dr Helen (Nell) Masey O’Neil, the Symposium will look at the benefits previously gained from antibiotics; the challenges to bird health, welfare and efficiency created by the gap this leaves; and the potential solutions and future innovation to bring about an antibiotic-free poultry sector. 

The open and informed discussion will take in views from across the sector – including veterinary, production and nutrition perspectives – to help find solutions to mitigate challenges such as antibiotic resistance. Representatives from two AB Agri business units – AB Vista and Premier Nutrition – will be among the varied line-up of speakers.

Dr Mike Bedford, Research Director, will lead a seminar discussing how to identify trends using different feed measures, while Ralph Bishop, Commercial Nutritionist, will be discussing the challenges of working without antimicrobial growth promoters (AGPs) and how Premier Nutrition has been able to develop animal feeds that are fit for both today and the future.

In addition, experts will look at how the changing regulatory and legislative landscape will impact the use of antibiotic alternatives, in a session entitled “How do pre- and probiotics interact with other dietary components?”.

Other sessions include: 

There will also be several scientific posters. 

It promises to be a fascinating and insightful event, and we look forward to joining with colleagues from across the industry to help chart a path to a more sustainable future for the poultry sector. 

For more information on the Symposium, including details of all the sponsors, please visit the WPSA website: