Poultry Health and Processing Meeting Returning to Delmarva

The National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production, a significant scientific and educational gathering for the U.S. chicken industry, is returning to Delmarva in October. Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI)'s annual event, held this year October 7-9 in Ocean City, Maryland, will bring more than 400 veterinarians, processing facility managers and supervisors, grow-out managers, live production managers, flock supervisors, growers, pharmaceutical representatives, allied businesses, government regulators and officials, research faculty, university extension experts and others involved in the chicken industry to the region. A full meeting agenda and registration information for this 54th annual meeting can be found at dpichicken.org.

More than 30 veterinarians, chicken company leaders, government officials, researchers, extension educators, and animal health officials will deliver presentations at the meeting on topics including antibiotics stewardship, the future of ‘alt-meat,' nutrition, food safety and in-plant inspections, infectious disease, animal welfare, chicken house ventilation, on-farm water quality and more. Forty companies supplying products and services to the chicken industry are sponsoring the National Meeting, including Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck Animal Health, Farm Credit, Huvepharma Inc. and Clear View Enterprises.

"Our National Meeting keeps Delmarva's chicken industry at the forefront of new research, food safety, animal welfare and understanding what consumers want when they choose chicken," said Holly Porter, DPI's executive director. "Providing insights into the most efficient, humane, and responsible ways to raise and process chickens for meat helps strengthen Delmarva's chicken economy. Last year, our industry created $268 million in income for farm families raising chicken; provided $784 million in income for more than 20,000 employees of our region's chicken companies; and paid $1 billion to crop farmers for chicken feed ingredients. We welcome all of the National Meeting's attendees to Delmarva and look forward to an engaging, productive conference."

In conjunction with the National Meeting, DPI, University of Maryland Extension and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension will host a free meeting in Denton, Md. for chicken growers on October 8, with Dr. Tom Tabler of Mississippi State University addressing water quality for no antibiotics ever birds and Dr. Shawna Weimer of the University of Maryland discussing on-farm broiler welfare assessments.

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