Published on April 2, 2020
In case you missed it: 2020 Turkey Science and Production Summary
This flagship European event, that took place in Chester, UK, offered a great opportunity for discussions surrounding the needs of customers and the turkey industry in general. In addition to great networking, the event provided 24 educational presentations on topics like turkey breeding and genetics and technical best practices.
Among these presentations, two were made by representatives of Hybrid Turkeys.
Dr. Owen Willems, Director of R&D, spoke on the Genetic Engine and Innovations to Expand Beyond Current Possibilities. He first addressed the progress of genomic selection that has quickly evolved into a fully implemented tool we use in the Hybrid Turkeys breeding program. Then he highlighted novel technology for novel phenotypes that are improving the measurement of performance traits such as breast meat yield, meat quality, and turkey behavior. Finally, gene editing was presented as being the next important breakthrough in breeding technology.
Today's consumer preferences have shifted, and turkey products must remain a viable choice to stand out in the marketplace. Finding and using new innovations will help us achieve this and create a better tomorrow.
Click to download the full white paper: The Genetic Engine: Innovations to expand beyond current possibilities.
Peter Gruhl, Director Global Customer Services & Support, spoke on Management Best Practices and how small details can have the biggest impact. A good start for your flock includes maintaining the right environmental conditions, proper floor temperatures, optimal health and getting poults on feed as soon as possible. The investment in these small details is especially important in the first 7 days of life and can have a significant impact on the success of a flock.
Click to download the full white paper: Management best practices: Small details can have the biggest impact.