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MPF announces its 2016 education program schedule

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The 2016 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention has announced a comprehensive education program, featuring more than 40 speakers from across the country covering the latest  information and research at a variety of workshops for the turkey, egg, broiler, and organic/specialty poultry industries.

All workshops will be held at the 45th annual MPF Convention, March 15-17, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn.

The full education schedule of workshops will include:

Tuesday, March 15

  • MPF & NCADC Joint Poultry Nutrition and Health Symposium, 1:30-5 p.m.

Dr. Sheila Purdum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chairperson.

“Measurement of Energy Utilization in Chickens,” Dr. Mike Persia, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Va.

“Quick Molt Diets and Programs,” Dr. Ken Koelkebeck, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

“Strategies to Improve Keel Bone Strength and Skeletal Integrity of Laying Hens in Various Housing Systems,” Drs. Sheila Purdum and Pamela Eusebio, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.

“Short Chain Fatty Acids and Gut Health in Poultry,” Dr. Vanessa Iseri, Kemin North America, Des Moines, Iowa.

Wednesday, March 16

  • Turkey Grower Workshop, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Ron Kean, University of Wisconsin, chairman.

“Wood Heat for Poultry Production,” Dr. Scott Sanford, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

“Enhancing Biosecurity Using Flow Analysis and Danish Entry Concepts,” Dr. Kevin Janni, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.

The Basics of Turkey Viral Tenosynovitis,” Dr. Robert Porter, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.

  • Pullet/Layer Health Workshop, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Dr. Mick Fulton, Michigan State University, chairman.

“Characteristics of the Avian Influenza Virus, Dr. David Suarez, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Athens, Ga.

“Lessons Learned from Avian Influenza,” George Girgis, Center Fresh Eggs, Sioux Center, Iowa.

“Hy-Line North America: Planning for Avian Influenza,” Dr. Danielle Botting, Hy-Line North America, Dallas Center, Iowa.

  • Broiler Production Workshop, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Kelsey Held, GNP Co, chairman.

“Raising Broilers Antibiotic-Free,” Dr. Mahmoud Masadeh, Purina Animal Nutrition, Lincoln, Neb.

“Making Biosecurity Work on Your Farm,” Dr. John Carey, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

“Importance of Water Quality for Broiler Production,” Dr. Susan Watkins, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

  • Organic and Specialty Poultry Production Workshop, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Dr. Jacqueline Jacob, University of Kentucky, chairperson.

“Meat Quality Factors in Organic Poultry Meat,” Dr. Casey Owens, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

“Mycotoxins and Organic Poultry Production,” Dr. Guilherme Bromfman, Alltech, Raleigh, N.C.

“Dietary Fiber – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky,  Lexington, Ky.

  • Turkey Breeder Workshop, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Dr. Michael Lilburn, Ohio State University, chairman.

“The Relationship Between Sperm Function and Diet: Toms Are What They Eat,” Julie Long, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Md.

“Assessing Poult Quality at the Hatchery and at Delivery,” Dr. Vern Christensen, consultant (retired, North Carolina State University), Mona, Utah.

“The Importance of Egg Size,” Dr. Michael Lilburn, Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio.

  • Turkey Processing Workshop, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Dr. Dong Ahn, Iowa State University, chairman.

“USDA New Poultry Inspection System: What are the Major Issues?,” Dr. Aubrey Mendonca, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

“Water-Holding Capacity in Poultry Breast Meat,” Dr. Brian Bowker,” USDA Agricultural Research Service, Athens, Ga.

“Salmonella Sampling and Recovery from On-Farm Litter to Fully Processed Carcasses – Ability to Detect Salmonella vs. Salmonella “Free,” Dr. Dianna Bourassa, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Athens, Ga.

  • Disease Response Planning Workshop, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Dr. Darrin Karcher, Michigan State University, chairman.

“Operational Biosecurity – Continued Improvement,” Dr. Gregory Martin, Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension, Lancaster, Pa.

“Cleaning and Disinfecting: How to Utilize Today’s Technologies to Make it Effectively Work on Your Farm,” Ross Thoreson, Best Veterinary Solutions, Ellsworth, Iowa.

“Mortality Management Options during an Avian Influenza Outbreak,” Dr. Josh Payne, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, Muskogee, Okla.

Thursday, March 17

  • Simmering Issues, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Dr. Ken Koelkebeck, University of Illinois, chairman.

Speaker(s) and topics to be announced later in February.

  • Egg Production Workshop, noon-2 p.m.

Brent Swanson, Elanco Animal Health, chairman.

“Understanding Poultry Lighting: A Guide to LED Bulbs and Other Sources of Light for Egg Producers,” Dr. Danielle Botting, Hy-Line North America, Dallas Center, Iowa.

“Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza,” Dr. Jill Nezworski, Blue House Veterinary, Buffalo Lake, Minn.

“Minimizing Vaccine Reaction in Layer Pullets,” Dr. Jim Stockam, Elanco Animal Health, Joplin, Mo.

  • Turkey Health Workshop, noon-2 p.m.

Randy Olsen, Best Veterinary Solutions, chairman.

“Enteric Viruses,” Dr. Carol Cardona, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.

“Turkey Gut Health,” Dr. Tim Johnson, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.

“Highly-Pathogenic Avian Influenza,” Dr. Michelle Kromm, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Willmar, Minn.

More information about the education programs can be obtained from MPF at 763-682-2171 or

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