A balanced and stable gut ensures that broiler chicks have the correct gut microflora to promote early development of the intestine,leading to more efficient use of feed, reduced risk of gut disease and shorter finishing times.

Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/136349304 to attend the webinar, “Optimizing the gut environment for improved performance,” sponsored by MSD Animal Health and presented by WATT Global Media, on Thursday, June 19 at 8:30 a.m. CDT.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to utilize basic principles of gut flora development for improved performance 
  • How to manage the lower gut beyond digestion
  • How to rehabilitate intestinal microflora and their environment
  • Tools for reducing harmful microflora that can impair performance


Dr. Stephen Collett and Fernando Vargas will be the webinar’s featured speakers.


Collett is a clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC) in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Georgia. As a clinician at the PDRC, he is primarily responsible for teaching clinical medicine in the Masters in Avian Medicine program and problem solving in the State of Georgia’s enormous poultry industry.

After spending 10 years in private practice, he specialized in poultry, receiving his MMed.Vet. in Poultry, from the University of Pretoria and diplomat status with the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. He gained many years of industry experience as head veterinarian with Rainbow Chicken Farms in South Africa and as director of Alltech Inc.’s North American Poultry Division before joining the UGA in 2004.

Fernando Vargas is a veterinarian with more than 20 years dedicated to the poultry industry in several areas, such as broiler health and management, breeders and hatchery, nutrition and feed milling. He has worked for some of the major Brazilian poultry companies.