The scientific and organizing committees of the Mediterranean Poultry Network of the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) concluded a successful 5th Mediterranean Poultry Summit and the first-ever poultry industry conference on a cruise. This unique and innovative event was held on the Mediterranean Sea with port visits in Italy, Spain and France was experienced by 200 delegates from 33 countries on October 20-25.
The scientific program sessions ranged across poultry nutrition, prebiotics/probiotics, environment, genetics, economics, housing, and health with a focus on specific needs for the Mediterranean region. A snapshot of questions and dialogue on hot topics were about use of new insect sources of protein, reduction dependency of soybean meal with alternative ingredients, climate-smart agriculture, animal welfare during transport, supermarket quality control visits to plants, and the forecasted poultry consumption/production growth in the region. Special commercial sessions introducing new research information concluded the event were hosted by Novus, Animine, and DuPont.
Established in 2008 the objective of the Mediterranean Poultry Network is to promote WPSA activities in all the countries of the Mediterranean region with special emphasis on the Eastern and Southern parts. Previous Summit events have been hosted in Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Greece.
The 6th Mediterranean Poultry Summit will be held in the fall 2018 at a location to be announced.