Throughout the years, the poultry industry has faced numerous challenges and opportunities, but the welfare of poultry flocks continues to be an issue of utmost importance. To address these concerns, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and United Egg Producers are collaborating again this year to sponsor the 2019 Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity Seminar, Sept. 17-18, at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The seminar will provide the best possible programming to maximize efficiencies and best management practices for our broiler, duck, egg laying and turkey managers,” said Ken Martin, production supervisor for Fieldale Farms Corporation, and planning committee chairman.

The seminar will address topics in production efficiencies, as well as welfare and biosecurity best practices in broilers, ducks, layers and turkeys. Updates on legal matters, Salmonella, biosecurity audits, antibiotics and a PAACO overview will also be provided. Breakout sessions divided into three groups – broiler, turkey/duck and layer – will cover topics such as Lighting Best Practices, Ventilation for Litter Management, Ducks 101 and The Effects and Control of External Parasites on Cage Free Systems.


The program agenda was developed by a committee of live production managers, poultry health professionals and university professors. Pictured are (seated left to right): Kathryn Mizell, Perdue Foods LLC; Heidi Parnin, Culver Duck Farms, Inc.; Ken Martin, Fieldale Farms Corporation (committee chairman); and Dr. Claudia Dunkley, University of Georgia. (Standing left to right): Travis Strickland, Farbest Foods Inc.; Robert Silva, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Eric Greene, Claxton Poultry Farms; Steve Taylor, Midwest Poultry Services; Bill Staugler, Cooper Farms Inc.; Chuck Bell, Peco Foods Inc.; and Dr. Casey Ritz, University of Georgia.

To learn more and register for the Live Production, Welfare & Biosecurity Seminar, click here or visit