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Poultry Gut Health: sorting the Myths from the Facts

10/29/15 10:00 am CDT

It is no secret that the poultry production industry is under increasing pressure to produce safer food with reduced antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs), or in some instances no AGPs at all.  It is also common knowledge that finding a way to achieve this while also maintaining consistent growth performance and reducing mortality has been a challenge. Research has shown the significant role that nutrition, along with other factors such as genetic selection and improved bio-security can play in improving growth performance and liveability with reduced use of AGPs. But how do you separate scientifically proven facts from fiction in terms of the contribution that feed additives like Direct-Fed Microbials (DFMs) and enzymes can make to growth performance and challenge situations? When you are producing millions of birds a week, you really need to be sure that the solution you choose works for your particular operation. This webinar distinguishes between myths and evidence-based realities relating to the part feed additives play in achieving poultry gut health. Learn how “nutritional manipulation” and use of services such as gut sampling can help you arrive at an ideal solution to meet the needs of retailers and consumers, while protecting your bottom line.

Dupont logoThis webinar will broadcast at:

  • 10:00 AM Central (Chicago)
  • 3:00 PM GMT (London)
  • 4:00 PM CET (Berlin)
  • 5:00 PM SAST (Cape Town)


  • The factors that directly and indirectly impact poultry gut health, particularly in an environment of reduced in-feed antibiotics. We will discuss what achieving gut health actually means to the producer and how findings in humans and rats may have implications for poultry producers.
  • Common misconceptions about the mode of action of in-feed antibiotics and how feed additives such as feed enzymes, probiotics and essential oils can be used to proactively support gut health, including evidence from countries with no in-feed antibiotics and from regions where antibiotics are still used.
  • The important role gut sampling can play in tackling poultry gut health.

This webinar is sponsored by DuPont and presented by WATT Global Media

Speaker Info:

Mingan Choct - Chief Executive Officer, Poultry Cooperative Research Centre and a professor at the University of New England

Choct headshotMingan, currently Chief Executive Officer, Poultry Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and a professor at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia, set up the Poultry CRC with a total funding of $174 Million over 15 years to address scientific and educational challenges facing the Australian poultry industry. Mingan’s main areas of interest include carbohydrate chemistry and nutrition, feed enzymes, energy evaluation, and nutrition and disease interaction in poultry. He has supervised more than 45 postgraduate students and published over 270 papers in journals and proceedings. He is an active member of the scientific community, serving as editor, assistant editor and on editorial boards of many journals. He has also received many awards and accolades, most recently receiving the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Poultry Nutrition Award at the 2015 PSA Annual Meeting for his contributions to poultry nutrition.


Beth Galbraith - Senior Group Manager & Site Leader, BioControl Technology, DuPont

Galbraith headshotBeth has over 12 years of experience in in the discovery and development of microbial products for the livestock industry. After graduating with a degree in biology from the University of Minnesota, she undertook a Master of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois where her thesis centered on the development of molecular techniques for the phylogenetic and functional characterization of complex microbial communities. She then joined Agtech Products in Waukesha, Wisconsin, first as a Project Scientist, discovering and characterizing probiotic strains for ruminants, and later, following acquisition of Agtech by Danisco, as the Ruminant Research Group Manager. She then moved to become Group Manager within the Animal and Environmental Applications within the Technology Division of DuPont Nutrition and Health in 2012 and managed a team involved in identification of microbial strains providing health or performance benefits to a broader range of hosts including livestock, pets, and horticultural and agricultural plant varieties. In 2014, she took on a leadership role managing scientists developing microbial farm to fork solutions around the globe, and helping food manufacturers develop an understanding of the microbial ecology of their production environment/products. She has received many awards/ scholarships for her research work and has published over ten papers and patents on topics relating to the characterization and use of microbials in animal nutrition.