"Healthier animals are more productive and more efficient, and we're trying to understand more about the mechanism for improved immunity," he added.
Diamond V's content marketing manager, Kevin Corizzo, interviewed Dr. McIntyre, as part of the company's monthly video series "Diamond V at 75: Immune Strength for Life", which celebrates its history in the animal and feed industries and highlights its industry vision and expertise.
Also featured in the February video are Dr. Hilary Pavlidis, director of poultry research and technical services; Lionel Le Ven, technical sales manager of monogastric (Europe); and Kevin Sheehan, director of food safety business development.
For poultry research, Pavlidis said 2017 was a very successful year with five peer-reviewed publications - plus two more in the review process - resulting from studies conducted at major US universities.
"We also continued our large-scale global field trial programme, looking at pathogen risk control in commercial broilers, turkeys and layers because we know poultry companies need natural non-antibiotic solutions for pre-harvest food safety," she revealed.
Le Ven said challenges facing the industry in Europe include the cost of production, animal welfare and food safety – specifically, the fight against Campylobacter, a major foodborne pathogen risk in poultry.
Sheehan added that consumers today want to know more about what they buy than ever before. "They're asking: "Did the farmer that raised my product do the absolute best...and did the packer that handled my product do the best?"," he commented.
The "Diamond V at 75" video series will continue throughout 2018 with on-site interviews with Diamond V experts at major industry events.
To view the video, visit http://www.diamondv.com/media/video-library/75-years/.