October 7, 2008

Lohmann unveils new vaccine plant


A new vaccine plant of Lohmann Tierzucht GmbH was opened within the scope of the 46th Franchise Hatchery Meeting.


Dr Hans-Friedrich Finck, MD of Lohman Tierzucht, welcomed more than 280 hatchers and partners of Lohmann Tierzucht to the Franchise Hatchery Meeting, held on 23-24 September 2008 in Cuxhaven.


E. Coli


The primary topics discussed were elimination of E. Coli in the poultry management, as well as the alternative housing systems for layers. After the introducing presentation of Prof Dr Rudolf Preisinger, MD of Lohmann Tierzucht, about FUGATO (Functional Genome Analysis in animal Organisms), followed a presentation of Dr Christa Ewers, Freie Universität Berlin.


Dr Ewers presented a model of infection for fundamental research against E. Coli. In addition to this Dr Hans-Christian Philipp and Dr Matthias Schmutz, both of Lohmann Tierzucht, presented breeding measures to reduce susceptibility of E. Coli.


Housing systems for layers


Another big topic discussed was alternative housing systems for layers. The domestic visitors were especially interested in this topic, as the law forbids conventional housing systems for layers as of 2009.


Prof Preisinger began with a presentation about new methods for the selection of layers for alternative housing systems.


Robert Pottgüter, expert for nutrition and feed stuff, pointed out that layers in alternative housing systems have special demands regarding nutrition. He stressed the effect of feed recipes with feed fats and crude fibre.


Additionally, Dr Corinna Böhland, Spreenhagener Vermehrungbetriebe GmbH and Landkostei GmbH answered questions about management and the health prophylaxis. Many hygiene measures were observed by the hatcheries, providing useful insight.

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