During the World’s Poultry Congress in Paris, Novus International launched its book, Breeder Management, and Nutrition: Moving the industry forward. This book contains 14 chapters written by different recognized poultry experts worldwide, who developed this book as a tool for the current broiler breeder production practices and give new ideas in management, nutrition, and industry sustainability. Therefore, aviNews International was pleased to interview one of the book authors, Dr. Rick van Emous. He and Dr. Annemarie Mens wrote the chapter: The effects of qualitative feed restriction on performance, behavior, and welfare on broiler breeders, which is the topic for this interview.
Dr. van Emous is a Senior Researcher in Animal Nutrition at Wageningen Livestock Research in the Netherlands. He started his career as a research assistant at COVP-DLO Centre for Poultry Research in Beekbergen (Netherlands).
He joined Cobb-Europe as a Technical-Commercial Advisor before returning to COVP-DLO, where he worked intensively studying how laying hens respond to different housing systems. Additionally, he earned his doctorate from the Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences in the Netherlands in 2015, focusing on modern broiler breeders’ feeding behavior and practices.
Could you please summarize what the readers will find in your chapter?
Dr. Rick briefly explained that people would find in the chapter the impact of feed restriction level on health and production. Then, he highlighted a couple of welfare issues caused by feed restrictions during the rearing phase. These issues are related to the increase in the stress hormone, stereotypical tail feather licking, and pecking behavior towards equipment. Therefore,
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