During the launch of the Novus International book called Breeder Management and Nutrition: Moving the Industry Forward at the World’s Poultry Congress 2022, aviNews International interviewed Dr. Mercedes Vazquez-Añón to talk about her chapter: “Harnessing Epigenetic to Improve Chick Quality with Trace Mineral Zinc.” It was written together with Dr. Juxing Chen.
Dr. Mercedes Vasquez-Añón is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Account Collaboration from Novus International. She has published more than 40 refereed scientific publications and numerous conference proceedings.
In general, the book is about broiler breeders covering several aspects of management, nutrition, welfare, and genetics to focus on the potential of optimizing the breeder nutrition to improve the progeny performance.
So we’re really focusing in what is the effect on the subsequent progeny. And to do that, we studied the biological pathways by which nutritional the hen can have an impact on the progeny. And most of it is to the epigenetics. So we discussed several aspects of the nutrition on the breeder that relates back to the production also growth.
Talking about the benefits of the trace mineral Zinc in broiler breeders, Dr. Mercedes indicated that they have found that feeding trace mineral in broiler breeders affect the immunity of the offspring. Also, it affects the health and performance of the broilers.
So that’s where we spent most of the time in the chapter describing the mechanisms by which the trace minerals can improve the livability and the immunity of the offspring.
Some recommendations for supplementing trace mineral Zinc in
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