On March 20th and 21st, 2019, Sverdlovsky Pedigree Poultry Breeding Unit held a seminar in Yekaterinburg for the mid-level livestock specialists of poultry enterprises. The event was dedicated to the technology of egg-laying hen keeping and feeding; and covered topics, such as, vitamin deficiency in chickens and vitamin preparations, energy demand for poultry, young-stock breeding, …etc.
Partners and customers were invited to the seminar, namely the representatives of the Russian farms and neighboring countries. The event gained international status. Among the participants, were the representatives of companies from Armenia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, and Tajikistan.
Specialists at BPR Sverdlovsky and representatives of partner companies; MEGAMIX, Adisseo Eurasia, Huvepharma, UralBioVet, VitOMEK, Misma Pro, Seneco, L-Shagane et al., all shared their experience in the form of reports and presentations.
BPR Sverdlovsky is:
- A breeding and genetic center with 10 years of successful experience,
- Production and sale of pedigree stock of 4 crossings: Hisex Brown, Hisex White, “Dekalb White, and Dekalb Uranus,
- Leading positions in the Russian market, both in sales of parental forms and final hybrids,
- 3 production sites in ecologically sound and epidemiologically safe areas,
- Deliveries to more than 120 farms in Russia and foreign countries,
- 63 million eggs per year,
- 280 thousand laying hens,
- Long-term partnership with ISA Hendrix Genetics, a leader in the breeding of animals, fish, and poultry.
Firstly, the seminar organized by BPR Sverdlovsky had an educational function - it represented the current trends within the poultry industry, demonstrated new technologies for chicken raising, and showed the unique capabilities of the latest developments in the field of poultry feeding and keeping.
The educational goal of the previous event is emphasized by the chief livestock specialist at BPR Sverdlovsky, Nadezhda Nikolaevna Lyzhina: “We perform similar events to train specialists, as well as, to solve issues and problems that arise in farms during the process of poultry keeping and operations; including relevant veterinary and zoo-technical issues"..
Speakers presentations covered various details and nuances that should be considered for successful poultry farming. Thus, Sergey Malkov (Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution “Ural Federal Agrarian Research Center” in Ural Branch at the Russian Academy of Sciences) spoke about the use of probiotics and prebiotics. While, Ruslan Abashin (VitOMEK) shared the secrets of an optimal microclimate; and Oleg Redkozubov (Huvepharma) presented bioactive form of vitamin D3, which is designed to prolong the productive period of a laying hen. About 20 reports were presented for 2 days. Each performance was greeted by the audience with sincere interest. The discussions, debates, and/or exchange of views continued after the speeches as well.
Nevertheless, hot topics took part too. Participants shared their long-standing problems with each other, and looked into solutions within the industrial difficulties. Perhaps, the most acute and urgent issue for all farms, is fodder costs. The rising prices for grain and the decreases in purchasing prices for eggs, puts producers almost in “survival conditions”. The ways to overcome this situation unfolds in increasing productivity thanks to new keeping technologies, improving birds’ health by feeding additives; and professional advancement of specialists working in poultry breeding and operations. Such speeches by industrial specialists at conferences and seminars, is a way of finding new and more effective operation modes in current conditions.
The pervious conference became a new link in the educational event chain at BPR Sverdlovsky, bringing the poultry industry to a qualitatively different level.
“The aim of this conference was to train specialists working at poultry farms,”, comments Ivan Grachev, deputy marketing director at BPR Sverdlovsky. “The presentation of new trends in the industry, the search for new solutions, and pushing the envelope are tasks set by us at similar educational events that are conducted quarterly. We, also, aim to teaching specialists from different farms to work with our crossings, while increasing their efficiency. This conference, as our similar-events, has become a platform for a live exchange of knowledge, experience, information and practical developments.”
For a deeper immersion in the event atmosphere, we offer a series of interviews with the conference participants..
– How is the seminar program prepared?
– Prior to any conference or seminar organized by us, we find out from farms with whom we collaborate, various relevant topics. We investigate which topics they would be interested in. Based on their needs, we make a selection, and invite specialists in the field. Thus, we prepare a program that will be relevant for our participants.
– And, what was the most interesting thing that you have heard about at the seminar?
– At present, the introduction of probiotics and prebiotics is very important. The use of organic acids that function well in poultry bodies and restore its intestines, is, also, relevant. The reports on these topics seemed especially interesting to me.
– What is today’s status of the industry?
– I have been working in the poultry industry for 20 years; although presently, it is not easy to work in this field. One of the most pressing problems is the high costs on raw materials and the low retail prices for our products. A lot of grain is imported from abroad, when it is possible make necessary logistical arrangements and supply the farms with Russian raw materials. Perhaps this problem could be solved at a state level.
– What are your wishes to the seminar’s participants?
– As a livestock specialist, I wish all to achieve effective productivity and good poultry livability!
– What do u believe are your goals of this seminar?
– Our task is to provide a wide range of information on the practical issues that are raised in the farms. We engage the practitioners, academics, as well as, the companies that have tremendous knowledge in adapting new technologies at production venues in Russia.
– How would you describe the situation of the industry? What solution could be actual to current pressing problems?
– A leading problem is the cost of the feeding component. During the last 2 months, the wheat prices have increased significantly. The Russian factories, therefore, are self-sustaining. Another problem, is the cost of eggs and the seasonality of the poultry industry. New Year for the Russian poultry farms was cost-effective. There are some expectations for Easter; the next big holiday. The remaining seasons are more difficult. The summer, for example, is a difficult season for poultry farming. In fact, everything is overlookable, and our assistance in this situation is both theoretical and practical.
– What came as a surprise to you at the conference?
– I was pleased and surprised by our audience. This is a very large number of young professionals which suggests that the industry continues to thrive, despite problems. This industry is extremely important, because working with eggs and poultry is working for food, that is, for a vital need. I was also pleased with the mood of the audience at the lectures, the interested socialization between specialists with each other.
– Tell us more, about the company you represent?
– VitOMEK is a producer and supplier of premixes for farm animals and poultry. In addition to the premixes, we produce the concentrates and animal feeding as well. We are engaged, not only in sales; but, also, in technological support to our customers. Our specialist at microclimate, assists the enterprises in the establishment of an optimal climate for keeping poultry and animals. Today, at the seminar, Ruslan Abashin, the microclimate engineer talked about the problems in this area and possible solutions.
– As a whole, what’s the situation of the industry? What industry features can you indicate?
– The main concern, in the industry, is finances. The grain prices are rising, and in such a situation, it is very difficult for our partners and colleagues to survive. In order, to exist in these conditions, one needs to choose the right spending approach. The main expense is feeding, and we, as experts, try to balance them and make them more cost efficient and simultaneously effective, affecting the poultry productivity. In addition, the genetic potential of the poultry is important for successful development, and I can recommend the crossings offered by BPR Sverdlovsky. I can provide an example of one enterprise in Crimea, Oktyabrskaya Poultry Farm, that last year acquired the Dekalb White and Hisex Brown parental breeds from BPR Sverdlovsky. They got excellent results, both in terms of livability and productivity by reaching an efficient productivity of 97.5% with the brown crossing and 98% with Dekalb White. Moreover, their productivity titer lasted about 4 months! It is, indeed, a very promising and cost-effective poultry. I would like to note that today, the opportunities are very interesting, and at a poultry farm one can get up to 345 eggs per average laying hen per year using the egg crossings. That’s great news.
– As a listener, what did you enjoy the most at the seminar?
– As they say, the biggest mistakes are in the tiny details. At the seminar, those details were discussed. This is what one should pay attention to, because that’s very valuable.
– Please, tell us about yourself and your company.
– My name is Lusine Akopyan, I am from the Republic of Armenia, from Yerevan. I represent my own company Shagane. We purchase one-day-old chickens from BPR Sverdlovsky. We grow them and offer them to our farmers. We are talking about the Dekalb White crossing that declared itself very well in Armenia. Our company is young, but I believe that we will grow due to the specialists at BPR Sverdlovsky; who not only sell, but also, provide technical support and assistance at every turn.
– What did you present at the seminar?
– I presented our experience in “raising Dekalb White crossing in the Republic of Armenia during winter”. The experience of our company indicates the high-performance achieved. In general, chicken raising in winter is difficult. However, the Dekalb White crossing adapts very well to various conditions, including cold temperatures. This is a strong crossing and a very clean one; from the point of an epizootic perspective. This fact is an extremely important aspect today, since there are many diseases in poultry farming. Of course, in order to achieve good results, it is important to love your work and do your best.
– How can you describe the industry’s situation?
– I am generally an optimistic person, although, of course, there are many problems within this industry. I believe that it is important to explain to the government, how important our business is. To communicate to the government the idea that we must subsidize poultry farming and it must help in difficult situations by supporting the producer. We produce the strategic product. Protein is a strategic product that is why egg and poultry meat are so important.
– Any wishes to the participants of the conference?
– I will like to wish everybody, both people and poultry, good health. I wish the organizers to continue holding such wonderful conferences so that we can learn and exchange experiences.
– Please, may you share your impressions about this seminar?
– We annually participate in this seminar, mainly for our specialists in the egg and poultry industry. We wait for it and plan our schedule accordingly. During the event, we get to know other specialists, ask each other about the specifics in our field of work, the methods used, and the results obtained. We carefully listen to the reports on specific features within the industry in other countries, such as, launching of new products, poultry diseases, various faced problems and possible solution. Each region and each farm have its own specifics, but the experience exchange is very important.
– What are the difficulties the industry faces and what possible ways to solve them?
– The issues with personnel and equipment are not difficulties, that’s daily life. However, on a daily basis, we face issues related to feeding and birds’ health. Possible solutions? At the seminar, for example, we were told about automation, about the microclimate, about some additives that can improve the feeding digestion and promote the birds’ health, contribute to obtaining valuable egg with the improved specifications; these all, are ways to solve the current problems.
– What company do you represent?
– Huvepharma is a Bulgarian company with a representative office in Moscow that is a manufacturer of feeding additives. Those include: enzymes, probiotics, various probiotic and prebiotic complexes that affect the intestine condition of the poultry.
– What did you pass on to the audience at the seminar?
– I wanted to convey a message, which allows to look at relevant concerns from another perspective. It is clear that day to day affairs chew up a considerable amount of time, and sometimes there is not enough time for new products. Many farms here still work with the strains that have been developed and applied in the last century, 30-40 years ago. Until now, the outdated principles and recommendations are applied to the poultry, but the poultry has changed. Its genetics and productivity have changed as well. Those things that used to be relevant and modern are already survivals of past times, and they need to be reconsidered. Presently, we need to adapt the poultry to new conditions. Our task is to help the highly productive bird, give us the products that we want, particularly, eggs. That's exactly what I covered in my presentation.
– What would you wish the organizers and the audience?
– Everything was fine and of high standards! A wide international audience, is very cool. I wish everyone further development!