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USSEC Conducts Poultry Training Program for Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia

Monday, May 4, 2015
Category General News Greater Europe Middle East / North Africa 
The USSEC Poultry Training Program for Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey was held April 19- 25 at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine/IFAS, in Gainesville,…

The USSEC Poultry Training Program for Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey was held April 19- 25 at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine/IFAS, in Gainesville, Florida. Twelve key veterinarians and managers from the MENA region traveled to the University of Florida to attend the intensive program where disease and management problems affecting their region were discussed in detail. The program allowed for the presentation of new scientific information as well as an exchange of ideas among technical personnel from the participating countries.

Attendees of USSEC’s technical training program that was held for Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia

Attendees of USSEC’s technical training program that was held for Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia

At the current time, infectious diseases are devastating the poultry industries in Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia. The need for improvements in biosecurity and changes in the structure of the poultry industry in these countries is urgent. Topics for presentation and discussion ranged from avian influenza (H9 and H5), genotype 7 Newcastle disease, mycoplasma infections, variant bronchitis, biosecurity programs, vaccination techniques and management of the broiler from the day of arrival to the farm.

USSEC consultant Dr. Gary Butcher provided details on his experiences with these diseases in numerous countries worldwide. The event also provided a forum for technical personnel from the different poultry companies and countries to discuss current conditions and programs being implements to combat these illnesses. Participants commented positively on the program and especially enjoyed the roundtable discussion sessions, which provided them with an opportunity to learn more about problems unique to their region and take back knowledge that can be readily applied to their companies.

Conference participants heard scientific updates on poultry diseases that have hurt the poultry industries in their countries

Conference participants heard scientific updates on poultry diseases that have hurt the poultry industries in their countries

Attendees also toured a high tech and modern processing plant in Live Oak, Florida owned by Pilgrim’s Pride and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.

USSEC Participates in EPA Meeting in Egypt

Monday, March 23, 2015
Category General News Middle East / North Africa 
USSEC participated in a meeting at the Egyptian Poultry Association (EPA)’s corporate office in Cairo on March 9.  The topic of the gathering was the “Complex Disease…

USSEC participated in a meeting at the Egyptian Poultry Association (EPA)’s corporate office in Cairo on March 9.  The topic of the gathering was the “Complex Disease Situation in the Egyptian Poultry Industry.”  Approximately 40 participants representing all of Egypt’s key major poultry companies attended.

USSEC consultant Dr. Gary Butcher of the University of Florida is an expert on poultry diseases and led the discussion.  The main topics of discussion were: Genotype 7 Newcastle Disease; H9 and H5 Avian Influenza; Variant Infectious Bronchitis; and Mycoplasmosis.  Options for control and eradication of these diseases were discussed.  Egypt’s poultry industry is facing many disease challenges and a better understanding of the treatment and vaccination options is essential if these problems are to be controlled.  The deficiencies in many of the current vaccines were described and the need for improved biosecurity was emphasized.

USSEC consultant Dr. Gary Butcher led a discussion on poultry diseases at an EPA meeting in Cairo on March 9

USSEC consultant Dr. Gary Butcher led a discussion on poultry diseases at an EPA meeting in Cairo on March 9