Polish Poultry Specialists Attend U.S. Soy Nutrition and Feed Manufacturing Technology Seminar

USSEC has contributed to the massive success of Polish poultry production for more than two decades. In 2019, Poland’s production of poultry meat is forecast to increase by 8.5 percent, up to about 3.2 million metric tons (MMT). In the first quarter of this year, the production was about 7 percent greater than a year earlier. According to the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IAFE), foreign sales are likely to grow to more than 1.4 MMT this year, around 10 percent, and will represent almost 44 percent of production. In 2018, the production of poultry meat amounted to approx. 2.9 MMT, 4.3 percent greater than the previous year.
This year, USSEC organized and funded a two-day seminar titled, “Poultry Nutrition & Feed Manufacturing Technology: Practices in America and Europe,” aimed at providing Polish poultry specialists with cutting edge knowledge. The conference was held in June 2019 in the medieval city of Gdańsk, the birthplace of the Solidarity freedom movement in the 1980s, which gradually lead to the collapse of communism in Eastern European countries.
Two top experts from the University of Arkansas led the nutrition segment: Dr. Michael Kidd, Director, Tyson Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, and Department Head & Professor, Poultry Science Department; and Dr. Samuel Rochell, Faculty Poultry Science, Assistant Professor.
Dr. Rochell laid the foundation by explaining nutrition and gastrointestinal health in broilers, ingredient evaluation concentrating on utilization of amino acids and energy, and dietary energy responses of modern broilers.
Dr. Kidd presented an overview of amino acids use in the U.S. and reported the newest studies on nutritional utilization of L-valine. He also lectured on broiler breeder nutrition and its effects on progeny quality, a special request of the Polish audience.
Comparison of U.S. soybean meal to soybean meals of other origins and to other protein sources was presented by Dr. Jan van Eys, GANS, France.
The feed technology segment of the seminar was given by Juan Acedo-Rico, Acedo & Associates, Madrid, Spain. He began by giving explanations of post-pelleting application strategies for vegetable oils and liquid additives at a final processing step, a natural connection to the previous presentations. Dr. Acedo-Rico next listed a number of important improvements in a feed mill for efficient feed production.
Taking into account a massive number of old feed mill modernization and new facilities building projects currently happening in Poland, Dr. Acedo-Rico spoke about design and planning for a challenging new poultry feed start-up, which was inspiring to a number of participants. For others, it was a well-organized review of how they do things in their companies.
As summarized by the main coordinator of the event, USSEC Technical Director North-East Europe Jerzy W. Kosieradzki, despite a multitude of conventions, seminars, and company events competing in June for the same audience, the USSEC poultry nutrition and feed technology seminar was well attended and everybody appreciated the top professional knowledge received and relationships built. USSEC sees this event as another good investment into the growth and prosperity of Poland’s poultry market for soy, particularly when viewed in tandem with the 128,000 MT of U.S. Soy Hi-Pro meal the country has already purchased this season.

Dr. Sam Rochell, University of Arkansas, was the first to speak to a gathering of Polish poultry industry leaders.
When explaining design and planning of feed start-ups, Juan Acedo-Rico, Acedo & Associates, Spain, liked to be on the audience side rather than in front of them, which was a reflection of his drive for interaction with the customers.
Broiler breeder nutrition taught by Dr. Mike Kidd, University of Arkansas, is full of peer reviewed scientific information, but gets to the depths of the professional knowledge needed by advanced poultry nutritionists.
After every presentation and at the end of each day, the organizers invited the audience to provide their comments and ask questions. Tomasz Tryk of GOLPASZ feed company (left) was most diligent in discussing the presented material.
At Q&A time, both participants and lecturers asked questions; here: Juan Acedo-Rico took his turn to ask about health aspects of broiler nutrition.
The USSEC speakers invited to the Polish poultry and feed seminar enjoyed their company and exchange of professional information; here: Dr. Kidd and Dr. van Eys are engrossed in discussion at coffee break.
An opportunity to meet your counterparts from other companies and institutions was an added bonus at the seminar held by USSEC in Gdansk; here: three participants from western part of Poland could discuss business at break.
USSEC experts were available to the participants at coffee breaks and lunch times; here: Tomasz Tryk discusses lectured matters with Dr. Kidd at coffee break.
To explain the comparative advantages of U.S. soybean meal, Dr. Jan van Eys, GANS, France, used the massive work of USSEC and many scientific reports published by top researchers from around the world.
Dr. Rochell took on one of the key practical issues: how modern broiler genotypes respond to dietary amino acids and energy based on U.S. and global research data.
USSEC event in Gdansk was held during a very special time for the city and Poland: the 30th anniversary of Poland’s partially free parliamentary elections as agreed between communist party and Solidarity leaders at Round Table 1989; here: the Solidarity Centre put up at the gate of famous Gdansk Shipyard and the monument of anti-communism demonstrators shot dead by police in 1970.
Poland’s social and economic success was only possible because of newly regained sovereignty three decades ago and everything began in Gdansk; here, the interior of Solidarity Centre’s where various exhibitions and celebrations were held during the week of USSEC’s poultry event.