Polish Poultry Specialists Receive USSEC Technical Training in Norway

Norway is a relatively rich European country, getting its wealth mainly from natural gas and oil as well as its salmon industry. Although the country operates under harsh geographical and climatic conditions, it nevertheless has highly a developed poultry industry and excellent poultry nutrition and feed manufacturing researcher institutions such as the Norwegian University of Life Sciences at As near Oslo.
Dr. Birger Svihus, professor of nutrition at the university and former president of the European Society of Poultry Nutrition (ESPN), has worked with USSEC European customers at various events for a few years, sharing his knowledge. He worked in Poland for many months and has a good grasp of the Polish poultry and feed industry. The university also has a renowned feed manufacturing experimental center (FoerTek) headed by Dr. Dejan Miladinovic, which was a deciding factor for USSEC’s decision to organize a weeklong training for Polish poultry and feed specialists in Norway.
This training featured two classroom days to learn about the most advanced methods of broiler and turkey nutrition and feed manufacturing technology combined with practical exercises held at the FoerTek, followed by a tour of the Norwegian poultry industry, accompanied by Dr. Svihus.
Each morning, the team of seven boarded a rental van, moving from a university classroom to a slaughterhouse and a processing plant, from a feed manufacturing training station to a commercial feed mill, from a broiler grandparent flock to a integrated hatchery, from a broiler farm to a meeting room for classes with Dr. Svihus. The van was a place for long discussions on how things should be done according to professional literature versus how commercial conditions in Poland, Norway, various EU countries or the United States verify the scientific results. The hosts and Polish participants shared their successes and ideas on optimizing the things that are important in the poultry industry.
This exceptional training that combined theoretical and practical knowledge and bonds were forged between the Polish industry members and the Norwegian researchers and practitioners. While USSEC conducted that training, a few Polish feed mills were processing U.S. hi-pro soy into poultry diets.

Practical classes at the Feed Manufacturing Experimental Center “FoerTek” at As allowed the Polish specialists to verify theoretical teaching in the model of a commercial feed mill here. The Center’s manager assists (first on the right) the Polish colleagues to identify the optimal pelleting procedure so vital for broilers and young turkeys.
After testing many pelleting concepts in the experimental mill, Dr. Dejan Miladinovic (UNBM researcher) explained to the guests a number of methods for pellet durability testing (PDI) and equipment used to perform the tests; the HOLMEN analyzer shown here was his preferred method.
The visit to Nortura Haerland poultry processing branch began with an overview of the company’s operations, including slaughtering and further processing of broilers and turkeys.
At Nortura’s hatchery, the Poles visited every section of their operations and learned many details about grandparent farms, hatching eggs production, chicken nutrition, health situation and procedures, hygiene, and management at the company.
The Polish specialists were allowed to look into setters and hatchers and see the company’s production details. Here, a tray of chicks was taken out of a hatcher – some of them have already hatched out while some still had to battle with the shell!
A visit to the Strand Unikorn feed compounder was a great one and began in a conference room with a thorough presentation of the company’s farm base and manufacturing procedures.
The Polish team poked their noses into every stage of production and every piece of machinery asking lots of questions and examining production processes whenever possible.
A tour of the Strand Unikorn feed mill began at the bulk ingredient discharge unit. Here, the truck unloads soybean meal brought from a supplier.
This super modern chicken house is a farm building built in 1874, now converted into an efficient broiler operation. The farm is a beautiful complex located on a charming hilltop with a view of a lake.
The young Norwegian farmer, who manages the broiler unit at the family farm, thoroughly explained to Polish guests how his operation works under the tough local environmental and consumer demands.
The Polish team of customers and Dr. Svihus (third from right) were hosted at Nortura Samvirkekylling’s hatchery at Valer
Dr. Svihus presented lectures and data every night, followed by discussions.