USSEC recently partnered with ETOS, the Polish feed manufacturer, to organize and facilitate the ETOS Annual Livestock Production Conference. In addition to manufacturing top quality feeds and feed compounders, ETOS is the exclusive importer and distributor of AminoPlus® bypass soy in Poland, which has enjoyed USSEC support, particularly for dairy.
This year, as ETOS planned to organize this conference for three major professional groups: swine, poultry, and dairy producers, USSEC also extended its support to poultry and swine. This partnership enabled the organization to speak to hundreds of Polish swine and poultry growers and feed compounders.
USSEC consultant Professor Gonzalo G. Mateos of the University Polytecnica de Madrid in Spain, spoke on swine and poultry nutrition, as well as soybean utilization. Jerzy W. Kosieradzki, USSEC Technical Director for North-East Europe, escorted him as guide, driver, and interpreter, which was particularly helpful when networking with the audience.
The audience of about 300 professionals initially gathered in a main conference room for keynote lectures, and then divided into three separate sessions in smaller rooms. Speaking at a swine session, Dr. Mateos explained how to successfully feed growing pigs without antibiotics and zinc oxide, currently a key challenge for the European swine industry.
At a poultry session, the U.S. Soy expert spoke about ways in which the industry can optimize broiler nutrition, genetics, and feed milling technology to sustain competitive production. Although Poland is already a leading poultry grower and exporter, Polish farmers and feed compounders still have room for improvement and enjoyed Dr. Mateos’ lecture as well as further discussions during the meals and breaks.
Both organizers and participants appreciated USSEC’s contribution to the success of this large professional meeting. USSEC envoys appreciated meeting with participants of earlier educational and promotional events organized by USSEC in Poland, elsewhere in Europe, and the U.S. Additionally, many of the new acquaintances will now be more eager to attend various USSEC events in FY20.