Dual-purpose chicken, insect food and phosphorus efficiency - what is the state of research?

German Association for Poultry Science meets in Rostock. The demand for and the manufacture of products from poultry farming has been rising constantly for years; the consumption of approx. 220 eggs and 20 kg of poultry meat per capita exceeds the production output of the approx. 45 million laying hens and 94 million broilers in Germany.

25.03.2020 · FV Lebensmittel & Ernährung

Germany is therefore a net importer of poultry products. It is a worldwide pioneer in the animal- and environmentally-friendly design of poultry farming.
On March 10 and 11, the members of the German Association for Poultry Science will meet for their spring conference in Rostock. The conference will be held at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) in Dummerstorf and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences of the University of Rostock. The conference will present current research topics on poultry as well as the latest findings by experts from universities, companies and the FBN. Representatives of the media are cordially invited to the conference (see programme).
Four years ago, FBN expanded its research activities in response to the growing need for research in poultry farming and the search for alternatives in husbandry. For this purpose a stable building in Dummerstorf was converted into a modern experimental poultry facility. The research results obtained in the meantime will also play a major role at the spring meeting of the German Association for Poultry Science next week. One of the main topics will be the keeping of dual-purpose chickens. The main focus here is on the feasibility of using a dual-purpose chicken for both fattening and egg production in order to integrate male chicks into the production process. Further topics are the efficient use of the valuable and increasingly scarce raw material phosphorus and the alternative use of insect proteins from larvae of the black soldier fly in feeding. In addition, management and hygiene measures to improve animal welfare, the reduction of antibiotic resistance and technical solutions for exhaust air purification are discussed.

Attachment: Programme


Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2, 18196 Dummerstorf
Director: Prof. Dr. Klaus Wimmers
+49 38208-68 600
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Scientific Organisation:
Dr. Norbert K. Borowy
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2, 18196 Dummerstorf
T +49 38208-68 605
E borowy@fbn-dummerstorf.de