First results of pig and poultry feed efficiency study to be presented at EAAP2016

A major European project focusing on understanding the biology of feed efficiency in pigs in chickens is set to reveal its latest findings at EAAP 2016.Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 14.34.30.png

European Union consortia Eco-FCE - an EU FP7-funded project focused - will share key results from its four-year study at a special one-day symposium at the conference.

The symposium, 'Understanding the biology of feed use efficiency in pigs and chickens', will be the first chance to hear outcomes from the research, which has been conducted by 18 academic and industry partners across Europe and includes the AgriFood and Biosciences Institute and Queen’s University, Belfast.

The agenda for the one-day symposium, to be held on Monday 29 August, includes four main sessions, each including presentations on both pigs and broiler chickens.  These sessions include:

  • Early-life manipulation to improve feed efficiency (including in ovo administration of synbiotics and nutritional conditioning in broilers, and nutritional supplementation and microbiota transplants in pigs)

  • Feeding to optimise feed use efficiency (in particular focusing on enzyme use when varying the basal composition of the diets)

  • Biological factors driving divergence in feed use efficiency (including gut structure, function and microbiota, transcriptomics, feeding behaviour)

  • Advancing feed use efficiency through genetics and genomics (including information on the genetic architecture of feed efficiency traits, integrative genomic models and use of RFI or FCR in genetic selection models.  This session will also include an industry perspective from Cobb-Vantress, and a presentation from Breed4Food.


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