Education Program

Exhibit Halls

2017 Education Program

Use the following links to view the MPF education program:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 — 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

MPF & NCADC Joint Poultry Nutrition and Health Symposium
Dr. Sheila Purdum, Chairperson
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE

Holistic Management of Enteric Ecosystem: The Road to Antibiotic-Free
Dr. Peter R. Ferket
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Alternative Housing System’s Impact on Feeding Pullets and Layers
Dr. Kenneth E. Anderson
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Keel Bone Integrity in Layers: Observations, Nutritional Remedies, and Myth-Busting 
Dr. Kevin Roberson
Michael Foods
Wakefield, NE

Feed-Related Issues in Poultry: Diagnosis at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Rob Porter, DVM
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN

Wednesday, March 15, 2017— 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Turkey Grower Workshop
Mr. Ron Kean, Chairperson
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Toe Treatment for Turkeys – Impact on Welfare and Production
Dr. Karen Schwean-Lardner
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK Canada

Factors that Contribute to Consistent-Quality Poult Starts
Dr. William Alexander
Hybrid Turkeys
Kitchener, ON Canada

Partially Slotted Flooring Systems for Market Toms – What are the Possibilities?
Dr. Sally Noll and Dr. Kevin Janni
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN


Pullet/Layer Health Workshop
Mick Fulton, DVM, Ph.D., dipl. ACPV, Chairperson
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Cage Free Pullet Management
Nester Adriatico, DVM
Hendrix-Genetics

Parasite and Bacterial Diseases in Cage-Free Production
Bernie Beckman, DVM
Hy-Line North America, LLC
Dallas Center, IA

One Brick Higher: Biosecurity Practices and Investments Implemented by Today’s Poultry Producers
Yuko Sato, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACPV
Iowa State University
Ames, IA


Broiler Production Workshop
Ms. Kelsey Held, Chairperson
GNP Company
St. Cloud, MN

Management of Slow Growing Broilers for Profit
Dr. Tatijana Fisher
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Poultry House Environmental Control During Cold Weather 
Dr. Brian Fairchild
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

Update on Broiler House Lighting
Dr. Jon Moyle
University of Maryland Extension
Salisbury, MD

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 — 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Organic and Specialty Poultry Production Workshop
Dr. Jacqueline Jacob, Chairperson
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Managing Bird Behavior in Organic Production Systems
Mr. John Brunquell
Egg Innovations
Warsaw, IN

The FDA SE Rule and Organic Egg Production
Dr. Gerardo Ramirez
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Houston, TX

Alternatives to Antibiotics: Novel Strategies to Reduce Foodborne Pathogens in Organic Poultry
Dr. Komala Arsi
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR


Turkey Breeder Workshop
Dr. Michael Lilburn, Chairperson
The Ohio State University
Wooster, OH

The Turkey Hatchery: An Overview of the Past 25 Years and the Path Ahead with MS or SS
Mr. Phillip Perry
Jamesway Hatcheries
Cambridge, ON Canada

Vaccination of Turkey Breeders to Control Salmonella
Brian McComb, DVM
Elanco
New London, MN

Just Hatched: Finding My Wings as a Poultry Veterinarian
Elizabeth Beilke, DVM
Cooper Farms
Oakwood, OH


Turkey Processing Workshop
Dr. Dong Ahn, Chairperson
Iowa State University
Ames, IA

Overview of Wood Breast/White Striping 
Dr. Brian Bowker
USDA-ARS, U.S. National Poultry Research Center
Athens, GA

Non-Destructive and Objective Evaluation of Meat Safety and Quality Attributes Using Imaging Technology
Dr. Seung-Chul Yoon
USDA-ARS, U.S. National Poultry Research Center
Athens, GA

Isolation, Bioactivity and Applications of Sulphated Polysaccharides from Poultry By-Products
Dr. Mirko Betti
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AL Canada


Thursday, March 16, 2017 — 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Simmering Issues
Dr. Ken Koelkebeck, Chairperson
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL

Update on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Regulatory Policy
Mr. Paul Bredwell
U.S. Poultry and Egg Association
Atlanta, GA

Veterinary Feed Directive: How the Policy will Affect the Layer & Broiler Industries
Jill Nezworski, DVM
Blue House Veterinary
Buffalo Lake, MN

Thursday, March 16, 2017 — 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Egg Production Workshop
Mr. Brent Swanson, Chairperson
Elanco Animal Health
Dassel, MN

Interventions for Salmonella Enteritidis in Laying Hens
Ms. Sandy Aehle
Elanco Animal Health

Cage-Free Production: Management Tips, Bird Behavior & Common Mistakes
Mr. Bill Snow
Big Dutchman 
Holland, MI

The Importance of Properly Rearing Replacement Pullets
Mr. Bastiaan Schimmel
Tetra Americana


Turkey Health Workshop
Mr. Randy Olsen, Chairperson
Best Veterinary Solutions, Inc.
Willmar, MN

The New Era of Veterinarian Oversight: An Update
Jill Nezworski, DVM
Blue House Veterinary, LLC
Buffalo Lake, MN

The Secure Poultry Supply Plan: Reducing Risk and Promoting Continuity of Business
Carol Cardona, DVM, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN

What is the poultry microbiome and why should I care about it?
Tim Johnson, DVM, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN

2017 Diamond & Platinum Sponsors

  • Klarion, From Spraying Solutions
  • Zoetis Diamond Sponsor MPF

  • Central Life Sciences
  • Diamond V Platinum Sponsor MPF
  • Farmer Automatic Platinum Sponsor MPF
  • HyLine North America Platinum Sponsor MPF
  • Nutriad logo - web
  • Aviagen Turkeys
  • Star Labs / Primalac
  • Merck Logo