Poultry seminars planned at Sunbelt Expo

Construction of a new Poultry Education Building at Sunbelt Expo has been delayed until after the 2006 show. However, educational seminars planned for the facility will go on as planned under a tent at the future site of the permanent building.

The 46 by 80-foot mini-broiler house will be located near the Bill Patten Cattle Pavilion. It will have solid sides and a cool cell. New equipment will be installed yearly in the facility.

The building will be constructed by Georgia Poultry Equipment Company. Exhibits, displays and presentations will be managed jointly by poultry science departments at Auburn University, Mississippi State University and the University of Georgia.

Though no live animals will be on exhibit at the 2006 Expo, plans are under way in future years to have day-old chicks, hatching exhibits and other stages of live poultry production from the egg to the consumer’s plate.

The facility is designed to host equipment displays, providing visitors an opportunity to see the latest innovations in poultry’s highly mechanized and high-tech production process. It also will provide seating and staging for industry-based demonstrations and presentations.

At the 2006 Expo, presentations are set for Oct. 17, 18 and 19. On Oct. 17, at 10 a.m., Auburn University will kick off the seminar program with a presentation on avian influenza. Ken Macklin, a poultry scientist at Auburn, will explore the many myths about avian influenza in his talk entitled, “The Truth about Bird Flu.”

At 2 p.m. on Oct. 17, Bob Voitle, a long-time poultry science professor at Auburn, will tackle the long-standing question of what came first the chicken or the egg. Voitle, who has worked in the poultry industry from California to Alabama, brings a humorous, yet factual, approach to both the egg and chicken components of the poultry industry.

On Oct. 18, University of Georgia poultry scientists Marvin Atkins and Nick Dale will make presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Atkins, who is a research technician in the Poultry Science Department, will make a presentation on “A History of the Chicken and How It Became America’s Favorite Food.”

In the afternoon presentation, Nick Dale, a professor at UGA, will explain why poultry is so healthy. Dale, a 21-year veteran of the Poultry Science faculty, is an expert on poultry nutrition and feed, and his presentation will center on the high quality of feeds used to produce chickens in the United States.

On Oct. 19, Craig Coufal, an assistant professor of poultry science at Mississippi State University will present both the morning and afternoon programs. In his morning presentation, Coufal, who received his academic training at Texas A&M University, will give a different perspective on the evolution of the “science” of poultry programs across the United States.

In his afternoon presentation, Coufal will talk about poultry house litter management in general. Specifically, he is an expert on nitrogen levels in poultry houses and will talk about ways to manage ammonia in poultry houses.

Sunbelt Expo Executive Director Chip Blalock, says, “The new poultry building will give our visitors an opportunity to see how one of our areas largest agricultural industries works. It will be a perfect compliment to the Fuller Livestock facility and give visitors a better understanding of the scope of the livestock industry in the Southeast.”

This year’s Sunbelt Expo will be held Oct. 17-19 at Moultrie, Ga. For additional information visit www.sunbeltexpo.com.

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