NOTE: The programme is subject to change, so please check back here for the latest version

Monday 22nd August 2022

Registration opens at 10am

Lunch 12 noon

1pm start

Our first two sessions of the Symposium aim to set the scene for the meeting with a lively introduction to the current state of play in the industry.

Session 1. Background
Branch Chair and Meeting Chairman’s Introductions
Mr Stephen Lister and Dr Nell Masey O’Neill
1. Novel alternatives to antibiotics for use in the poultry industry
Professor Roberto La Ragione, University of Surrey
2. What is antibiotic resistance and why is it a problem?
Dr Sam McLean, Nottingham Trent University


Session 2. What are the challenges of working to promote gut health?
3. A Practical Approach to managing poultry without antibiotics.
Reg Smith, Consultant, Former Ag Director, Faccenda
4. What are the challenges of working without AGPs? Nutrition perspectives – producing feed without antibiotics
Ralph Bishop, Premier Nutrition

Afternoon sessions’ panel discussion.

6.30pm Barbeque at Memorial Court, Clare College

Tuesday 23rd August

9am start

Session 3 Definition and modes of action of pre and pro biotics
5. Role of pre-, pro- and syn-biotics in reducing zoonotic pathogen abundance, lowering anti-microbial resistance, and improving food safety: Old concepts with a new perspective.
Dr Farina Khattak, SRUC
6. Is competitive exclusion a useful new technology?
Dr Ivan Rychlik, Veterinary Research Institute, Czech Republic


Session 4. How should we evaluate these additives?
7. What are the classical measures of Animal performance that are relevant?
Dr Anne Richmond, Moy Park
8. How can we generalise from disparate measures?
Dr Mike Bedford, ABVista

Morning sessions’ panel discussion.


Session 5: What are the modes of action in poultry?
9. Possibly microbiome assessment – who is offering this as a commercial tool?
Dr Nat Morgan, University of New England
10. Microbiome assessment
Dr Jack Geremia, DSM
11. Mechanisms of action in performance improvement. Can you translate changes in microbiome to changes in bird performance?

Poster viewing and tea

Session 6. How do pre and pro biotics interact with other dietary components?
12. Title TBC
13. Paradigm Shifts in EU Animal Nutrition Legislation – Local & Global Implications
Eleanor McCartney, Pen and Tec Consulting

Afternoon sessions’ panel discussion

6.30pm Drinks reception with punting on the Cam, Trinity Hall

7.30pm Gala Dinner, Trinity Hall

Wednesday 24th August

Session 7. Next Steps and New Technologies
14. Phytotherapeutics: Practical use and field experience
Professor Martha Clokie and Dr Anisha Thanki, University of Leicester
15. Phytotherapeutics and others, where to use them
Allan Ball, Slate Hall
16. Biomarkers for Intestinal Health
Professor Richard Ducatelle, University of Ghent


Session 8 – Discussion/close
17. Chaired panel session with gathered questions

1pm Lunch and close