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Auchincruive were becoming increasingly outdated and
required significant investment to remain viable, and
stay compliant with Home Office regulations.
This new avian science research center is an
important part of SRUC's vision to become a unique,
21st century rural enterprise university.

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Is there a strategic benefit to relocating to
Midlothian?

oudijk: Yes, collaboration is the future for all
industries, and we are now within shouting
distance of two other animal science research providers
within the Edinburgh-based Easter Bush Research
Consortium - the Roslin Institute, the University of
Edinburgh and the Moredun Research Institute.
Within the Roslin Institute, we have potential
collaborators on genetics, genomics, novel microbiome
methodologies, gene sequencing methodologies, etc.,
while the Moredun Research Institute is a world leader
for research to improve livestock health and welfare
through the prevention and control of infectious disease.
It is also interesting to note that CIEL has invested
both in a mobile sensory lab that allows research and trial
work into product quality based on the sensory attributes
such as taste, texture, etc., as well as a mobile CT scanner.
This move will not only create an ethos of closer collaboration between us, but will provide us with closer access
to important technologies. Together with the expertise in
my own team, it provides a critical mass of animal scientists and resources not found elsewhere in the U.K.
So, in partnership with others, we will have a
research capability from egg to drumstick; from
farm to fork to plate.

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What are the new site's
key areas of expertise?

oudijk: The new unit will support current research
and expertise in all aspects of poultry production, including nutrition, behavior and welfare - areas
where we are particularly strong - as well as health and
product quality, with broilers, layers and turkeys.
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Jos Houdijk, head of SRUC's Monogastric Science Research
Centre, said the facility will offer trial work in near-commercial
conditions and future-proof commitments to being a world player
in research-led solutions for the poultry industry. Colin Hattersley
The unit's 144 floor pens in one large room can
accommodate up to 40 birds per pen - something
requested by the industry for the testing of feeds and diets
in particular - so, together with a series of small animal
rooms and an enriched housing layer facility, we are able
to scale up trial work and at the same time mimic what
birds experience under more commercial conditions.
In general, farmed birds in research institutes
are typically housed under better conditions than
the average commercial bird, and this can skew trial
results. By contrast, our new unit allows us to mimic
conditions that are typical in the industry.
We're also strong in aspects of broiler quality. For
example, we have effective methodologies to look at
novel approaches to reduce the risk of Campylobacter
transmission. Regulatory studies are another one of our
strengths, and I hope we will still want to support both
the U.K. Food Standards Agency and European Food
Standards Agency requirements following Brexit.

H

How do SRUC's new state-of-the-art facilities differ from the new state-of-the-art unit at
Bristol, which opened in January? They are both part
of CIEL.


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Poultry International - August 2019
Contents
Editor’s Comment
Japan’s poultry production continues to grow
Italian consumers purchasing higher-value eggs
SPACE to focus on many issues facing agriculture
Big data: connecting the chicken and the egg
To meet cage-free pledges, US industry will need to grow 3 times faster
Mexico’s poultry industry growing despite uncertainty
UK poultry research facility opens with unique advantages
Working toward a better understanding of poultry dysbiosis
4 major additives that replace antibiotics with success
How to avoid bottlenecks when packing processed poultry
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Poultry International - August 2019 - Japan’s poultry production continues to grow
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Poultry International - August 2019 - Italian consumers purchasing higher-value eggs
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Poultry International - August 2019 - SPACE to focus on many issues facing agriculture
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Poultry International - August 2019 - Big data: connecting the chicken and the egg
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Poultry International - August 2019 - To meet cage-free pledges, US industry will need to grow 3 times faster
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Poultry International - August 2019 - Mexico’s poultry industry growing despite uncertainty
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Poultry International - August 2019 - UK poultry research facility opens with unique advantages
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Poultry International - August 2019 - Working toward a better understanding of poultry dysbiosis
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Poultry International - August 2019 - 4 major additives that replace antibiotics with success
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