Ludhiana 16 June 2022-Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organized a one day interactive session with the broilers farmers associated with Independent Poultry Association (IPA).

Mr. Sanjay Sharma, President of the association welcomed the participants and discussed the rising cost of the inputs in broiler farming. He talked about certain references in which mal practices were being done by integrated companies. He gave the reference of the recent speech given by Honorable Sanjeev Balyan, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development, GOI about the losses of broiler farmers in spite of 6-8% growth of the industry. He wondered why integrators are flourishing and farmers are suffering.

Dr Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, Head Department of Veterinary Pathology gave a presentation on Emerging Viral Diseases in Broilers. He advised the farmers to watch the symptoms of various viral diseases. Different viral diseases attack at different ages and affect different organs. He told that postmortem of sick and dead birds is routinely done in the office hours and farmers must bring them quickly, get the treatment to be done to minimize losses. He cautioned the farmers regarding the lapses in biosecurity.

Dr Parminder Singh, Professor & the coordinator of the meeting told that boiler farmers meet every 2nd Monday at the university to discuss various management & technical issues related to broiler farming. He advised the farmers to watch the feed conversion ratio (FCR) and associated cost of feed. He discussed few alternatives to economize the feed formulations. Mr. Pankaj Hastwala, National Sales Manager, M/s Regen Biocorps Pvt. Ltd. Vadodra interacted with farmers and highlighted different products of his company which prevent diseases by increasing immunity due to their natural and herb based products. Dr Parkash Singh Brar, Director of Extension Education asked the farmers to remain in touch with university experts and inculcate the habit of reading. GADVASU publishes monthly magazine Vigyanik Pashu Palan and university also have special books on Poultry farming. He informed other activities and trainings of the university for the farmers especially hand on trainings for shorter duration where poultry farmers can learn to make products from eggs and meat and market to earn more profit.