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Breeder Management and Nutrition eBook

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In the eBook, Breeder Management and Nutrition: Moving the industry forward, Novus International brought together some of the top minds in the broiler breeder industry to share their scientific and technical knowledge alongside information on the latest advances and innovations in poultry breeding.

The authors include academics, researchers, industry leaders, breeding company experts, nutrition company innovators, veterinarians, and nutritionists to consider how each part of the broiler breeder’s lifecycle can be optimized to support performance and positively impact the producer and the industry.

The carefully curated 14 chapters are designed to serve as a reference for current broiler breeder production best practices and considerations. Book coordinators also hope the information serves as a catalyst for new ideas in management, nutrition, and industry sustainability.


  1. Global (poultry) Meat Production: A Holistic View by Eddy Decuypere, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the Physiology of Domestic Animals at KU Leuven (Belgium)
  2. Quantitative Feed Restriction and Reproductive Performance by Aitor Arrazola, Ph.D., a biologist and postdoctoral researcher with Purdue University (Indiana)
  3. Effects of Breeder Feed Restriction on Behaviour, Welfare, Reproduction, and Health by R.A. (Rick) van Emous, Ph.D., Senior Researcher in Animal Nutrition at Wageningen Livestock Research (Netherlands) and A.J.W. (Annemarie) Mens, researcher in poultry and swine nutrition at Wageningen Livestock Research (Netherlands)
  4. The Effects of Qualitative Feed Restriction on Performance, Behaviour, and Welfare of Broiler Breeders by Henk Enting, Ph.D., Senior Poultry Technology Lead for Cargill Animal Nutrition
  5. Trace Mineral Nutrition in Breeder Hens by Stanislaw Budnik, Ph.D., Senior Poultry Technical Services Manager for Northern Europe at Novus International and Silvia Peris Miras, DVM, Ph.D., Executive Regional Technical Services Manager for Europe, Africa & Middle East at Novus International
  6. Macrominerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, and Electrolytes by Hugo Romero- Sanchez, Ph.D., Executive Global Poultry Solutions Manager at Novus International and Dinabandhu Joardar, Ph.D., Poultry Nutritionist with Cargill Animal Nutrition – North America
  7. Housing, Equipment and Management of Broiler Breeders by R.A. (Rick) van Emous, Ph.D., Senior Researcher in Animal Nutrition at Wageningen Livestock Research (Netherlands)
  8. Management and Nutrition of the Male Breeder by Hugo Romero Sanchez, Ph.D., Executive Global Poultry Solutions Manager at Novus International and Edgar O. Oviedo-Rondón, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University (United States)
  9. Maternal Programming of the Offspring by Rebecca Forder, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide (Australia)
  10. Harnessing Epigenetics to Improve Chick Quality with Trace Mineral Zinc by Juxing Chen, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Structure and Functional Biology at Novus International and Mercedes Vázquez-Añón, Ph.D., Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Account Collaboration at Novus International
  11. Opportunities for Multi- and Transgenerational Feeding Strategies for Sustainable Broiler Breeder Management by Johan Buyse, Ph.D., head of the Laboratory of Livestock Physiology at KU Leuven (Belgium), book co-editor
  12. Breeder Management During Rearing: A Cobb Perspective by Robin Jarquin, Ph.D., Director of World Technical Services at Cobb-Vantress and Juan Carlos, DVM, Technical Manager with Cobb-Spain
  13. Layer Breeding: Past, Present and Future Perspectives by David Cavero Pintado, Ph.D., Chief Geneticist at H&N International in Cuxhaven (Germany) and Xabier Arbe Ugalde, Ph.D., Managing Director for Technical Service and Nutrition at H&N International in Cuxhaven (Germany)


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