WEBINAR: Early nutrition affects future broiler immunity & performance

Watch on-demand now to learn how to achieve optimum egg production, higher hatch and more resilient chicks. Early nutrition […]

Aug 3rd, 2020
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Watch on-demand now to learn how to achieve optimum egg production, higher hatch and more resilient chicks.

Early nutrition is important in the modern broiler industry, and new techniques can provide young chickens with a good start. In this webinar, gain insights from Rick Kleyn, Founder of SPESFEED Consulting, and internationally recognized educator, author and consultant for his wide-ranging knowledge of poultry nutrition. The webinar will cover early chicken physiology, the main concepts of early nutrition, changing nutritional requirements and why the diets of young chickens need special attention. Key objectives of modern nutritional strategies also include early development of the immune and gastrointestinal systems. Kleyn will highlight early nutrition as an opportunity to further advance nutritional practices and improve the overall performance and health status of commercial broiler flocks. In the past several years, novel ingredients have been introduced as a nutritional strategy to help support the immune system, promote intestinal integrity and functionality, and increase tolerance to stress and disease challenges – all of which are of interest to the poultry industry.



  1. Early nutrition is important as it impacts future health and performance
  2. Early development of the immune and gastrointestinal systems are key objectives
  3. Young chickens are not simply small adults and need special feeding strategies to reach their genetic potential
  4. Novel nutritional ingredients can play a role in improving chick health and lifetime performance


This webinar is sponsored by APC Inc. and presented by WATTAgNetFeed Strategy and WATT Global Media.

Speaker Info:


Rick Kleyn

Rick Kleyn, consultant, SPESFEED Consulting
Rick Kleyn is a graduate of the University of Natal (now Kwa-Zulu Natal), where he obtained a Master’s degree in Poultry Nutrition. After spending some time in the feed industry, he started his own nutritional consultancy company, SPESFEED Consulting, in 1989. The company’s client base includes feed millers, premix manufacturers, poultry integrators and ingredient suppliers. He principally works in Africa but has had considerable exposure to European and Asian production systems. He has been invited to speak at conferences on all continents. He has published a book titled “Chicken Nutrition: A guide for nutritionists and poultry professionals.” A new book titled “Broiler Nutrition Masterclass,” written with Peter Chrystal is set to be published in 2020.


Ricardo Esquerra

Dr. Ricardo Esquerra, Global Poultry Manager at APC Inc.
Dr. Ricardo Esquerra is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), with an MSc and a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. In 2013, he completed an MBA in Business Management from the Faculdade Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil. His professional interests extend to developing technologies and applications on poultry productivity and nutrition, and animal health through nutrition. With experience in innovation in nutrition, technical services and business development for the North American, Latin American, African, European and Asian industries, he is currently the Global Poultry Manager at APC Inc., focusing his efforts on developing applications and value-adding use cases for functional proteins in poultry.

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