PSA Insights
Preparing for an Exciting Year!
Hello PSA members and subscribers of our monthly eNewsletter! 2022 is expected to be a big year with the Association as we move to technological advances that not only elevate PSA's offerings, but also provide helpful resources to you!

As we finalize some details from 2021, we are excited to offer a couple new reports for PSA. The first of which is unique to our Association and will highlight the impact PSA has on the global poultry science community. The second will be our first-ever Annual Report. We are excited to share this information with you to help demonstrate the impact your involvement through PSA has on the Poultry Industry.

We are also working on a slate of original content including more exposure to research, PSA Webinars, and our highly anticipated return to an in-person Annual Meeting. Stay tuned as 2022 should prove to be an exciting year!

Best Regards,

Sam Shafer
Marketing Manager, PSA
PSA Meetings Update
2022 PSA Annual Meeting

Abstracts are now being accepted for this summer's in-person Annual Meeting!

Abstracts will be accepted until the deadline on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
2022 Latin American Scientific Conference

This fall's meeting will take place on October 4-6, 2022 at the Hotel Bourbon de Foz do Iguaçu in Iguaçu Falls Brazil.

Additional details will be made available as the meeting approaches.
Interpretive Summary
Reducing Avian Influenza in Transport

With the rise in the current Avian Influenza throughout Europe, concerns are high as producers work to combat the issue.

A new study published in Poultry Science® has yielded some promising results to help reduce to spread of the influenza in transportation.
PSA Member Spotlight
Are you interested in being featured in a Member Spotlight? Or maybe you would like to nominate someone? Complete the Member Spotlight submission form here!
Mohammed Hashim

Current Employer:
Ag Pack LLC

  • Bachelor's Degree - University of Baghdad
  • Master's Degree - Texas A&M University
  • PhD - Texas A&M University

Area of Expertise:
Poultry nutrition

Where did you grow up and did you have poultry in your youth?
I grew up on our family farm located in in Baghdad suburb area in Iraq. I had had different poultry species in my youth such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and guinea fowl. I also had cattle and water buffalo.

What was your first job out of school and what were your responsibilities?
My first job after I finished my bachelors degree was a resident veterinarian. I did rotation between poultry to small ruminants and large ruminants. Responsibilities included but not limited to took case history, collected samples and sent to lab, diagnosed diseases or illnesses, prescribed medications, and administered vaccines.
If you had a motto that applied to your daily professional career, what would it be?
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
-Abraham Lincoln

What value does your PSA membership offer you?
PSA membership offers me opportunity to connect with professionals from all around the world and build a strong network especially during the annual PSA meetings.

What is your favorite poultry breed?
Rhode Island Red chicken

Fun Fact About Me:
I like hiking and my favorite is to hike to the top of Pinnacle Mountain west of Arkansas’s capital city of Little Rock.
Zinpro Undergraduate Scholarship
The Deadline is THIS MONDAY!

The extend the application deadline for the 2022 Zinpro Undergraduate Scholarship is quickly approaching. Applications are due by this coming Monday, February 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST. Complete details, qualifications, and link to apply are available though the PSA Website.

This scholarship opportunity is valued at up to $5,000 (total) distributed across up to 4 semesters.
Seeking Your Expertise
Poultry Fertility Specialist's Help Needed with Infertility in Emus

Assistance is currently being sought to help a local emu producer in Indiana. Individuals at Purdue University have been working with a producer to improve fertility of his flock of 20 emus.

The emus have been sexed and determined to be approximately 50:50, cocks:hens. Improvements to the flock's nutrition and enrichment have also been made. Although fertility has improved from previous years, numbers are still not close to expected or predicted levels.

There is a dearth of production data in the literature, and internet sources are anecdotal and many are contradictory. Consultation with individual who has experience or expertise with emus would be greatly appreciated.

If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact Dr. Greg Fraley (Terry and Sandra Tucker Endowed Chair of Poultry Science, Purdue University) at
Additional Reading
Studying the Quality Parameters of Turkey Hen Breast Fillets

This research note examines the quality of turkey hen breast meat as it relates to Deep Pectoral Myopahty (DPM), White Striping, and Wooden Breast. The study served to examine the quality parameters of color and texture of the breast meat as this is an area of study not done as widely in turkeys as it has been done in broilers.
Student Research Survey
Value of Welfare Measurements in Poultry

We want your opinions! Please help us understand viewpoints surrounding poultry welfare and measuring welfare on commercial farms.

Complete this 15-20 minute survey entitled "Value of Welfare Measurements in Poultry Welfare". This survey asks about poultry welfare and welfare measurements on commercial farms. This survey was created by researchers at the Purdue University Animal Science Department and is completely anonymous and confidential (IRB# 2021-1472).

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Meagan Abraham at or at the address 270 S Russell St., West Lafayette, IN 47907.

This survey will close on Thursday, March 31, 2022.