PSA Insights
Disseminating Your Research Through PSA

The Poultry Science Association hosts a variety of options to support our mission to disseminate the research and knowledge within the poultry science community and beyond. The journals (Poultry Science® and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research) are fantastic, peer reviewed publications, but once your research has been published, what else can be done?

As PSA continues to develop new methods to disseminate the science, keep in mind the options available to you now. Through Let's Squawk About It, you have the opportunity to discuss your current, or past research, and its relevance for the poultry science industry and community. Interpretive Summaries are produced monthly and serve to condense the scientific research from our journals into a quick-read format linking directly to your articles. Additional Reading in every issue of our monthly PSA Postings is dedicated to research notes and review articles, serving to push the latest science and still-relevant content to our community.

Is there maybe something else we can consider or you would like to participate in? I would love to hear from you to discuss further possibilities! Express your interest through the Get Involved with PSA form or you can email me directly at

Samuel T. Shafer, MBA
Marketing Manager, PSA
Let's "Squawk" About It
Natural Feed Additives for Poultry Health
As things shift to a more natural approach, what are some of the natural feed additives to consider? What are they good for? And, what are their limitations? Join PSA as we discuss all natural feed additives and the benefits they can offer to poultry health with Laura Corbett representing Anpario.

Want to Participate?
Do you want to squawk with us? Complete the Get Involved with PSA Form to submit your topic for consideration on Let's Squawk About It.

PSA Member Spotlight
Know someone you'd like to nominate for Member Spotlights or want to nominate yourself? Download the Questionnaire Here!
Daniel John Shafer

Current Employer:
Maple Leaf Farms

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

Area of Expertise:
Poultry Nutrition & Production Management. Specializing in Pekin Ducks for the past 24 years.

Where did you grow up and did you have poultry in your youth?
Grew up in the South Plains region of the Texas Panhandle. I had a few Quail, Gamecock and Ducks to care for as kid.

What was your first job out of school and what were your responsibilities?
Working for a Mixed Animal Veterinary Clinic that focused on Quarter Horse and Cattle care.

If you had a motto that applied to your daily professional career, what would it be?
First things first, trust your people, and make sure to include folks on your team that view things from a different perspective!

What value does PSA membership offer you?
Access to great minds and great research.

What is your favorite poultry breed?
Pekin Duck of Course!
Interpretive Summary
What is the ideal marketable age for broiler ducks?

With the rise in duck meat popularity, especially in China, how long does it take to raise ducks to a marketable age? This question of course comes without compromising on meat quality and nutritional value. Researchers at Yangzhou University have examined this topic from every angle and pinpointed an ideal age for Cherry Valley broiler ducks.
PSA Fellow Nominations
November 1st Deadline Approaching

The distinction of Fellow is the highest award bestowed by the Poultry Science Association and is granted for professional accomplishments and contributions to the field of poultry science and service to the Poultry Science Association.

To nominate someone for PSA Fellow consideration, please visit the PSA Website Here.
Additional Reading
The Effect of Floor Rearing Systems on Small-Sized Meat Ducks
This research note examines the meat quality of small-sized meat ducks based on two different rearing systems. For the experiment, the birds were reared in a furnished cage system or a plastic wire-floor system.

This quick read provides an insight into the slight differences on growth performance found by rearing the birds on two different flooring systems.
PSA Scholarship Opportunities
Applications Open for 2022

Applications are now being accepted for students interested in applying for the 2022 Diamond V Undergraduate Poultry Science Scholarship and the Zinpro Corporation’s Undergraduate Poultry Science Scholarship.

Complete elegibility requirements as well as materials and information needed for the applications are available on the PSA Website here.

The deadline to submit applications for consideration is Friday, December 31, 2021.
Giesen Internship Program
Applications Open for 2022

The Andrew F. Giesen III Poultry Science Foundation Undergraduate Internship Program is now accepting company applications for the summer of 2022. Once again, PSA will be offering a free, 60-day internship job posting in the PSA career center for companies looking to help recruit student candidates. This free offer will be available through February 1, 2022, and details for utilizing this opportunity will be sent to you upon completion of the form mentioned below.

Companies interested in participating must be based in the United States or Canada and complete the Company Intern Registration Form. The deadline to complete the form is December 31, 2021. Additional deadlines and details, including intern requirements, are available on the PSA website here.

Chicken Marketing Summit
Access Digital Content & More

The 2021 Chicken Marketing Summit has ended, but access to on-demand session recordings will be available for interested individuals to register for until October 31, 2021.

In addition to educational session recordings, registrants will also gain access to a one-on-one meeting scheduler, attendee list, and digital showrooms.
IPSF 2022
The abstract submission deadline is Nov. 10th

The International Poultry Scientific Forum is accepting abstract submissions to be presented at the 2022 forum. See the full announcement through the link below.