We work together actively and innovatively with partners from practice and research. We have also enjoyed many years of cooperation with international institutions and organisations.
The Landesverband der Niedersächsischen Geflügelwirtschaft e.V. (NGW) (Lower Saxony Poultry Association) represents the interests and issues of its more than 1,600 members towards politics, administration and the public. It is the contact for almost all companies and businesses in the Lower Saxony poultry industry.
In the transparency project, the opening of market-oriented farms of egg production and poultry fattening in Lower Saxony and neighbouring federal states should enable the general public to gain a realistic picture of current, modern poultry farming. WING is responsible for managing the project. The NGW provides support, for example by providing information about poultry keeping at company open days. The farm openings are accompanied by empirical data collected by WING. The analyses are intended to document the attitude to intensive poultry keeping before and after a visit to a stable as well as the origin, age and social structure of the visitors.
Every two years, the Lower Saxony Regional Farmers' Association, together with strong partners, invite people to the "Open Farm Day" in Lower Saxony. It is one of the central events of the farming families in order to enter into dialogue with the citizens.
The family farms in the poultry industry can use this day as an opportunity to participate in the project "Transparency Project in the Poultry Industry", which is managed by WING. Together with WING and the Lower Saxony Regional Farmers' Association, it was already possible to organise farm openings, sometimes with more than 1,000 visitors to the barn. Furthermore, the day is a day for information and knowledge transfer. At information stands, WING provides the structures of German poultry farming and the latest research results in the field of poultry.
In addition, the Lower Saxony Regional Farmers' Association regularly organise the "Tour de Flur" bike ride. Interested and active people can experience how things actually are in the fields and in the stables of local farmers at different stations. The farms offer the opportunity to take a look behind the farm gates and talk to farmers in person. During the farm openings on the Tour de Flur, WING works together with the Lower Saxony Regional Farmers' Association and the farmers by carrying out visitor surveys and providing new results from research and practice as part of the WING project "Transparency Project in the Poultry Industry".
With the Study Focus on Applied Poultry Science (StanGe) of the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Department of Animal Husbandry and Products, there is a long-standing significant cooperation in the field of science. The focus is on the joint organisation of symposia and workshops. In the events and training sessions, scientific results and discussions on current issues and challenges are linked, so that a high practical relevance is achieved. Thus, WING and StanGe constitute a platform for engaging in intensive dialogue between all people involved with egg and poultry meat production.
In addition, Prof. Dr. Robby Andersson, Professor of Animal Husbandry and Applied Poultry Sciences, advises in the WING Scientific Advisory Board.
The Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences sees its task as providing assistance and solutions for the long-term sustainable development of rural and urban areas. Ensuring a quantitatively adequate, high-quality and safe diet as well as a consistent focus on the wishes of worldwide consumers is a high priority (https://www.agrar.hu-berlin.de/de).
There is a long-standing exchange of knowledge between Prof. von Witzke from the Faculty of Life Sciences, Albrecht Daniel Thaer - Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, and the Scientific Director of WING, Prof. Windhorst, who is responsible for the preparation of a joint study on the overall social benefits of modern poultry meat production in Germany and the European Union, amongst other. (Link to study?) Furthermore, Prof. von Witzke is one of the founding members of the WING Scientific Advisory Board.
The Institute of Avian Diseases offers a DAkkS accredited test laboratory for microbiology, parasitology, virology and pathology according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.
In research and teaching, for example, the institute offers lectures and clinical demonstrations on the diseases in commercial poultry as well as ornamental, zoo and wild birds. In addition to etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy and prophylaxis of infectious diseases, keeping commercial poultry and hobby birds as well as laboratory diagnostic methods are discussed.
There is ongoing cooperation between WING and the Institute of Avian Diseases, which is reflected, for example, in the exchange of research results. For example, WING scientists regularly attend as speakers at the international symposia on poultry production and poultry diseases organised by Prof. Hafez. Prof. Hafez also serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for lectures at WING conferences.
The Institute for Livestock Sciences focuses on a resource-efficient and species-appropriate husbandry of livestock. The focus in teaching and research is on the understanding of metabolic and adaptation processes in animals and their consequences for the agricultural economy. For the genotypic and phenotypic characterisation of the animals, a broad range of methods is used. One research focus of the institute is the microbiota of the digestive tract and its interaction with the animal and its environment. (https://www.uni-hohenheim.de)
As Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board, Prof. Michael A. Grashorn (Population Genomics in Livestock at the Institute for Livestock Sciences) is one of the closest advisors in terms of the scientific orientation of WING. In addition, he provides current research work from his institute for publication on the homepage of WING and often acts as moderator or speaker at WING events.
The tasks of the Clinic for Poultry can essentially be assigned to the three fields of activity research, teaching and service. In the area of research, the clinic focuses on the following main topics: Studies on the effectiveness and safety of vaccines and drugs under controlled laboratory and field conditions; studies on occurrence, importance and control of relevant groups of pathogens in productive, ornamental and wild birds (zoonosis, animal diseases, food-associated infections); clinical-immunobiological studies on poultry, ornamental and wild birds; characteristics of immunosuppressive pathogens; husbandry, animal welfare and animal health in poultry.
WING has a long-term cooperation with the clinic for poultry. WING scientists regularly present their research results at the poultry discussions in Hanover. Since 2015, Prof. Rautenschlein has been working on the WING Scientific Advisory Board, which has intensified the scientific exchange between the two institutions.
The institute focuses on the development of new insights from the point of view of so-called market intelligence (information based on facts and evidence) and the integral approach in the processing of tasks. It is a nationally and internationally renowned institute and has extensive experience in the conception and implementation of strategy analyses, such as cost-benefit analyses in the social sphere, impact assessments, future studies and market and economic chain research projects for companies, consumer research projects and the establishment of surveillance systems.
In particular, LEI poultry economist Peter van Horne and the Scientific Director of WING have many years of joint work as scientific analysts for the International Egg Commission. Within this framework, a continuous coordination of research data and analyses takes place. Peter van Horne is also a member of the WING Scientific Advisory Board.
An international cooperation exists with the Egg Industry Center in the USA. The EIC was founded in 2008 at the Iowa State University. It is located in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of ISU in Ames. The aim of the establishment is to promote the egg industry by providing data, scientific research and the organisation of symposia and congresses. The EIC is financially supported by the international egg industry. At monthly intervals, it publishes comprehensive statistical data on the development of laying hen stocks, egg production and price development on the Internet.
EIC scientists are involved in national and international research projects. Prof. Dr. Hongwei Xin, Director of the EIC, is also a member of the WING Scientific Advisory Board.
The IEC is an association of individual companies, associations and countries with the aim of promoting the global egg industry. It was founded in 1964 at a first meeting of egg producers in Berlin. It is now located in London. The IEC arranges two scientific conferences per year. The spring conference is always held in a European country, and the autumn conference is organised in different locations around the world. In addition to extensive statistical materials for the members, which are published in the Annual Review, Special Reports are prepared for the delegates' conferences, documenting the structures of the egg industry in different countries or continents. In addition, individual studies on specific issues for members are provided online. The IEC has set itself a new task by providing intensive support for laying hens and egg production in Africa. It is expected that the success of the first facility in Swaziland will be spread to neighbouring countries.
WING cooperates closely with the International Egg Commission through its Scientific Director, who has worked for years as a Statistical Analyst for the IEC.
The WPSA is an organisation of approximately 8,000 scientists from around the world who have set themselves the goal of coordinating and promoting scientific research in all areas of the poultry industry. This is done by organising meetings and congresses, working in various working groups, and publishing a journal - the World's Poultry Science Journal. It is one of the leading magazines in poultry sciences. Prof. Dr. Windhorst, Scientific Director of WING, writes expert reviews. The WPSA is located in Beekbergen (Netherlands).
Prof. Windhorst is also a board member of the “Deutschen Vereinigung für Geflügelwissenschaft e.V.”. It promotes scientific progress in the poultry industry as a national group within the WPSA. It also publishes a scientific magazine, the European Poultry Science. The German section also organises conferences and congresses and carries out regular excursions abroad.
The European Poultry Club (EPC) was founded in Hanover in November 2002. It is a neutral platform and an independent network of leading practitioners in the European poultry sector. Above all, experiences and knowledge should be shared in the EPC. (http://www.poultryclub.com)
Prof. Windhorst is a member of the European Poultry Club and is also invited as a speaker at the events organized by the EPC at the EuroTier trade fair.