Aviagen has organised a special event to honour members of its Ross 400 Club Gold, and welcomed 17 members on 19 and 20 November to celebrate their achievements.
The gathering provided an opportunity for fellow Gold members to share experiences and learn from one another. They enjoyed talking to the Aviagen team, hearing insights into the latest breeding developments.
Among the presentations, Dejan Bosanac, Regional Technical Manager of Aviagen in Hungary, offered a glimpse of Ross 400 Club activities in Eastern Europe; he also highlighted the opportunities and challenges of the dynamic marketplace in his region.
Since the inception of the Gold awards, 36 members have already earned 42 awards.
Stuart Thomson, Head of Aviagen UK sales and customer support, said: “We’re delighted with the impressive accomplishments. It’s rewarding for us to see these results, as well as the amazing number of repeat winners. Our UK customers keep working harder, improving on their past successes, and serving as an inspiration to growers everywhere, not just in the UK.”
Gold award winner Tim Nash from Easingwold Chickens said: “Meeting many other 400 Club growers and finding out how they do things, their secret formula, was very useful. I found the R&D presentation by Magnus Swalander particularly interesting, as it gave insight into the Aviagen breeding program.”
Similarly, Oliver Hoddinott from OP Hoddinott and Sons also said networking with industry colleagues was a highlight. “The event was great, and I enjoyed the time to share ideas and learn from other high-performing growers who have a drive to push performance and aim for excellence. My aspiration is to do what we do on our farm better, with improved efficiency, health and welfare at the forefront.”
Sean Harrison from Crofty Farm said: “Earning the first-ever Ross 420 Gold award was one of my proudest achievements. I’m confident the program will be an inspiration to younger generations that a career in poultry is fulfilling, and hard work is both recognised and rewarded.”