Customers of Aviagen in Europe came together in Edinburgh from 23 to 25 October for a conference about breeders. The primary goal was to give management insight into optimising the health, welfare, and sustainability of Ross breeders.
Guests heard about Aviagen’s latest research and development, updates on breeding for welfare and sustainability, and a range of breeder management subjects. They also discussed the latest findings from European trials aimed at strengthening bird welfare.
Customers from 20 European countries attended, and provided a valuable opportunity for attendees to get updates on Parent Stock (PS) management, such as rearing, production and male management, nutrition, biosecurity, and practical advice on hatching egg storage.
Aviagen EPI regional technical manager Sascha Kuer said: “We were proud to have our customers together here in Edinburgh, the home of Ross, for our Breeder Focus seminar 2023. It was rewarding to hear their feedback on the content quality and that they were happy for another opportunity to get together with fellow breeder growers.”
Veterinarian Stefan Weier from Rothkötter Gruppe, Germany, highlighted the importance of networking at the event. “I benefited greatly from the insight of both the speakers and my peers in the industry.”
Erik Wolterinck, General Manager, Schotman Hatcheries, The Netherlands, added: “It was interesting to learn about the genetic development of Ross birds and how efficiency can be optimized through feed and nutrition. I also appreciated the insight into market developments, particularly in slower-growing breeds.”
“Our best takeaway was to see what goes on within Aviagen, the background that we don’t normally see,” said John Nicholls, Flock Farmer Manager, Avara Foods, UK.
“Breeder Focus has been a resounding success in championing the success of our customers, fostering collaboration, addressing industry challenges, and building confidence in our commitment to achieving excellence in poultry breeding,” said Aviagen’s Stuart Thomson, Head of UK Sales & Tech/Regional Technical Manager, Northern Europe.