July 29, 2019
Aviagen veterinary services and export team hosts Sri Lankan official
Aviagen's veterinary services and export team recently welcomed an official from the government of Sri Lanka, the company said.
Dr. KD Ariyapala, Sri Lanka's director general of Sri Lanka's Department of Animal Production and Health, was accompanied by Jean Murphy, vice president of Trade Policy for the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), during the meeting held in Alabama, US.
Delegates from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Tennessee government and poultry industry were also in attendance.
US primary breeding companies supply Sri Lanka with poultry breeding stock. As such, Dr. Ariyapala's goal was to learn about the US breeding system through a glimpse of Aviagen's biosecurity programmes, including government-certified avian influenza (AI) Clean compartment farms and facilities. Aviagen acted as a representative of the US primary breeding companies during the visit.
The event consisted of a tour of an Aviagen compartment farm and veterinary laboratory in Elkmont, Alabama, a review of Aviagen's biosecurity, health and testing programmes, and multiple discussions and sharing of knowledge. These talks focused on Aviagen's approach to biosecurity, including compartmentalisation and zoning strategies, and the interactions between the primary breeding industry and local and federal government teams to facilitate poultry export. Together, they discussed opportunities to improve the process between the US and Sri Lanka.
"We considered it an honor to welcome Dr. Ariyapala and engage with him on these important topics," said Dr. Kate Hayes, Aviagen's production programme veterinarian.
"Aviagen is committed to continuous improvement of our processes, especially concerning biosecurity and the export of our day-old chicks. It's discussions such as these that lead to a better understanding of the best practices to eliminate the spread of avian illness and open trade barriers, so that people around the world can receive an uninterrupted supply of broiler breeders, which help supply current and future generations with a quality source of protein."