September 16, 2019
Aviagen's EMEA school sees students engage in breeder management practices
On August 25-31, 34 Aviagen customers from 22 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia attended the 8th Breeder Module of the EMEA Production Management School in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Together with their tutors and industry colleagues, students explored breeder management topics with two-pronged benefits: balanced performance, health and welfare, along with high economic returns for producers.
To achieve these goals, the training covered the latest developments in breeder nutrition, health, ventilation, rearing and laying management. At the same time, it addressed the importance of effective data analysis, key performance indicators and other profit drivers in the chicken value chain.
The EMEA Schools are experiencing widespread success due to their unique, hands-on and collaborative training methods. Presented with real-life case studies, students of both the Breeder and Broiler Schools investigated issues and agreed as a team on the best solutions to solve them. Together, they worked toward the common goal of optimising broiler and breeder management in a realistic farm scenario.
"The interaction among students and tutors during the Breeder Module was exceptional. It's rewarding to see global poultry people coming together and working as a unit to enhance the performance of Aviagen birds," said the school's director, Glenn Bushell.
"Of course, the ultimate reward is the idea-sharing that takes place and lifelong friendships that are built during the learning journey."
Alan Thomson, general manager of Aviagen UK Limited, added: "Our goal is to provide an environment to learn, exchange knowledge, and… enjoy the experience. While all students have different objectives, the overriding target is the same: the success of their businesses and the global poultry industry, coupled with personal development. Our wish for our students is that the learning doesn't stop at the end of the school, but instead that they apply the best practices toward continuous improvement of their businesses, and keep up an ongoing connection and collaboration with their fellow students from around the globe."