May 2, 2024


Aviagen EPI shares insight with poultry industry delegates from Belgium and Netherlands at Dutch event




Aviagen® EPI on April 17 welcomed 120 delegates from across the Netherlands and Belgium to the Breeder Focus 2.0 seminar held in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.


The event, a regional follow-up to the European Breeder Focus seminar in Edinburgh, Scotland, the United Kingdom, in autumn 2023, brought together a wide range of delegates, representing customers, the feed sector, veterinarians, hatching-egg traders, equipment companies, hatcheries and rearing integrations. 


Henk Steenblik, head sales manager at Aviagen EPI, organised Breeder Focus 2.0 and pulled together a comprehensive agenda designed to navigate pressing industry challenges and promote knowledge exchange between the attendees and speakers. The presentations included:


    - Research and development update: Global trials manager Jens Lesuisse provided a comprehensive overview of the latest advancements in the Aviagen breeding programme, giving the group insight into future trends and developments in the poultry sector;


    - Optimising parent stock (PS) nutrition: Senior nutritionist Carolyne Kemp shared ideas on ways to enhance PS nutrition, offering strategies such as balancing the ratio between energy and amino acids;


    - Handling market challenges: Anne-Marie Neeteson, global senior advisor (welfare, sustainability and compliance) at Aviagen Group, addressed the complexities of the current broiler market from a welfare and sustainability perspective;


    - Enhancing storage and transport protocols: Frank van Merle, technical service and Q&A manager at Aviagen EPI, provided advice on optimising the storage and transport of hatching eggs, emphasising temperature control and other factors for ensuring hatchability and chick quality;


    - Male management best practices: John Lemmens, technical service manager at Aviagen EPI, provided expert guidance on effective methods and tools on male management.


"Aviagen EPI is committed to cultivating meaningful connections and knowledge-sharing opportunities within our regional poultry industry," said Henk Steenblik. "We are delighted with the positive feedback from our customers on Breeder Focus 2.0, who found the event a useful platform to learn and exchange information to consistently evolve the welfare, performance and sustainability of their birds."

- Aviagen

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