CAMPINAS, Brazil – Discussions on how to get the greatest health, welfare and performance from Ross® and Arbor Acres® broiler breeding stock took place during two Aviagen®-hosted events in Orlando, Fla., US. From July 7 to 12, Aviagen brought together more than 150 attendees from leading poultry companies representing 16 Latin American countries for the Aviagen Latin America Association (ALAA) and Aviagen Training Conference – Latin America (ATC-LA). Dedicated to grandparent (GP) stock customers, the ALAA took place on July 7 and 8, while the ATC-LA session went on from July 8-12, hosting both GP and Parent Stock (PS) growers.
Conversations at both gatherings centered on grandparent production, genetic advancements, fertility, biosecurity, flock management, nutrition, health and other topics critical to the production of robust, quality breeder and broiler chickens
Marco Aurelio Araujo, Aviagen Technical Services Manager in Brazil, explained the importance of the conferences to Aviagen and its customers: "During the meetings, we explored ways to improve processes and implement best practices. Our intention is for participants to share this advice with their teams at home and apply them to their daily operations.
"It was our aim to provide an opportunity for flock managers and stockmen to update their strategies to achieve better results with our birds," commented Jorge Amado, head of Technical Services at Aviagen in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean (CAME). “In Central America, customers are reporting significant improvements in chick and eggs production compared to a few years ago. These improvements can be attributed not only to genetic development, but also to excellence in flock management regarding areas such as biosecurity and nutrition.”
For Osvaldo Bolinaga, head of Aviagen's Technical Services in South America, except Brazil (SAEB), the event enables the company to “further intensify its support to help customers maximize the performance Aviagen broiler breeding stock. Perhaps more importantly, however, was the networking and strengthening of relationships and experiences with colleagues from different countries.”