Seminars in Zambia covered farming basics that provide a great chick start
EDINBURGH, Scotland. – Indian River® customer Tiger Chicks recently hosted two beneficial seminars for broiler producers from throughout Zambia: a seminar in Choma took place on May 15, and a Monze event was held the following day on May 16.
Tiger Chicks hold these seminars to engage and talk to emerging broiler farmers and use the combined expertise of its four-person field team together with the Aviagen® Indian River team to improve broiler management in the field. The seminars have helped to build stronger relationships with the farmers and pave the way for future success.
Welcoming more than 80 broiler farmers each, the seminars emphasized the importance of implementing best management practices during the critical first seven days of a broiler chick’s life. A good chick start will result in optimal health, welfare and performance throughout a bird’s lifecycle. Attendees also discussed the excellent Indian River broiler robustness and productivity that is possible when implementing correct stockmanship and welfare combined with hard work and commitment.
Rowena Blanco, Nutritionist for Tiger Animal Feeds, discussed optimum nutrition for maximum broiler health and performance. In addition, Indian River International Commercial and Support Manager Mohsen Ganjaei presented on effective brooding management during both winter and summer climatic conditions.
Mohsen commented, “These seminars were a great reminder on the basics of broiler farming, and the importance of taking care of the unique needs during the first few days of a young bird’s life. It was rewarding to meet with these dedicated farmers, listen to their individual situations, and together explore ways to get the highest level of quality and performance with their Indian River birds.”
Important player in Zambian poultry market
Tiger Chicks is a business unit of Astral Foods, the leading South African integrated poultry producer. Consisting of both breeder farm and hatchery, Tiger Chicks plays a vital role in producing day-old broiler chicks for the Zambian market.
Tiger Chicks holds seminars in Zambia to educate customers on the management of the Indian River breed. The company is dedicated to maximizing the knowledge passed on to its customers and potential customers in Zambia so they may realize the full potential of the breed.
The future looks good for Indian River and Tiger Chicks as together they have achieved good breeder performance on their parent stock farms and the Indian River broiler has demonstrated strong livability in the hot environment while recording a feed conversion ratio (FCR) that is competitive with the best in the industry.