During Aug. 24-17, amid the buzz and beauty of ancient castles and festivities surrounding the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo event, Nortura’s hatchery team gathered with Aviagen Ltd. specialists to exchange ideas and glean important hatchery advice on Ross. Based in Norway, Nortura Samvirkekylling is a long-standing Aviagen SweChick Ross® parent stock customer.
The four-day visit to Edinburgh was kicked off with an introduction and welcome by Nortura’s Espen Sorlie, general manager, hatcheries.
Among the informative sessions presented during the event, Aviagen Ltd. Incubation Specialist Guo Jun explored critical egg quality topics such as turning, calibration and transfer to the hatcher. He also delved into the effects of environmental factors such as ventilation, hatchers and hatching conditions on chick health, welfare and performance, as well as how to investigate a hatch failure.
Aviagen Ltd Veterinarian Colin Adams explained the importance of hygiene in the hatchery, and General Manager Magnus Swalander provided insight into the future direction of the breeding program during his presentation, “The Future of the Bird.”
Relationship-building opportunities, take-home advice
In the spirit of promoting valued relationships, attendees took a break from the conference to relish Tattoo revelries and together experience Edinburgh’s historic landmarks and the vibe of the Edinburgh Festival.
“Our aim was to organize a memorable and enriching team-building trip, and the hatchery team chose the home of Ross as its destination,” said Sorlie. “We found the knowledge and advice to be very relevant to our hatchery challenges, and each of us met our goal of taking back practical messages that we can apply to improving the quality of our chicks.”
“It was good to see the Nortura hatchery team being motivated and encouraged by the opportunity to reinforce relationships and learn from the wealth of information presented to them. They do great work everyday, but the sessions led to a better understanding of the reasons and methods behind their daily tasks,” added Niamh Molloy, Aviagen technical service manager.
Aviagen SweChick General Manager Thomas Carlson agreed that the visit was beneficial to both Aviagen and Nortura. “We were thrilled to welcome the Nortura team to the birthplace of Ross and introduce them to our Aviagen specialists and colleagues in Edinburgh. We’re grateful for our long and successful relationship with Nortura and look forward to the team achieving success with their Ross parent stock for years to come.”