The latest Broiler Module of the Aviagen® Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA) Production Management School took place Nov. 24-30 in Edinburgh. The 36 attendees representing 17 different nationalities, speaking 15 languages, gathered to investigate innovative ways to maximize the health and performance of their broiler flocks, and in turn ensure economic benefits for their businesses.
While students came from diverse origins across EMEAA, they all had in common a passion for poultry, and were eager to share experiences and learn from one another. Course highlights for many were the brooding and pivot table workshops, as well as tutorials on ventilation. The project work – where they explored the key management topics of veterinary health, housing ventilation and nutrition – was also popular among the participants.
“The broiler module was an amazing experience, and I have so much knowledge to take back with me. Everything I learned will be beneficial to me and my future career in poultry,” commented Connie Reeves, a placement student from Moy Park, Northern Ireland.
“Back at home we farm in our own separate regions, countries and industries. You hear of things that go on, but don’t realize just how different our farming methods and models are. I’ve learned so much this week, and you can’t put a value on the experience that can only be gained by coming together in a class situation like this,” added Jared Searle, a farm owner in South Africa.
Head of UK Sales and Technical and School Director Stuart Thomson complimented the fantastic group of students and praised their hard work. “By discussing ideas with classmates from different disciplines and origins, students were able to come up with stronger arguments and sound practices for implementing improvements, which they can hopefully use when they return to their home operations. Above all, they’ve made lasting memories with classmates with whom they have a common bond.”
During the graduation ceremony, Neil Clark, Senior Technical Manager, TMEA, presented the first David Butler award. In his speech, he depicted David as a “poultry industry pioneer and mentor to many whom he made not only better poultry people but better human beings.”
The promising student who won the award was Deepa Jauffret, Operations Manager from Avipro Co Ltd in Mauritius. Deepa was selected based on her enthusiasm and leadership skills, as well as the outstanding future potential she demonstrated.
Interviews with students and tutors are available on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTHMSl-GwDY&feature=youtu.be