Aviagen updates 2018 Parent Stock Handbooks with latest best management practices


In keeping with an ongoing commitment to provide global customers with the most current parent stock management advice, Aviagen® (www.aviagen.com) announced the release of a set of 2018 Parent Stock handbooks for the Arbor Acres®Indian River® and Ross® brands of broiler breeding stock.
Customers can now download their copy of the handbook using the links above.

The handbooks cover best practices to achieve the highest level of health, welfare and performance of Aviagen brands at the breeder level. Aviagen’s continual focus is to offer customers flock management advice and support to help them maximize the genetic potential of our birds and thus remain competitive in their regions throughout the world.

Global reach, practical focus

To equip Arbor Acres, Indian River and Ross customers with the most current flock management information, key sections of each handbook have been enhanced:

  • The Gradingsection now gives practical examples for accurate bird grading. This section is also more globally applicable, as it describes grading methods using both coefficient of variation (CV%) and uniformity.
  • The Environmental Requirementsprovide detail on how to maintain high air quality throughout the life cycle of a bird. Ventilation rates have been updated in line with bird requirements based on latest field data and scientific findings.
  • Over the years consistent and balanced selection has brought about greater feed efficiency across all of Aviagen’s brands. The Nutritionsection offers the best dietary guidelines to maintain ultimate health and fitness.
  • The Health and Biosecuritysection has been expanded with helpful advice for designing and implementing vaccination programs, as well as monitoring vaccine responses and effectiveness.

Importance of good stockmanship

The addition of a stockmanship section is a first in the handbooks. This information drives home the importance of good stockmanship to achieving peak bird performance, as well as health and well-being.

Commitment to customer success

Aviagen remains firmly dedicated to the success of our customers,” explains Global Head of Technical Transfer Nick French. “The new Parent Stock handbooks are designed to help our customers achieve maximum productivity and performance by tapping in to the full genetic potential of their birds. From the in-depth advice from the industry’s most knowledgeable experts, to compelling imagery capturing real-life farm conditions on every continent, these comprehensive books provide the most relevant, practical and up-to-date parent stock management guidance available today.”