Aviagen, a poultry breeding company, has announced the next modules in its Europe, Middle East and Africa Production School. Following feedback from students attending the first three modules, the next series will take a slightly different approach with more workshops and hands-on sections in addition to lectures.

The Breeder Module will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, August 31 through September 7, 2013, followed by the Broiler Module in Budapest, Hungary, February 15-22, 2014, and the Hatchery Management and Incubation Module in Amsterdam, March 15-21, 2014.

School Director Nick Spenceley said, "The school has been a great success. We have welcomed people from many countries and it is rewarding to enter a room of 30 quiet and insular people from 20 different countries in the morning; yet by the end of the day see them laughing, sharing information and generally enjoying each other's company.

"However, we do recognize that while we are dealing with highly skilled people, for many, English isn't their first language and we wanted to make sure that this didn't become a barrier to learning. With that in mind, and taking account of the feedback from the previous modules, we have increased the number of workshops and are taking a fresh approach at our most popular topics, such as data management, which has received great reviews from attendees."

The Breeder Module in September will include a variety of topics:


  • Data handling and analysis
  • Ventilation
  • Veterinary health
  • Nutrition
  • Critical age management
  • Financial benchmarking

The new format will see students splitting into teams to run a hypothetical company and make decisions that affect the growth and success of the business.

Spenceley added, "At some point in our careers, we will all be asked to investigate investment opportunities and present a justified cost/benefit analysis to our senior colleagues.

"The course will culminate by bringing the week's tutorial and case study work together, with each team presenting a reasoned business case with any required capital investment justified for improving the output of least-cost fertile hatching eggs."