Forty-eight participants from 27 countries took part in the annual world technical school organized by poultry research company Cobb-Vantress at its Siloam Springs headquarters in Arkansas.
"In my many years in the poultry industry I have never seen an educational program so complete and intense as this Cobb school," said Dr. Steve Bolden, director of Cobb world technical support.
"Poultry professionals from all over the world were together sharing best management husbandry practices while establishing lifelong global friendships in the classroom and over the dinner table. We have countless members of our customer and distribution network anxiously awaiting their turn to attend the school," Bolden added.
"The school exposed us to worldwide best practices," said Dr. Ramesh Hazary of Venco Research and Breeding Farm, India. "It gave me an opportunity to learn new things in all aspects of poultry management which, I'm sure, will help to improve our practices in India."
Bénédicte Legrix, breeder manager of Boye Accouvage in France, said, "With theory in the morning and practical in the afternoon, the event enriched my knowledge of the poultry industry around the world. It has been very beneficial for me."
Eduardo Luiz Karl, a veterinarian from Brazil, said: "The school was a wonderful experience I'll never forget - a great technical program and exchange of experiences with people from many countries and Cobb technical staff providing great professional and personal learning."
One highlight was the international cuisine dinner with over 40 dishes prepared by teams from different regions of the world with the winner from Team Europe.