In collaboration with Ross Zambia, Pas Reform Academy recently hosted a five-day Hatchery Management Training Program in Lusaka, Zambia. More than 25 hatchery managers from across the continent attended, including Ross clients from many African countries such as Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.   

The course provided a focused opportunity for delegates to share their own experiences and insights, while at the same time learning more about the latest developments in embryology and incubation.

Now well-established worldwide by Pas Reform Academy, the five-day training format delivered a combination of practical, hands-on learning at a new, state-of-the-art broiler hatchery; interactive presentations were hosted at the Protea Hotel.


Pas Reform’s senior poultry specialist, Gerd de Lange and senior hatchery specialist Martin ‘Tiny’ Barten led the training, with additional presentations from Ross Africa’s Raymond Laing, Dean Houston from Immunovet and Loutjie Dunn from Nutrifeeds.

Speaking for the delegates, Charles Stewart’s hatchery manager, Bishop Soka said, “These five days have filled our heads with many ideas: a much better understanding of the egg, what happens to it during incubation – and how important this is to achieve a healthy broiler after hatching.

“Everything we have learned … will be of value to us as practitioners in our day-to-day practice and to the performance and results of our hatcheries. Our thanks to the organizers: we hope that you will continue to run this course, to enable many more hatchery personnel in Africa to benefit from your experience and better themselves professionally.”