More than 100 delegates including 75 hatchery managers from across the United States and Canada took part in the first national hatchery conference hosted by Cobb in Memphis, TN.

During the two-day event there were presentations on 20 different aspects of hatchery management with speakers from 16 organizations, enabling delegates to learn and share with each other in the unique, cross-industry event.

“Instead of just focusing on a couple of topics, we set out to cover areas that everyone is interested in and curious about. You could really tell how engaged our customers were by the number of questions that they asked and the interesting discussions held after each presentation," said Scott Martin, hatchery specialist in the Cobb World Technical Support Team.

In addition to hearing presentations covering topics from sanitation, maintenance and importance of vaccination to industry trends and animal welfare, delegates were able to visit the booths of 11 different vendors, which included: Jamesway, Merial, Smithway, Zoetis, Clearview, KL Automation, Ivesco, Incubation Systems, Chickmaster, Hatchery Planning and CID Lines.

“The event was a huge success for everyone with a classroom setting to share experiences and put questions to Cobb personnel, industry vendors and other hatchery managers,” said Ben Green, hatchery specialist in the Cobb World Technical Support Team.