Arbor Acres® recently held a three-day event with the theme of “Knowledge and Progress.” It focused on assisting service and farm managers to achieve optimal breeder performance, helping them fully understand the Arbor Acres support network and presenting updates on issues and challenges facing Asia. 

The seminar attracted over 40 attendees from 23 companies located in 9 countries in the region. Attendees were welcomed by Marc Baribault, VP Arbor Acres Asia Pacific, and Han Feng, VP Aviagen China, along with a product video highlighting the Arbor Acres’ history and plans for the future in the region. Saksake Pacharadit, Assistant VP Arbor Acres, delivered his view of Arbor Acres today and tomorrow, and was followed by Aviagen’s Regional Service Manager, Mark Wright, who spoke on how to deliver the message and create change. Dr. Young Ho Hong addressed the current global crisis of Avian Influenza and bio-security.

During the afternoon, attendees participated in two interactive, practical workshops, which encouraged direct participation and hands-on training. One managed by Debbie Fisher, Arbor Acres Service Manager, was titled “Brooding - the First 48 Hours” and emphasized the importance of early brooding on bird performance and production. Another workshop, managed by Yao Fang, Aviagen Hatchery Specialist Asia Pacific, was “The Importance of Egg Handling and Storage on Fertility.”

Day two focused on bird management and how to cope with challenges in the field. Stan Keimer, Arbor Acres Service Manager, spoke on broiler breeding, rearing and uniformity. Rod Konrad, Arbor Acres Service Manager, addressed optimizing flock performance through good management and how important it is to maintain good management techniques to reach the genetic potential of the breeder. Dr. Jeanna Wilson spoke on what is important to maintain flock fertility, while Mike Czarick focused on minimum ventilation in hot climates. Both of these guest speakers are renowned in their respective fields.

Day two finished with Dr. Sooncharemying, Aviagen Nutritional Services Manager, speaking on practical nutrition in broiler breeders and how this can enhance the product performance. Yao Fang discussed short periods of incubation during egg storage (“SPIDES") and how it improves the hatch for eggs stored over 7 days. 

Joginder Singh, Managing Director Ishwar Research and Breeding Farm Pvt. LTD, was introduced as a new member of the Arbor Acres family and gave a short speech on the reasons he chose the Arbor Acres breed over others in the market. Special recognition was also given to Arbor Acres Taiwan group led by CEO Dr. Willis, Doris Liu and Peter Hu for helping to make this seminar a resounding success.