More than 80 parent stock and broiler specialists attended the eighth annual Ross Customer Seminar in Stankovo near Minsk in the Republic of Belarus on 15 and 16 June 2016. This event was jointly organized by Aviagen and its grandparent customer PPR Broiler of OAO Agrocombinat Dzerzhinsky.
The Flock Awards and Ross 140 Club presentations were the event highlight: The winner of this year’s best Broiler Flock Award was Agrocombinat Dzerzhinsky, with Ptitsefabrika Druzhba and Branch Skidelskaya Ptitsefabrika as runners-up. The Best Ross Parent Stock Flock Award for Belarus was presented to Vitebskaya Broilernaya Ptitsefabrika, the second place went to OAO Alexandriyskaya and the third place was shared by Ptitsefabrika Rassvet and Belarusneft Osobino.
This year three poultry operations from Belarus -- Branch Skidelskaya Ptotsefabrica, joint company Agrolink and Agrocombinat Dzerzhinsky -- became members of the Ross 140 Club.
Director of PPR Broiler, Yuri Fesin, said, "We would like to extend our best wishes to Vitebskaya Broilernaya Ptitsefabrika as the winner of this year’s Best Ross Parent Stock Flock award. We are also thrilled that another three Belarusian poultry farms became members of the Ross 140 Club. This accomplishment demonstrates that Belarusian poultry producers are as successful with the Ross breed as their European counterparts."
Marcel Janssen added, “We congratulate our Ross Parent Stock and Broiler Flock award winners on achieving such outstanding results, which are testament to the high potential of the Ross bird coupled with the top professional qualities of poultry producers in Belarus.”
For the first time the seminar stretched over two days, which allowed Aviagen specialists to share Ross updates with attendees over a longer period and made proceedings more enjoyable for delegates coming from further afield.
Topics were chosen to reflect the inputs received from attendees prior to the seminar. Marcel Janssen, Aviagen regional technical manager for Eastern Europe and the CIS, focused on genetic trends while Goran Slunjski, Aviagen LLC technical service manager, covered key factors of Ross male management. Nutrition was also on the agenda including the latest Aviagen parent stock nutrition specifications.