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Webinar: Learning the fundamentals for cage-free egg success

Online - On-Demand Webinar

Webinar logo for BASF and BDWatch on-demand now to learn the fundamentals for cage-free egg success, click here. 

This webinar will cover major areas of cage-free layer management such as setting up proper environmental conditions for success, training the animals and the staff to successfully interact with new equipment and adding additional, empty space to the layer barn.


  • How much empty space is needed in the house for proper bird behavior and aggression control.
  • What role lighting plays in bird behavior.
  • How to train birds and staff to fully utilize cage-free equipment.
  • The importance of good litter management.

This webinar is sponsored by BASF and Big Dutchman, and is presented by WATT Global Media


Speaker Info:

Bill Snow, Big Dutchman’s Aviary System Specialist for USA & Canada

Bill Snow headshotBill Snow, Big Dutchman’s cage-free specialist, has worked in agriculture since 1994 and been with Big Dutchman since 2007. He’s worked with egg producers, and spoken on the topic, in North America, Latin America and Europe. He’s part of Big Dutchman’s team working on teaching best management practices that result in improved production and hen welfare. He holds a degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Big Dutchman, based in Holland, Michigan, is a leading supplier of equipment used in poultry, pig and egg farming.


Dr. Jasper Heerkens, Poultry Specialist, Jansen Poultry Equipment

Jasper Heerkins headshotDr. Heerkens joined Jansen in 2016 and works as a poultry specialist. His responsibilities include poultry management, training and research and marketing. He studied Animal Sciences with a specialization in Animal Health and Behavior at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. His doctoral research project focused on raising laying hen welfare in aviaries to a higher level.





Dr. Guillermo Zavala is the founder of Avian Health International

Dr. Guillermo Zavala is the founder of Avian Health International.  Dr Zavala holds a DVM and a specialty in poultry production from the University of Mexico; a Master of Science, a Master of Avian Medicine, and a PhD in medical microbiology from the University of Georgia. He has worked in broiler and breeding companies, vaccine companies, one diagnostic laboratory, two academic institutions and as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Population Health, University of Georgia. His field of research is in applied virology (CIAV, IBDV, tumor viruses, ILT, enteric viruses and fowl adenovirus). He has 32 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

This is the third webinar in the 2016 Poultry Grower Webinar Series. 
This is the third webinar in the 2016 Poultry Grower Webinar Series. 
This is the third webinar in the 2016 Poultry Grower Webinar Series.