Best biosecurity practices shared at Indian River Training Academy 2019

indian river taAt the 2019 Indian River Training Academy (IRTA), Aviagen and its Asian customers explored multiple facets of biosecurity – from the hatchery to the farm to the feed mill and more

From 4-7 November 2019, the Aviagen team welcomed 56 delegates representing 24 of its valued customers to the training in Bangkok.

This year’s IRTA took the interactive learning experience to a new height, as Aviagen introduced virtual reality (VR) technology in its sessions. Through VR, students were immersed in a real farm environment, where they could actively practice and improve beneficial poultry husbandry skills. The VR exercise was received with great enthusiasm.

Other experiential aspects of the conference included workshops where students could try their hand at designing a farm layout for maximum biosecurity. Additional presentations and conversations centred on the growth of Indian River throughout the continent and advice on strengthening competitiveness in the dynamic Asian poultry market.

“Biosecurity is one of the cornerstones to the success of our customers and is crucial to strengthening the health, welfare and performance of their birds,” remarked Greg Hitt, regional technical manager for the Asia-Pacific. “Supporting our Indian River business partners and promoting the growth of their poultry operations is a top priority for us. That’s why we carefully chose to feature biosecurity as the theme for this year’s IRTA.”

Larry Blackstone, commercial manager for Indian River Asia Pacific, added, “These innovations aim to benefit our customers are just another way we always strive to be the preferred supplier of broiler breeding stock. We aim not only to supply the birds but also the tools and knowledge to improve their operations and ultimately their profitability.”

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