Ris­ing global fo­cus on hous­ing and wel­fare

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Layer hous­ing hot at IEC con­fer­ence

Rep­re­sent­ing an un­par­al­leled op­por­tu­nity for busi­ness lead­ers and ex­ec­u­tives in the egg in­dus­try to ex­change knowl­edge, net­work, and hear about the lat­est de­vel­op­ments, the IEC busi­ness con­fer­ence in Monte Carlo from the 2nd to the 4th April 2017 at­tracted a record high at­ten­dance with del­e­gates from across the world rep­re­sent­ing 36 coun­tries.

Ex­pert speak­ers pro­vided their in­sights on in­dus­try is­sues, cov­er­ing avian in­fluenza, layer wel­fare, ad­vances in layer nu­tri­tion, cur­rent trade im­pacts, and con­sumer pref­er­ences. Del­e­gates also par­tic­i­pated in in­dus­try work­shops cov­er­ing egg mar­ket­ing, pro­cess­ing and eco­nom­ics.

Open­ing the con­fer­ence, IEC chair­man Ben Del­laert dis­cussed the work tak­ing place to es­tab­lish the Global Roundtable for Sus­tain­able Eggs as well as the AI Ex­pert Group, whose man­date is to pro­vide prac­ti­cal in­dus­try tools to help mit­i­gate the im­pact of avian in­fluenza on the egg in­dus­try.

The is­sue of layer hous­ing was ad­dressed in the clos­ing ses­sion by Chad Gre­gory of United Egg Pro­duc­ers and Kevin Lovell, who rep­re­sents the IEC on the OIE ad-hoc work­ing group on an­i­mal wel­fare and lay­ing hens pro­duc­tion sys­tems. Lovell up­dated del­e­gates on OIE de­vel­op­ments in set­ting global hen hous­ing stan­dards, as well as the process and time­line the

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