LAYER HOUSING HOT TOPIC
Rising global focus on housing and welfare
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