February 8, 2024


Aviagen releases new parent stock handbooks for Arbor Acres, Indian River and Ross brands




Aviagen's Global Technical Transfer (GTT) team announced the release of its updated Parent Stock Handbooks for its Arbor Acres®, Indian River® and Ross® brands.


The company has designed these resources to offer the latest best practice management advice, enabling poultry producers to achieve the highest level of health, welfare and efficiency with their parent stock (PS) flocks.


The primary focus of the GTT team is to deliver practical benefits to customers, and these handbooks are designed with their success in mind, Aviagen said.


Updated every four years, the handbooks undergo a rigorous review process led by a dedicated team of experts from various areas, including genetics, nutrition, veterinary science, hatchery and incubation, and ventilation. This comprehensive approach ensures that the information provided is both current and relevant to the industry's evolving needs.


Within these handbooks, customers will discover expert advice on critical topics that drive bird productivity and well-being, including rearing, management into lay, care of hatching eggs, environmental requirements, nutrition, and health and biosecurity.


In the latest edition, the team has revised and expanded key management advice to include the most up-to-date information, reflecting an ongoing commitment to staying at the forefront of industry knowledge. This includes:


    - Revised mating ratio advice;


    - An amended male fleshing guide and the addition of firmness testing;


    - A change to recommended CV% guidelines;


    - Additional information regarding mating-up and pin bone spacing;


    - Completely updated "Care of Hatching Eggs and Ventilation" sections.


To enhance the user-experience, several features have been included:


    - A refreshed, engaging look and feel with user-friendly diagrams and illustrations;


    - A hyperlinked table of contents for easy navigation to specific sections;


    - Hyperlinks within the text for quick cross-referencing;


    - Direct links to documents containing supporting information on the Aviagen website;


    - Short management-based videos for enhanced understanding.


Dr. Vanessa Kretzschmar-McCluskey, head of the GTT team, said: "Our GTT team is delighted to present the new PS handbooks to our customers. Aviagen continually improves the genetic potential of our birds, and these newest documents are filled with advice to help them maximise this potential.


"We invite our customers to download and engage with the interactive documents. Our ongoing goal is to strengthen their success as they work tirelessly to feed their communities with an excellent, wholesome and sustainable protein source."


- Aviagen