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Performance and innovations focus of USPOULTRY Hatchery-Breeder Clinic

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TUCKER, Ga. — Effective hatchery-breeder management is critical for the success of any poultry operation. USPOULTRY’s 2022 Hatchery-Breeder Clinic will update attendees on performance efficiencies, new innovations and other topics related to chick quality.

The clinic will be held July 20-21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown in Nashville, Tenn.

“Each year, the program planning committee combines its knowledge and expertise in hatchery and breeder management to put together a program that addresses the relevant topics and issues facing the industry. This year’s program is full of learning opportunities to assist hatchery and breeder managers in their day-to-day management roles,” said Sasha Smith, assistant hatchery manager at Perdue Farms, and program committee chairperson.

Agenda topics include Hatchery Management: Back to Basics; Bird Handling During Vaccination and Movement; Animal Welfare During the Rearing Stage: Pullet House Enrichments; Rearing/Brooding/Controlling Coccidiosis … Maximizing Pullet Health; Chick Transport Sanitation; On Farm Cleaning/Disinfection/Egg Pack Contamination Prevention; New Innovation: Individual House Egg Packaging System/Data Collection and Effective Utilization; and more.

The 2022 USPOULTRY Hatchery-Breeder Clinic planning committee, comprised of industry hatchery and breeder operations leaders, includes Jenny Asip, Perdue Farms; Dustin Atnip, George’s Inc; Adam Black, Aviagen; Don Hickman, Mountaire Corp.; Ashley McGovern, Pilgrim’s; Adam Rutledge, Mountaire Corp.; Stephanie Smith, Peco Foods; Sasha Smith, Perdue Farms and program committee chairperson; and Joe Steed, Pilgrim’s.

To register, reserve a room and see the full agenda, visit

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