During the week of October 2nd, we held our Avida Academy to offer training to 17 different individuals from Chick Master customers around the world. Their companies have recently invested in new Avida incubators. As part of our commitment to training, we include the invitation to attend this three day school about embryology, incubation process, hatchery ventilation, routine maintenance and equipment management. There was a practical session on the use of Maestro software to maximize hatchery performance. We had several presenters during the school that was organized and led by Chad Daniels of Chick Master. On the program was Dr. Mike Wineland, a hatchery consultant and well respected professor of poultry science, Dr. Carolina Diaz, Richard Dix, Rui Silva, Cody Terry, and Paul Rummer, all members of the Chick Master team from USA, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. They each gave presentations as part of this program and we thank them for their important contribution.
On the final day, the group visited a hatchery to see the Avida Symphony with Rock controls in operation. There was an egg breakout session to learn the importance of recognizing the signs of incubation that one can learn by doing this regularly. The group was also able to see a new CC3 ready to be put into use to manage the room environments and reduce energy costs with heat recovery.
There was great comradery with the group both during the daily agenda and in the evening activities that included some magical entertainment. We thank those that participated in the Academy and took the time to spend most of the week with us at our Ohio home. We feel that this event is one that is an important and valuable component in making the investment in Chick Master Avida systems successful and in obtaining a Hatchery in Harmony.