People: Aviagen appoints incubation specialist
Aviagen has announced the appointment of Guo Jun to the role of incubation specialist supporting customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Guo Jun, who previously spent 15 years with Aviagen in China and Asia, will work closely with staff at Aviagen’s Spelderholt facility in the Netherlands contributing to the incubation trials which will be run there.
Guo Jun replaces Nick French, who moved within Aviagen last April to become head of technical systems.
The incubation support team is made up of Dinah Nicholson, Global Manager of Hatchery Development and Support, Guo Jun and Eddy van Lierde. Van Lierde supports customers in the Americas and the Arbor Acres brand in the Middle East and Africa, as well as working closely with Aviagen’s trial facility in Alabama. The team is supported by Steve Tullett, who works for Aviagen on a consultancy basis and provides support to the 13 Aviagen-owned hatcheries in Europe.
The team has a broad remit, including the provision of on-site hatchery support to internal and external customers. However, there is also a strong emphasis on running a programme of incubation trials designed to understand the different lines, improve hatch results and optimise chick performance and on writing technical documents to help hatchery staff perform essential incubation monitoring. Finally, the team organise specialist training for internal and external customers through meetings, case studies and at the dedicated Aviagen schools in the USA, China and Europe.
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