This year´s IEC Spring Conference was held in London April 8 to 10 attracting another record attendance of over 300 delegates from 37 countries globally.

Amongst the Key Decisions were the Global Initiative for Sustainable Eggs (GISE) with a renewed Vision for a sustainable future. From the elimination of forced labour and the sustainable sourcing of soy to nutrition and to antibiotic resistance and better operational practices to mitigate Avian Influenza – all aspects of GISE´s work have a humanitarian focus and benefit.

In support of the OIE Standards a Bio Security Checklist was adopted as a Global Minimum to establish a first on-farm tool in fighting the threat of avian diseases to egg businesses.

In other Key Decisions IEC launched an AI Expert Group´s Vaccination Document providing a policy overview, outlining considerations for and against vaccination. Also an Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Working group was established in cooperation with the UN and a resolution on Forced Labour was adopted the World Egg Organization.

Delegates at the IEC London Conference heard how consumer goods businesses are facing a barrage of trends that are challenging their long-standing market dominance. Consumer habits of new generations and pressure from both online retailers and hard discounters are forcing big businesses to adapt by setting up smaller more agile teams that could take advantage of opportunities quickly.

In a session focusing on poultry feed delegates learned that further research into nutrients, feed ingredients and additives and interaction with farm management would help to close the gap between genetic potential and actual performance of laying hens. This will ensure that the high value low cost protein of the healthiest food – the egg will continue to develop positively.

The Key note speaker Professor Trevor Williams gave a positive outlook despite a multitude of risks and he saw a synchronized global economic recovery taking place that he expects to be sustainable.

The IEC Young Egg Leaders initiative continues to evolve with each new intake. 7 new candidates for the 2018/19 program started their international work in April.

Ovotherm was represented at the IEC Conference by its CEO Franz Hofer, Senior Partner Willi Kallhammer and Marion Klemm who received a prestigious Award for her Exceptional Service to the International Egg Commission by the current Chairman Tim Lambert from Canada.

The IEC Global Leadership Conference will be held in Kyoto/ Japan from 10 to 14 September 2018.