Lisa Henning Beohm Speaks During IEC Conference in London

The International Egg Commission (IEC) held its spring business meetings in London April 8-10, at Grange St. Paul's Hotel, where attendees were able to meet with leading decision makers and experts in the international egg industry. The conferences are organized to provide the optimum combination of business and networking activities that enable attendees to make contact with other key figures in egg related businesses, whilst gaining invaluable insights and advice from worldwide speakers.

A wide range of topics included: the disruption facing the consumer goods industry and how to change to win, seizing opportunities in the global economy, feed grain outlook, avian diseases global overview, biosecurity - creating a global standard, avian influenza vaccination considerations, OIE's global animal welfare standards situation update, antimicrobial resistance and challenges, kitchen theory and molecular gastronomy, the North American egg industry in transition, IEC global database for animal welfare legislation, environmental sustainability & deforestation and the soy supply, and social sustainability - eliminating forced labor from the value chain.

Travis Schaal (DVM, DACVP, Director of GP Production and Internal Vet Services) from Hy-Line International shared biosecurity lessons learned and a practical checklist. The purpose of the IEC biosecurity checklist is to help egg businesses develop and improve their overall level of biosecurity. Excellent biosecurity is proven to be the most critical tool in helping prevent a wide range of avian disease problems, and can even help egg businesses avoid infection during severe avian influenza outbreaks. Each egg production business should have a well-established, written and agreed upon biosecurity plan, with identified standard operating procedures (SOPs) and lines of responsibility. Plans should be backed up by frequent internal audits. Some critical considerations include: on-farm site/structure specific plans, establish and control a well-defined clean/dirty line, track all inputs and outputs on the farm, trucking/transportation risk, manure management, pests prevention, feed and water etc. Noting, the number one risk factor in disease control (including AI) is personnel and equipment.

Tim Lambert (IEC Chairman) emphasized that increasingly, society wants to know more about where their food comes from. They want to know that if we're using animals in agriculture that they're being cared for humanely and that we care about the environment; they demand to know companies are doing more than just maximizing their profits. As Tim said, “companies have a responsibility within society to not only do the right thing for the right reasons but still be profitable. To be proactive about these things and understand where society is going will help us to lead with a vision of continuous improvement and elevate our industry.”

Doing the right thing is also one of Henning Companies core values. We believe in providing solutions to positively impact our clients, our employees and our communities.