Aviagen® is pleased to announce that Eddy van Lierde has been named Global Head of Incubation Services, effective from Jan. 2.
A search has begun to fill his previous position as Incubation Specialist. Eddy will replace Dinah Nicholson, as she transitions to retirement. Dinah is still an integral part of the team.
In his new role, Eddy will lead Aviagen’s team of global incubationists in their mission to provide the best support to customers around the world, as well as to Aviagen hatcheries and internal production operations.
One major focus for Eddy and his team is research, including incubation trials to provide the latest, relevant and practical advice. To ensure Aviagen hatcheries are equipped with the industry’s most innovative equipment, the team works closely with incubator and hatchery automation companies. Another passion of Eddy and his team is teaching and inspiring future poultry professionals through hatchery schools and workshops.
Eddy commented, “I am excited to begin this new adventure with a dedicated group of people who are committed to our customers and our birds, and am proud to be part of their team. Chick health, welfare and performance begin in the hatchery, and what we do is essential to providing our customers with the robust stock they need to feed the world.”
Years of Dedication to Incubation and Hatchery Progress
Eddy has served the global poultry industry for three decades. As Hatchery Specialist, he enriched Aviagen hatcheries and customer service teams in the US, Canada and Latin America with his knowledge and expertise.
Eddy’s career with Aviagen began in 1995 when he joined Ross Poultry Ltd in New Zealand (now Aviagen New Zealand) and became involved with the incubation program, and later moved to Australia to become Hatchery Manager. Originally from Belgium. he attended the Japan Livestock Technology Association School, where he studied hatchery management and poultry husbandry.
Eddy will report directly to Aviagen Vice President of Global Technical Operations Dr. Bryan Fancher. “Eddy has done an outstanding job as Incubation Specialist, and will provide great leadership for the Global Incubation Services team,” commented Bryan.
Since 1923, Aviagen® has been a preferred global poultry breeding company with a mission to help its customers -- the world’s chicken meat producers -- supply sustainable, affordable and nutritious protein to their growing communities. Putting into practice its corporate value of “Breeding for Welfare and Sustainability,” Aviagen implements efficiencies that make commercial chicken production environmentally and socially responsible and economically beneficial to producers, while at the same time promoting bird performance, health and welfare. To meet varied market demands, Aviagen offers a full portfolio of breeding stock under the Arbor Acres®, Indian River® and Ross® brand names. The Rowan Range® and Specialty Males® target slower-growing and other niche market needs. Aviagen is based in Huntsville, Alabama, US., with operations across the UK, Europe, Turkey, Latin America, India, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the US, and joint ventures in Asia. The company employs close to 8,000 people, and serves customers in 100 countries. For more information, please visit Aviagen.com, or follow Aviagen on LinkedIn.