For the past nine years the Minster Veterinary Practice in conjunction with Elanco has been running a conference for poultry producers in the Alps for one week during the spring.
The concept of combining informative lectures and discussion sessions with skiing and snowboarding at good quality resorts is not a new one. However, the poultry industry has never been able to benefit from this format until Poultry on the Piste was launched. One of the key attributes of a good conference is informative lectures delivered by an interesting and knowledgeable speaker. The organisers of Poultry on the Piste have been able to fulfil the brief in both these areas. In fact, by asking delegates what topics they would like to be covered, they are able to keep the sessions fresh and very relevant to the varied groups of participants.
Sessions are delivered in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere at the start and end of the day which ensures maximum slope time and therefore our attention. Indeed one of the advantages of this type of conference is the opportunity for delegates to communicate with each other as well as the speakers during the more social side of the day. It is amazing what you can learn during a discussion on the chair lift with the sun blazing down.
The conferences have attracted delegates from the broiler industry and also egg, turkey and duck producers chewing the cud over the usual topics and sharing their knowledge with new entrants to the industry, the new entrants in turn can add fresh perspective. Indeed this mix of participants actually adds to the inclusive nature of this conference in the snow.
The resorts visited so far include Lech, Zermatt, Zauchensee, Davos and Obergurgal and are selected to give everyone a great range of ski runs to choose from during the day. They will satisfy everyone from the complete novice needing lessons each day to the avid "black runner" who likes to go off-piste. Hotels have been carefully chosen to allow relaxation apres ski such as swimming, sauna with excellent quality food.
With it being our 10th Anniversary in 2016, we are going to return to one of our favourite destinations in Austria - further details of the conference can be found below.
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