We wanted to thank all whom have expressed interest in our effort to disseminate knowledge about laying hen management as part of our multi-national initiative. Although this decision was very difficult to make, there appears to be insufficient numbers of persons whom would like to partake in the initiative and thus we have decided to indefinitely suspend future programs. Although a restart of the program in the future is possible, we believe this to be highly unlikely.
The European Layer Training Initiative (ELTI) is a newly formed consortium of representatives from four European nations (Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland) with the aim to aid and inform the North American industry as it transitions to cage-free systems over the coming decade by providing exposure to European cage-free laying hen management practices. The principal activity of ELTI will be establishment of training modules within the respective European nations for their North American colleagues (principally extension agents, consultants, farm managers, and NGO representatives) to see firsthand European management of cage-free systems. Training modules will involve a combination of site visits, classroom lectures, and interactions with European producers, to allow North American participants to learn about European practices so that they can develop their own best practices for their North American-based operations and stakeholders.