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IPHS Symposium set to return to Portlaoise

The Irish Pig Health Society (IPHS) will be returning to Portlaoise for their annual symposium on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.

What to expect

The IPHS Symposium, which attracts visitors from all areas of the pig industry, will be held at the Midlands Park Hotel in the county. 

Attendees will hear seminars and talks describing experience and research from German farms on managing inflammation and the associated health and vice issues.

Meat processors will provide insights on adding value to pork produce while discussions will also surround global perspectives on African Swine Fever (ASF), animal rights activism, and animal health.

IPHS president, Martin Tighe, says the aim of the 2020 event is “to provide practical solutions for producers and industry stakeholders so that Irish farms, in particular, can access the tools to help them continue to thrive as the sector evolves”. 

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Key speakers

The key speakers on the day include;

  • Dr Egan Brockhoff – a Canadian veterinarian who will share his experience of providing consulting services in Asia, focusing on African Swine Fever prevention and control;
  • Carla Gomes – Pig HealthCheck Programme Manager, Animal Health Ireland will also provide an update on profitability and sustainability through better pig health practices;
  • Peter Duggan – Bord Bia’s Sector Manager for Pigmeat will chair a farmer and processor panel discussion on the Bord Bia led LEAN programme, covering practical productivity measures and how they can be implemented;

More information 

The event will begin at midday with a hog roast lunch, followed by the conference seminar and access to the trade exhibition hall.

The Symposium will conclude at 6:30pm, followed by an evening meal where the finalists of the inaugural Teagasc Pig Awards will be announced.

Admission to the symposium is €30 per person or €50 to include a sit-down evening meal.

Any further enquiries to the event can be made directly with the event organisers, Green Acre Marketing on +353 (51) 371 817 or via email – [email protected].

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