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Symposium to provide ‘practical’ advice for pig sector’s survival

Irish and international experts and experienced pig producers are among those who will address the upcoming Irish Pig Health Society (IPHS) 2022 symposium and trade show.

It will take place in person at the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise, tomorrow (Tuesday, April 26th).

Speakers will present practical solutions to current challenges of health, welfare, and productivity in the pig farming sector.

Ahead of the event, Carla Gomes, president of the IPHS, said:

“The Irish pig industry is currently going through an extremely difficult period.”

“We feel that now more than ever, practical advice needs to be taken into consideration for the survival of the sector. We hope to see you at this year’s event and thank you for your continued support,” Gomes concluded.

Pig symposium

  • Topics and speakers:
  1. New feed ingredients – Professor Ilias Kyriazakis, Queen’s University Belfast. Ilias specialises in the effects of animal management on their performance, their ability to cope with challenges (such as pathogens), and the environmental impact (including the use of alternative and home-grown feeds for livestock systems).
  2. Feed ingredients market update – Dr. Rory Deverell. Rory is a senior commodity risk manager for StoneX, serving a wide range of commercial commodity trading companies across the EMEA region.
  3. Making the most of the Pig HealthCheck Programme – Dr. Carla Gomes. Carla is the AHI Pig HealthCheck Programme Manager. Gomes has extensive knowledge in using animal health data to make the most informed decisions on-farm.
  4. How technology can improve your farm – Charlie Thompson. Charlie is from Bridge House Farm, Northamptonshire and previously won Britain’s Pig Farmer of the year (2020). He will speak about his excellent use of technology to improve farm performance.
  5. What is coming down the line – free farrowing – Dr. Emma Baxter, SRUC. Emma is an animal welfare and behaviour scientist, specialising in pig projects that cover challenges throughout the pig’s life cycle, from optimising piglet survival in high welfare farrowing systems to investigating humane stunning at slaughter.

The trade show will take place at 12 noon, and symposium talks will run from 2 pm to 6:30 pm (with a break for lunch), with dinner to follow at 7:30 pm.

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