The Sow of the Future

We are delighted to have secured some excellent speakers to discuss the ‘Sow of the Future’ in what will be one of the most eagerly-awaited sessions of the two-day event.

Emma Baxter, senior researcher in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at SRUC, in Edinburgh, is a leading expert in the search for alternative farrowing systems.

Nathalie Quiniou, from IFIP, the applied research and technical institute for pigs in France, will deliver her considered thoughts on feeding strategies for reproductive sows to improve their longevity and the vitality of new born piglets.

These will constitute just one of the sessions in the ambitious programme being put together for the conference.

The Innovation Conference, free to AHDB Pork levy payers, will also include sessions on:

  • Planning for the future in a changing world, including perspectives from the farm business, the retailer and the consumer
  • Alternatives to antimicrobials in pig production
  • All the issues around ‘Meat of the Future’
  • Specialist sessions for indoor and outdoor producers

More speakers will be announced in the coming months!

Simon Lewis, Pig World’s Associate Publisher, said: “We are delighted to be working with AHDB Pork to put on Pigs 2022, a conference that will look ahead to the big issues facing the pig sector over the next five years.”

Building on what is already a very successful conference, we are particularly excited to be adding in an international dimension, with some very high profile speakers on both days.”

AHDB strategy director Mick Sloyan said: “The pig sector is constantly facing fresh challenges and this conference is all about bringing together some of the top people in the industry, from the UK and across the globe, to come up with fresh thinking to address them.

Fostering innovation is a major priority for AHDB Pork – and this will be one of the main focuses at Pigs 2022.


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