Conference Programme

Day One will be dedicated to the International Outlook Conference, looking very much at the global picture, with invited guests from all over the world and will conclude with a Gala Dinner.

Day Two, the Innovation Conference is provided free of charge to all English levy payers by AHDB Pork . The innovation conference will address some of the big issues facing the industry – antibiotics, BREXIT, health and welfare and the changing consumer. The focus of the conference is the innovation required to remain competitive.

We will also be digging down into the detail, looking at how the sector can benefit from innovation in areas like animal health and welfare, hygiene and pig buildings. We will be keeping a close eye on the supply chain and also considering what we can learn from other sectors.



Day One: Tuesday 6th

12.00: Registration and Lunch
Welcome and Introduction (Mick Sloyan, Strategy Director Pork, AHDB)
13.40: Where is the global pork market heading (Richard Brown, Director, GIRA)
14.00: The United States pig industry in the Trump era (Nicholas D. Giordano, Vice President and Counsel
Global Government Affairs, National Pork Producers Council, USA)
14.20: How Denmark is facing the challenge of the global market (Asger Krozsgaard, Deputy Chairman, Danish Crown, Denmark)
14.40: Group discussion and Q&A
15.00: Tea and coffee
The impact of Brexit on the British pork sector (Tom Hind, Chief Strategy Officer, AHDB)
15.50: What do consumer want from pork? (Connor McVeigh, Director of Supply Chain, McDonalds UK)
16.10: The future for the British pork industry (Adam Couch, Chief Executive, Cranswick Country Foods)
16.30: Group discussion and Q&A
17.00: Conference ends
18.15: Networking reception
19.00: Dinner and guest speaker


Day Two: Wednesday 7th

09.30: Registration
10.00: Welcome and Introduction – Dr Charlotte Evans, AHDB, and Alistair Driver (chairman)
10.15: How Beeswax Farming is planning for the future in a Brave New World (Richard Williamson, Managing Director for Beeswax Farming)
10.45: Adapting to Potential Changes in Export and Consumer Requirements (Professor Patrick Wall, University College, Dublin)
11.15: Q&A
11.25: Pitch/explanation on the parallel sessions
11.30: Tea and coffee
11.45: Results from the Minapig Project (Alternatives to antimicrobial use in pig production – 2012 – 2015 European wide project), including videos from AHDB study tour (Prof. Jeroen DeWulf, Ghent University)
12.15: Study tour photos and videos
12.30: Video updates on Electroparticle Ionization, bacteriophage and move over to in water medication
12.45: Lunch and Networking
13.30: Parallel Sessions (Sow of the Future and Meat of the Future)
Sow of the Future
– Talk: “Which” Freedom Farrowing System? The role of alternative farrowing systems in the future (Dr. Emma Baxter, SRUC)
– Talk: Tailored feed curves for the future: (Dr. Nathalie Quiniou, IFIP)
Meat of The Future
– Talk: “How to” guide to reducing boar Taint: Future management strategies and the role of technology
– Talk: Technology to detect boar taint (Kelly Westmacott, researcher Bristol University)
14.30 Tea and coffee
14.45: Investigating the Holy Grail?! (Designing a handling system outdoors / Monitoring and utilizing daily growth and FCR data indoors)
15.45: Closing remarks by chairman and awarding of “Innovative Best Practices” submitted by producers
16.00: Conference Ends


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