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.

PDFs: Day 1 Programme | Day 2 Programme



Day One: Tuesday 6th

12:00: Registration and Lunch
Welcome and Introduction (Mike Sheldon, chairman AHDB Pork and Mick Sloyan, strategy director, AHDB Pork)
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 (Bruce Ross, managing director, Ross Gordon Consultants)
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, technical senior manager, AHDB Pork and Alistair Driver, editor, Pig World
10:15: How Beeswax Farming is planning for the future in a Brave New World (Richard Williamson, Managing Director for Beeswax Farming)
10:45: Challenges responding to consumers demands in a global market place (- Prof. Patrick Wall, professor of public health, University College Dublin)
11:15: Q&A
11:25: Pitch/explanation on the parallel sessions
11:30: Tea and coffee
12:00: Results from the Minapig Project (Alternatives to antimicrobial use in pig production – 2012 – 2015 European wide project), Prof. Jeroen Dewulf, professor of veterinary epidemiology, Ghent University
12:30: Video updates on electroparticle ionization and bacteriophage trials
12:50: Lunch and Networking

13:45: 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, research scientist, SRUC)
– Talk: Tailored feed curves for the future: (Dr. Nathalie Quiniou, research engineer, IFIP)
– OR –
Meat of The Future
– Talk: “How to” guide to reducing boar Taint: Future management strategies and the role of technology (– Dr. Caroline Kealey, – Dr. Emma Baxter, director of meat science, JSR)
– Talk: Technology to detect boar taint (Kelly Westmacott, researcher University of the West of England’)

14:35 Q&A
14:45 Tea and coffee

15:15: Parallel Sessions (Investigating the Holy Grail)
Monitoring and utilising real time growth and FCR data
John Richardson, director, Production Performance Services
Mick Hazzledine, pig nutritionist, Premier Nutrition
– Charlotte Evans, technical senior manager, AHDB Pork
– Dominic Charman, technical manager, AHDB Pork
– OR –
Designing a handling system outdoors
Kate Mellor, knowledge exchange manager – South, AHDB Pork
– Ricardo Neto, technical manager, MSD Animal Health
Andrew Palmer, knowledge exchange manager – East, AHDB Pork

16:15: Presentation of the UK Innovative producer Award and Closing Remarks


Vetsonic AM Warkup Ltd Farmex – Farm Energy and Control Services Ltd MSD Animal Health Zarkos Smith Zoetis Boehringer Ingelheim HIPRA Harbro ECO Animal Health