Conference Programme

Day One will be dedicated to the International Outlook Conference

The International Outlook Conference will be focusing on the global picture, including our post-Brexit prospects and the international marketplace with invited guests from all over the world and will conclude with a Gala Dinner featuring entertainment and a high profile guest speaker.

12.00pm- Registration, lunch and exhibition open

1.20pm- Welcome and introduction

  • Angela Christison, sector strategy director for pork, AHDB Pork

1.30pm- Global Pigmeat Market Outlook in the Context of the Asian ASF crisis

  • Richard Brown, director, Gira

1.50pm- What are the Russian’s up to?

  • Jack Keane, general manager, PIC Russia

2.10pm- Future of the Canadian hog market

  • Jurgen Preugschas, president, Pigs R Us

2.30pm- Actual and future challenges for the pork sector: European perspective

  • Frans van Dongen, director international affairs, COV (Dutch Meat Industry Association)

2.50pm- Group discussion and Q&A

3.00pm- Refreshments, networking and exhibition open

3.40pm– UK pork industry – overview and outlook

  • Tom Hind, chief strategy officer, AHDB

4.00pm- Meeting the needs of consumers

  • Steven Evans, consumer insight manager, AHDB

4.20pm-  The future for the British pig industry

  • Andrew Saunders, director, Tulip Agriculture and managing director, Dalehead Foods

4.40pm- Group discussion and panel Q&A

5.00pm- Conference ends

6.30pm- Networking reception

7.30pm- Dinner and guest speaker


Day Two, the Innovation Conference is provided free of charge to all English levy payers by AHDB Pork.

The Innovation Conference will combine discussion about some of the big industry issues, from antibiotics and animal health and welfare, with a detailed look at some of the technological advances taking place within the industry that could help pig businesses operate more effectively.

9.00am- Registration and exhibition open

10.00am– Welcome and introduction

  • Ben Williams, knowledge transfer senior manager, AHDB and Alistair Driver, editor, Pig World

10.25am- The value of integrated data to the producer and the power of data integration

  • Marc Cox, CEO and co-founder, AgriSyst

10.45am- Smarter systems for pig production: realising the benefits of technological integration and big data in practice

  • Professor Lisa Collins, professor of animal science, University of Leeds, NB agrifood chair, Livestock Systems, director, Smart Agri-Systems

11.15am- Group discussion and panel Q&A

11.30am- Refreshments, networking and exhibition open 

12.00pm- The importance of growing healthy pigs

  • Marco Terreni, global regional director – euram, MSD

12.25pm- Butchery demo and NPD foodservice presentation

  • Mark Hayward, partner, Dingley Dell and Martin Eccles, AHDB

1.00pm- Lunch, networking and exhibition open 

1.45pm- Production with intact tails in Finland

  • Taneli Tirkkonen, porcine veterinarian, Atria Plc. Finland

2.05pm- Farmer’s initiative to provide novelty in enrichment materials for pigs

  • Dr Emma Fàbrega-Romans, researcher in animal welfare, IRTA (Catalan Agricultural Research Institute)

2.25pm-  Tackling tail biting

  • Kate Mellor, Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager, AHDB Pork and Claire Barber, welfare officer – animal science, AHDB

2.45pm-  Group discussion and panel Q&A

3.00pm- Refreshments, networking and exhibition open

3.20pm- Slurring Cooling

  • Nick MacIvor, Consultant, AM Warkup

3.40pm- Solving the problems with benefits – Mild acidification of slurry

  • Nigel Penlington, AgEngEnv Nigel Penlington Consulting Ltd, Director and Sam Godfrey, Director, Elsham Linc Limited

4.00pm- Group discussion and panel Q&A

4.20pm- Conference ends


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