The Irish Pig Health Society (IPHS) are looking forward to holding their 2021 Symposium virtually as a series of three webinars held across May 5th, 12th and 19th. The IPHS Symposium is the largest annual pig event in Ireland and traditionally attracts attendees to Ireland from all areas of the pig industry.
According to President of the IPHS, Dr Carla Gomes, the Society are delighted to be able to provide Irish pig farmers with insights from world leading pig experts virtually. “The last year has been extremely difficult for everyone and the resilience of the pig sector has shown that even in adverse conditions the sector can thrive. The sector faces huge challenges with new legislation focusing on the reduction of antimicrobial usage, the withdrawn of zinc oxide and improved animal welfare. The aim of this year’s virtual symposium series is to provide practical solutions for producers and industry stakeholders so that Irish farmers can access tools to help them continue to thrive as the sector evolves.”
Attendees at the first webinar on May 5th will hear from Dr Egan Brockhoff, Canadian veterinary expert and veterinary counsellor for the Canadian Pork Council. Dr Brockhoff will discuss the global perspectives on African Swine Fever (ASF). Following this, Ciaran Cunningham and Iain Mortimer from Agrihealth will discuss biosecurity practices in poultry and pigs respectively.
The second webinar on May 12th will focus on the principles, details and daily practices for improving pig health and welfare. German pig consultant, Mirjam Lechner will share best practices in managing inflammation, health and vices in pigs. Attendees will also hear from Miguel Higuera, Director of ANPROGAPOR, the Spanish pig farmers’ association.
Attendees of the final webinar on May 19th will listen to a panel of farmers sharing their experiences of weaning without zinc and other medications. This session will be moderated by Ciarán Carroll, Head of Knowledge Transfer, Pig Development Department, Teagasc.
All three webinars will begin at 7pm each evening and run until 8:30pm. Those interested in part-taking in the IPHS Virtual Symposium, can register for each of the webinars by visiting the IPHS website www.iphs.ie.