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Pig Farmers' Conference 2023


The Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference will take place on October 17th in the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan and on October 18th in the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Co. Tipperary. The event will begin at 1pm on both days with a light lunch provided. We urge all those involved in the sector to attend the conference and have the opportunity to meet fellow producers while seeing the latest information that the Teagasc Pig Development Department have put together for this year’s event.

This year we are delighted to have three invited speakers join our Pig Development Department line up for the event. Francesc Illas, works for Grup Batallé, a fully integrated company that manages 30,000 sows from genetics to final product, where he is currently the technical director and head of production. Johannes Vugts is a Senior Pig Production Adviser with HKScan, a 130 year old Scandinavian food company that is currently the fifth largest food manufacturer in Europe. He is based in Finland but also works Sweden and Estonia. Des Rice, who began his career as veterinarian, is a business Coach and psychotherapist and providing coaching and mentoring services on strategic, human-behaviour and stress management issues to many businesses and to various community groups.

We look forward to seeing many of you there, so make sure you mark it in your diary. If you would like any further information please contact Amy Quinn (amy.quinn@teagagasc.ie, 087 3779015).  Please find the full conference programme below.


Conference programme

Moorepark weighs in on farrowing room feeding - Aisling Holmes & Kieran Keane, Teagasc

Measures to minimise increasing costs: how companies are dealing with current challenges - Francesc Illas, Grup Batallé

Optimising post-weaning feed intake: effective management & nutritional strategies - Louise Clarke & Peadar Lawlor, Teagasc

Insights from the Finnish pig industry - Johannes Vugts, HK Scan

Elevating gestating sow welfare: a win-win for sow & piglet performance - Keelin O'Driscoll & Laura Boyle, Teagasc

Staying calm in spite of very difficult circumstances - Des Rice, Creating Collaborative Organisations (CCO)

Feeding for higher profit - Michael McKeon, Gerard McCutcheon & Emer McCrum, Teagasc