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Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference

The Teagasc National Pig Conference is taking place today, Tuesday 20 October at the Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan and tomorrow, Wednesday 21 October at the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles County Tipperary.

Guest speakers Jannes Doppenberg and Francesc Molist from Schothorst Feed Research in the Netherlands will look at using Alternative Feed Ingredients to reduce feed costs. This is a critical area for pig producers as Irish producers look to close the gap on production costs with European competitors.

Caroline Garvan and Denis Healy from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will provide an update on antimicrobials in pig production and what the sector is facing in relation to usage reduction. Other papers will look at nutrition, performance and farm health.

Head of the Teagasc Pig Development Department Ciarán Carroll will outline a draft Strategy programme for the Pig Development Department over the next few years.

In poster presentations at the conference, Teagasc researchers and Ph.D students will present an overview of what is currently happening on some of the pig research projects at Teagasc Moorepark. Head of the Teagasc Pig Development Department, Ciarán Carroll, said: "The conference provides a valuable opportunity for all in the sector to meet other producers and get the latest information from the Teagasc Pig Development Department and the other speakers on the issues and challenges facing the sector.”

New Pig Specialist Appointed in Ballyhaise

At the conference, Teagasc announced the appointment of Emer McCrum as a new Specialist Pig Development Officer based at Ballyhaise in County Cavan. She fills the vacancy following Seamas Clarke’s retirement. Emer McCrum graduated with a Degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin, specialising in Animal and Crop production. She has been working as a Technician with Teagasc for the past few months and has previously worked on a commercial pig farm in the midlands. She is native of Mulllingar, in county Westmeath.

Teagasc Specialist Pig Development Officer Emer McCrum, pictured with David Condon, Mitchelstown,
on the Teagasc stand at the recent National Ploughing Championships. Photo O'Gorman Photography.