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Teagasc Virtual Pig Week

This year’s Virtual Pig Week will take place from 19 – 22 October on our virtual platform www.teagasc.ie/virtualpigweek . A different topic will be covered each day and a variety of contributors will share their expertise and experience including Teagasc farm staff, advisors and researchers along with pig producers and international experts. It will run from 1-2 pm each day, which should facilitate all those involved in the industry to attend.

Teagasc Virtual Pig Week

On day one, tomorrow, Tuesday, 19 October, the focus will be on the Teagasc Pig Research Facility. Teagasc Farm Manager, Tomás Ryan and Research Technician, Aisling Holmes focus on the gestating sow and the factors contributing to the persistently high farrowing rates. They will also examine the high weaning weights in the farm and how these are being achieved. They will discuss how their detailed record keeping and database of information contribute to these successes.

On day two, we will host a webinar on wet feeding with International guest speaker from the Netherlands, Joost Leijten, an independent consultant on wet feed systems. He will look at some of the most common quality control issues and system delivery problems associated with the wet feeding of pigs. He will examine three main problem areas, including how to identify the issues, possible impact on pig performance and how to rectify the issues.

On day three, Thursday, we investigate Milk Supplementation. Teagasc Pig Development Department researchers and farm staff will share some of their knowledge on the evolution of milk supplementation and the key technicalities around its use. Two pig farmers will also share their experiences with milk supplementation systems on their farms. The focus will be on the general management, key husbandry practices, performance and tips that they have experienced to date.

On day four, Friday, we will host a live panel discussion on topical issues facing the pig sector including the fast approaching ban on Zinc Oxide in pig diets as well as pig meat supply, market opportunities and outlook. The panel for this event will include representatives from Teagasc, Bord Bia, Meat Industry Ireland and the IFA.

A new feature this year is the EXPO Room where the Teagasc Pig Development Department students will present a video overview of what is currently happening on some of the many research projects at Teagasc Moorepark.

This event is free of charge and you can register for the Virtual Pig Week at https://hopin.com/events/teagasc-virtual-pig-week-2021

We really encourage all pig producers to gather all staff together to view this lunchtime event. You can login to this event on whatever device, phone, tablet or computer, that is most convenient for you.