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2023 Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference

The 2023 Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference took place at the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan yesterday Tuesday 17 October and today, Wednesday 18th October, at The Horse & Jockey Hotel, Co. Tipperary

2023 Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference
A certificate was presented for a Component Award for Level 5 Pig Production at the Teagasc Annual Pig Conference in the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan, yesterday, Tuesday 17 October. Pictured (L to R): Ciarán Carroll, Head of Pigs Knowledge Transfer, Pig Development Department. Teagasc; Professor Frank O'Mara, Director Teagasc; Jamie Maguire, Oldcastle Co. Meath recipient and Louise Clarke, Teagasc. Pic. Colm Connaughton

Attendees were welcomed to the event in Cavan by the Director of Teagasc, Professor Frank O’Mara, who recognised the various challenges the industry is currently facing and encouraged farmers to “seize this opportunity today to talk with the Pig Development Department team and share your current challenges and what we can do to help.”  

All those working across the pig sector had been strongly urged to attend this year’s conference, as there was something for everyone.

Amy Quinn, Lead Specialised Advisor with the Teagasc Pig Development Department, said; “We are very excited to welcome all those engaged in the industry to join us at the conference over the two days and take advantage of the opportunity to connect with fellow producers and stakeholders and enjoy the offerings of this year's event.” She added; “This event is always a real highlight in the calendar for us and we hope it is for farmers too.”  

Ciarán Carroll, Teagasc Head of Pig Advisory commented; “The Pig Development Department has carefully designed a strong technical programme for this year’s event and we are delighted to welcome three guest speakers to join our Teagasc speakers for this event; Francesc Illas, Johannes Vugts and Des Rice. Each of these speakers has something different but very valuable to offer our audience.”  

Johannes Vugts is a Senior Pig Production Adviser with HKScan, a Scandinavian food company and the fifth largest food manufacturer in Europe, mostly working on improving management on larger sow units in Finland and has advised pig producers in Sweden and Estonia. In recent years, a lot of his work focus has shifted from maximising production to improving quality and welfare.

Des Rice, who began his career as veterinarian, is a business coach and psychotherapist and provides coaching and mentoring services on strategic, human-behaviour and stress management issues to many businesses and to various community groups.  

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.  

A copy of the conference booklet is available to view at: https://www.teagasc.ie/publications/2023/teagasc-pig-farmers-conference-2023.php