Eastern European Pig Congress took place in Hotel 500 Tarnowo Podgórne (near Poznań) January 31, 2020. That was the third edition of the Congress. This year, the events was attended by over 300 participants from Poland and Eastern Europe, including: pig breeders, pig producers, veterinarian doctors, industry experts and feed additives producers.
This year, Pig Congress has moved to an international level, thanks to the presence of foreign speakers and representatives of companies from 10 European countries such as: the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Romania and the United Kingdom. Participants had the opportunity to participate in lectures held under three sections: Farm Management, Feeding and Animal welfare (intended for veterinarians, veterinary technicians and zootechnicians).
The event program included interesting and useful lectures that covered many current problems of the sector. The main topic, which caused a lot of emotions, was African Swine Fever. Professor Elżbieta Szymańska from Warsaw University of Life Sciences discussed the impact of ASF on changing pork prices in the country. In turn, Mr. Jacek Strzelecki (expert on the Chinese agri-food market) raised the topic of African Swine Fever in China.
Other lectures were equally interesting. Thomas Brunner, Austrian farmer, who owns the Ukrainian company Agro Plus 2006, spoke about his experience in feeding pigs without the use of antibiotics. Udo Dul from the Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture, Wilhelm Rekstys from the Lithuanian Breeding Pig Growers and Improvers Association and Dzintra Lejniece from the Latvian Pig Breeders Association provided important information on the situation in the pig industry in their countries.
In the “Feeding” section, scientists from the Poznan University of Life Sciences, the National Research Institute of Animal Production, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), the University of Agriculture in Krakow and the Polish Association of Oil Producers gave lectures on issues related to: nutrients in pig nutrition, seeds of bean plants, oilseeds and oilseed meal. The moderator of this section was dr Tomasz Schwarz from the University of Agriculture in Krakow, who shed new light on the use of rye in pig nutrition.
In the “Welfare” section, veterinarians (specialists in pig diseases) covered topics such as: “Bioasecuration at the farm level”, “ASF – on the example of Case No. 28/2019” and “Effectiveness of reproduction and problem with the swine heat”. This section was moderated by vet. Tomasz Kruppa from the Globalwet Association, he presented the topic of the use of altrenogest in the daily work of a veterinarian.
During the Eastern European Pig Congress, a press conference was also attended by: professor Elżbieta Szymańska, Mr. Jacek Strzelecki (expert on the Chinese agri-food market) and vet. Marek Pirsztuk. The main topic of the conference was the current situation on the Polish and global pig market. The biggest stir was caused by the African swine fever theme.
Participants also had the opportunity to contact many companies that presented their solutions used in pig farming at the exhibition. Viridis became the General Partner of this year’s edition.
Undoubtedly, the Eastern European Pig Congress was a great success. The InConventus Group has once again proved that organizing international conferences is not a problem. The organizers are already planning the next edition of Eastern European Pig Congress. More information on the website: www.pig-congress.com.