Looking ahead at the 2016 Pig & Poultry Fair

The pig industry is under tremendous pressure at the moment, but there are opportunities ahead, as visitors to the British Pig & Poultry Fair will discover.

Speakers in the popular forum programme include award-winning farmers, market analysts and technical specialists, who’ll share a wealth of insight and ideas to help producers plan ahead.

“We’ll also hear from a great line up of speakers on how farmers can drill down to find those precious marginal gains in performance to improve profitability,” fair organiser Alice Bell said.

ABN, which is supporting the event, will be explaining how the feed supply chain can work together to drive innovation and improve performance on farm. In the afternoon session, meanwhile, AHDB Pork and two pig producers will share how data management systems can help identify marginal gains, control production costs and prepare businesses for the future.

Simon Watchorn, who breeds and finishes 15,500 outdoor RSPCA Assured pigs a year in Norfolk, will be taking to the platform to explain how he uses data management to make small improvements to performance.
“My Agrosoft programme is my most useful piece of technology,” he said. “It measures and records everything so I can tell where potential problems are.”

2016 PIG PRODUCER FORUMS

11:00 – Outlook for Pigs
Are you prepared for the road ahead? Hear from industry experts on the outlook for the pig sector and the challenges and opportunities you need to be ready for.
> Phil Woodall, Thames Valley Cambac
> Meryl Ward, AHDB Pork
> Zoë Davies, NPA (chairman)

12:00 – Driving Innovation in Supply, Nutrition and Performance (ABN)
Hear how in today’s global market we can drive innovation and work together to improve performance and margins on farm.
> Hugh Burton, ABN senior raw material manager
> Adekunle Adebiyi, ABN poultry nutritionist

14:00 – Pig Performance – calm out of the chaos (AHDB Pork)
Indoor and outdoor pig producers share how data management systems can help identify marginal gains, control production costs and prepare your business for the future.
> Simon Watchorn, Outdoor pig producer
> Stephen Tuer, Indoor pig producer
> Charlotte Evans, AHDB Pork (chairman)

The British Pig & Poultry Fair, supported by ABN, will be held at the National Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on May 10/11, 2016. The forum programme is free to attend and will run from 10am to 4pm each day.

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