Look out for Irish Pig Health Society’s first online Symposium this week

The first of three Irish Pig Health Society’s (IPHS) annual Symposium webinars will take place on Tuesday.

The series of webinars will take place on May 5, 12 and 19. The first on Wednesday will feature Canadian veterinary expert and veterinary counsellor for the Canadian Pork Council, discussing the global perspectives on African Swine Fever (ASF). Following this, Ciaran Cunningham and Iain Mortimer from Agrihealth will discuss biosecurity practices in poultry and pigs respectively.

All three webinars will begin at 7pm each evening and run until 8:30pm. Those interested in part-taking in the IPHS Virtual Symposium, can register for each of the webinars by visiting the IPHS website www.iphs.ie.

The second webinar on May 12 will focus on the principles, details and daily practices for improving pig health and welfare. German pig consultant, Mirjam Lechner will share best practices in managing inflammation, health and vices in pigs. Attendees will also hear from Miguel Higuera, director of ANPROGAPOR, the Spanish pig farmers’ association.

The final webinar on May 19th will feature a panel of farmers sharing their experiences of weaning without zinc and other medications, and will be moderated by Ciarán Carroll, Head of Knowledge Transfer, Pig Development Department, Teagasc.

“The last year has been extremely difficult for everyone and the resilience of the pig sector has shown that even in adverse conditions the sector can thrive,” said Dr Carla Gomes, president and veterinary advisor of the IPHS. The sector faces huge challenges with new legislation focusing on the reduction of antimicrobial usage, the withdrawn of zinc oxide and improved animal welfare.

“The aim of this year’s virtual symposium series is to provide practical solutions for producers and industry stakeholders so that Irish farmers can access tools to help them continue to thrive as the sector evolves.”

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