IPHS to return to Portaoise for 2020 Symposium

The Irish Pig Health Society (IPHS) will be hosting their annual Symposium on Tuesday 7 April 2020 at the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise.

The IPHS Symposium is the largest annual pig event in Ireland, and attracts visitors from all areas of the pig industry. The event will begin with a hog roast lunch at midday, followed by the conference seminar and access to the trade exhibition hall. The Symposium will conclude at 6:30pm, followed by an evening meal where the finalists of the inaugural Teagasc Pig Awards will be announced.

Seminars and talks will cover a range of topics, including: presentations of experience and research from German farms on managing inflammation and the associated health and vice issues; insights on adding value to pork produce from meat processors; and discussions surrounding surround global perspectives on African Swine Fever (ASF), animal rights activism, and animal health.

Key speakers on the day include: Dr Egan Brockhoff, a Canadian veterinarian who will share his experience of providing consulting services in Asia, focusing on African Swine Fever prevention and control; Carla Gomes, Pig HealthCheck Programme Manager, Animal Health Ireland will also provide an update on profitability and sustainability through better pig health practices; and Peter Duggan, Bord Bia’s Sector Manager for Pigmeat, who will chair a farmer and processor panel discussion on the Bord Bia led LEAN programme, covering practical productivity measures and how they can be implemented.


IPHS President Martin Tighe, who is in his first year of office, said: “The aim of the IPHS 2020 Symposium is to provide practical solutions for producers and industry stakeholders so that Irish farms, in particular, can access the tools to help them continue to thrive as the sector evolves.”

Admission to the Symposium is €30 per person or €50 to include a sit-down evening meal. Any further enquiries to the event can be made directly with the event organisers, Green Acre Marketing on +353 (51) 371 817 or via email [email protected].

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