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Expert advice for pig and poultry producers will be available online this month to help farmers plan ahead for their businesses. Pig and Poultry forums go online for 2021

Expert advice for pig and poultry producers will be available online this month to help farmers plan ahead for their businesses.

The decision follows the cancellation of this year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair due to the coronavirus pandemic. The technical forums are the highlight of the biennial event – and will still take place as a series of online seminars.

“The fair is known as the place to find ideas,” says event organiser Alice Bell. “While we can’t meet in person, we will be bringing a line up of top speakers and leading advice to your screens – at home – on 12 May.”

Improving performance

Partnered by sponsors ABN, the programme for the day will include outlooks for the pig, poultry meat and egg sectors. Technical sessions will include advice from AHDB experts – all of which will be free to attend live via the fair website.

ABN commercial director Danny Johnson said: “The fair is a hugely important event for the industry. We are committed to helping producers improve performance on farm and that is exactly what these forums will be offering.”

Topping the bill is the popular Pig Outlook Forum. Chaired by Mike Sheldon from the AHDB Pork Board, it will give producers the chance to hear what supply chain leaders see as the challenges and opportunities ahead for the sector.

Morrisons head of agriculture Sophie Throup will outline the future of British pork on the supermarket’s shelves. She will be joined by Andrew Saunders from processor Tulip and National Pig Association chairman Rob Mutimer.

Practical management

Dutch expert Chris Opschoor, from Topigs Norsvin, will lead a session on optimising sow and pre-weaning piglet performance. Kristian Volshøj from AB Neo will share practical management tips to ensure piglets survive and thrive in large litters.

This session will focus on how the nutritional needs of the hyper-prolific sow change with productivity levels – and how feeding to meet these needs can help ensure piglets thrive, both in her current litter but also following litters.

Producers concerned about ammonia emission limits with the forthcoming changes to the Environmental Permitting Regulations, will be particularly interested in an AHDB-led session on ammonia emissions.

Philippa Mansfield from Catchment Sensitive Farming will outline how producers can comply with rules on air quality. Equipment suppliers Big Dutchman will showcase ways producers can mitigate ammonia emissions to meet regulatory requirements.

For forum details, visit www.pigandpoultry.org.uk. The next Pig & Poultry Fair will take place on 10-11 May 2022.