Towards Excellence in Pig Production

2019 Ensminger Pig Symposium

22-23 May 2019 aha Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre
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The 2019 Ensminger Pig Symposium is a CPD accredited event

The Ensminger Program & 2019 Ensminger Pig Symposium

After 50 years, the Ensminger Symposium comes to South Africa

The production of pork, the red meat of choice across the world, is a highly competitive activity that requires attention to changed production techniques and the utilisation of cutting-edge technologies to maintain outputs. Closely tied to production techniques is the name of Professor M.E. Ensminger, agricultural research pioneer and author of the Stockman’s Handbook and many other titles, whose thinking and advice has provided ‘food for thought’ to farmers across the globe for 50 years through annual Ensminger Symposia.

Now, on 22 & 23 May 2019, local agriculturists will have an opportunity to meet and hear seven well-respected, internationally known scientists who will take part in the first-ever Ensminger Symposium to be held on the African continent. For two days, farmers researchers, academics and agriculturists – in fact anyone with an interest in pig production techniques – will be able to share the very latest information in the world of pork production within easy reach of Pretoria and Johannesburg.

The Ensminger Symposium in South Africa will be an event that should not be missed.

Prof Max Rothschild, Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University explains:

Ensminger Symposia have been held around the world for the last 50 years. In recent years they have been held in Russia, Bulgaria, China, Thailand, Korea, Spain, Peru, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

Originally the brainchild of Professor Ensminger, the events were developed by the Professor who spent much of his career travelling the world sharing his mission to bring modern animal science techniques to students, academic faculties and industry.

Much of the wisdom shared originated from the many books he published on the different animal science species which are still in use across the world.

This will be the first time that an Ensminger Symposium will be held in Africa. The event also heralds another significant occasion, namely the 100th anniversary of the Pig Breeders Society of South Africa (PBS).

For those involved in pork production, the Ensminger Symposium will offer a unique opportunity to absorb learnings about the rapidly changing techniques being used to increase production.

Discussions will cover topics ranging from increasing sow longevity and reducing antibiotic feeding approaches, through to modern welfare techniques and gene and genomic selection. Delegates will also learn more about the latest techniques for successful male and female reproduction and increasing meat quality.

Organised by: Iowa State University
Organised by: Iowa State University
Organised by: Pig Breeders Society of South Africa (PBS)
Organised by: Pig Breeders Society of South Africa (PBS)
Endorsed and supported by: Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA)
Endorsed and supported by: Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA)
Endorsed and supported by: South African Pork Producers Organisation (SAPPO)
Endorsed and supported by: South African Pork Producers Organisation (SAPPO)

200

Delegates

7

Speakers

28

Sponsors

25

Exhibitors

Who should attend?

The Ensminger Pig Symposium’s target audience embraces global and local participants, and will include:

• Pig producers, breeders, delegates, personnel, customers and shareholders of breeding companies
• Academia, researchers, consultants, pig and state veterinarians, animal scientists and alike
• All raw material input suppliers to the pig industry
• Feed manufacturers
• Service providers to the feed and food processing industry
• Representatives from State and parastatal organisations
• Laboratories
• International delegates
• All other interested industry partners
• Students

Programme

Sessions presented by well-known international speakers

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

13h00 - 13h30

Welcoming & Opening

By a South Africa Industry Leader (To be confirmed)

13h30 - 14h15
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Feeding and management for antibiotic reduced/free pork production

Prof John Patience

14h15 - 15h00
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Review of the efficacy of sub-therapeutic antibiotic alternative ingredients in pigs

Dr Nick Gabler

15h00 - 15h30

Tea & Coffee Break

15h30 - 16h15
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On-farm swine welfare: The basics!

Dr Anna Johnson

16h15 - 17h00
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Managing sows and boar for lifetime productivity: An eye on recent developments in reproduction and AI

Dr Billy Flowers

19h00 - 23h59

PBS Centenary Dinner

The Pig Breeders Society of South Africa (PBS) was formed on 20 September 1919. From their first AGM held on the 19th of May 1921 and attended by no less than 56 members the PBS spearheaded pedigree pig breeding in South and Southern Africa adapting to change and migrating from classical pig breeding and shows to national performance testing and BLUP to the national footprint of pig breeding companies in the modern era of pig breeding. Hence in 2019, PBS marks a special milestone.
* A ticket to the PBS Centenary Dinner is included in the symposium registration fee and additional tickets for accompanying persons can be booked here.

Wednesday evening, 22 May 2018

The evening event's programme will be published at a later stage

Thursday, 23 May 2019

08h30 - 09h00

Welcoming & Opening

By the Agricultural Attaché: USA

09h00 - 09h45
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Using genetics and genomics to design the market pig

Prof Max Rothschild

09h45 - 10h30
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Genetic improvement of sow longevity and its economic impact on commercial pork production

Dr Kenneth Stalder

10h30 - 11h00

Tea & Coffee Break

11h00 - 11h45
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Antemortem factors and postmortem processing impacts on pork quality

Dr Christy Bratcher

11h45 - 12h30
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Imagining the future of pork production

Prof Max Rothschild

12h30 - 13h00

Summary and closing of Symposium

13h00 - 14h00

Lunch for speakers and delegates

Speakers

Listen and get inspired by our international speakers

Max Rothschild

Prof Max Rothschild

Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University

John Patience

Prof John Patience

Professor, Iowa State University

Nick Gabler

Dr Nick Gabler

Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Anna Johnson

Dr Anna Johnson

Professor, Iowa State University

Billy Flowers

Dr Billy Flowers

Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University

Kenneth Stalder

Dr Kenneth Stalder

Professor, Iowa State University

Christy Bratcher

Dr Christy Bratcher

Professor, Auburn University

Sponsors & Exhibitors

They are helping us make this event possible

Biomin Animal Nutrition
Danbred Africa
PIC South Africa
4Mix International
Animate Animal Health
Zoetis
Evonik Africa
Trouw Nutrition
Virbac Animal Health
Westside Enterprises
Chemuniqué
DIAG Import & Export CC
Epol
Landbouweekblad
Biofarm
Danbred Africa
Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA)
South African Pork Producers' Organisation (SAPPO)

Other (to be specified)

Delegate Registration

* Rates include VAT

Early Bird

R990p/p

  • Access to all sessions
  • Access to the exhibitor area
  • Conference bag and proceedings of the Ensminger Pig Symposium
  • Lunches and all refreshments during the breaks
  • Attendance of the PBS Centenary Dinner
  • *Excludes accommodation
  • *The Early Bird rate runs from 31 October 2018 to 31 December 2018

Standard

R1,200p/p

  • Access to all sessions
  • Access to the exhibitor area
  • Conference bag and proceedings of the Ensminger Pig Symposium
  • Lunches and all refreshments during the breaks
  • Attendance of the PBS Centenary Dinner
  • *Excludes accommodation
  • *The Standard rate runs from 1 January 2019 to 8 May 2019

Late

R1,500p/p

  • Access to all sessions
  • Access to the exhibitor area
  • Conference bag and proceedings of the Ensminger Pig Symposium
  • Lunches and all refreshments during the breaks
  • Attendance of the PBS Centenary Dinner
  • *Excludes accommodation
  • *The Late rate runs from 9 May 2019 to 20 May 2019
Tickets for accompanying persons to the Pig Breeders Society of South Africa's Centenary Dinner are available at R600 per person (VAT incl.)

Venue Information

aha Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre sits calmly within a beautifully maintained Benoni country estate in the East Rand of Gauteng

Location

aha Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre holds a unique position in comparison to other hotels and conference venues in Johannesburg, as it is situated just outside the city, offering guests countryside sights and a quiet atmosphere that captures the spirit of Africa. You are also able to easily access nearby attractions in the surrounding areas.

Accommodation

With 55 fully detached chalets (166 bedrooms) with a traditional African feel, aha Kopanong Hotel offers you elegant accommodation. Each chalet comprises three individual rooms with private entrances which, in cases of group bookings, can be opened up via inter-leading doors, allowing complete access and transforming your rooms into a luxury villa.

Dining

To add to the natural aesthetic and harmonious atmosphere of Kopanong, the talented chefs who run, create and curate the fine dining at the Moshate Restaurant offer guests freshly prepared cuisine. The professional chefs use only the freshest ingredients to create memorable dishes with continental flair.