Towards Excellence in Pig Production

2019 Ensminger Pig Symposium

22-23 May 2019 aha Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre


On behalf of the Iowa State University, the Pig Breeders Society of South Africa (PBS), the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA) and the South African Pork Producers Organisation (SAPPO), we want to thank you for attending the 2019 Ensminger Pig Symposium on 22 & 23 May 2019.

We certainly hope that the symposium has been all that you expected it to be, and that you have taken the opportunity to make new friends, renew old acquaintances and make contact with decision-makers and partners for your continued success.

A big thank you to all the speakers! If it were not for you such an informative and valuable symposium would not have been possible.

Last, but not least, thank you to our sponsors. Without your support the symposium could not have been such a success.

If you would like to make a suggestion, leave a comment or compliment, please send the organising committee an email at

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)









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


Sessions presented by well-known international speakers

Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Facilitator: Dr Danie Visser – Director, Juventis/Alliance Genetics

Dress Code: Business Attire

11h00 - 12h50

Welcoming Lunch & Registration

12h50 - 13h00

Scripture Reading & Prayer

Mr Hugo Meyer

13h00 - 13h30

Welcoming & Opening

Dr John Purchase

13h30 - 14h15

Feeding and management for antibiotic reduced/free pork production

Prof John Patience

14h15 - 15h00

Efficacy of dietary alternatives to growth promoting antibiotics

Dr Nick Gabler

15h00 - 15h30

Tea & Coffee Break

15h30 - 16h15

On-farm swine welfare: The basics!

Dr Anna Johnson

16h15 - 17h00

Using genetics and genomics to design the market pig

Prof Max Rothschild

17h00 - 19h00

Time Breaker

Delegates are invited to join us for chilled afternoon drinks and entertainment.

19h00 - 23h59

PBS Centenary Dinner (Dress Code: Smart Casual)

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. The PBS has over the years adapted to change and migrated 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 is celebrating 100 years of pig stud breeding in South Africa – indeed a very special milestone.
* A ticket to the PBS Centenary Dinner is included in the symposium registration fee.

Wednesday evening, 22 May 2019
Master of Ceremonies: Dr Pieter Möller

Dress Code: Smart Casual



De Wet Boshoff (Executive Director: AFMA)


A word from Neil Dry

Neil Dry (President: Pig Breeders Society of South Africa)


A word from Dr Danie Visser

Dr Danie Visser (Director: Juventis / Alliance Genetics)


Awards Session

Bronze, Silver, Gold and Life Time Awards
Shaun Mockford (Vice President: Pig Breeders Society of South Africa (PBS)) & Dr Japie van der Westhuizen (General Manager: SA Stud Book)



Francois du Toit (Topigs Norsvin)

[Photo session for recipients of awards]




A word from Johan van der Walt

Johan van der Walt (Chairman: SAPPO)


Exemplary Awards Session

Exemplary Award Pig Veterinary Science and Support, Exemplary Award Women, Exemplary Award Pig Meat Science, Exemplary Award Technical Excellence & Exemplary Award Agricultural Journalism
Shaun Mockford & Dr Danie Visser

[Photo session for recipients of awards]


Main Course


A word from Dr Pierre van Rooyen

Dr Pierre van Rooyen (Previous General Manager: SA Stud Book)


PBS International Awards Session

PBS International Accolades & PBS Industry Legendary Awards
Shaun Mockford & Neil Dry


A word from Landbouweekblad

Chris Burgess (Chief Editor: Landbouweekblad)


President's Award: Sponsored by AFGRI Animal Feeds

Shaun Mockford, Dr Franscois Crots (Technical and Sales Director: AFGRI Animal Feeds), Anina Hunter (Managing Director: AFGRI Animal Feeds) & Neil Dry


A word from Prof Max Rothschild

Prof Max Rothschild (Distinguished Professor: Iowa State University)



Peter Mockford (Chairman: F. Mockford Farms)

[Photo session for recipients of awards]



Thursday, 23 May 2019
Facilitator: Mr De Wet Boshoff – Executive Director, AFMA

Dress Code: Business Attire

07h30 - 08h30

Day Delegate Registration

08h30 - 09h00

Welcoming & Opening

Mr Jim Higgiston

Mr Jim Higgiston - Minister Counselor for Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

09h00 - 09h45

Managing sows and boars for lifetime productivity: Recent developments in reproduction and A.I.

Dr Billy Flowers

09h45 - 10h30

Genetic improvement of sow longevity and its economic impact on commercial pork production

Dr Benny Mote

10h30 - 11h00

Tea & Coffee Break

11h00 - 11h45

Antemortem factors and postmortem processing impacts on pork quality

Dr Christy Bratcher

11h45 - 12h30

Imagining the future of pork production

Prof Max Rothschild

12h30 - 13h00

Summary and Closing of Symposium

Prof Este van Marle-Köster – Associate Professor: Animal Breeding and Genetics & Head of Department: Animal and Wildlife Science, University of Pretoria

13h00 - 14h00

Lunch for Speakers and Delegates


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

Benny Mote

Dr Benny Mote

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Christy Bratcher

Dr Christy Bratcher

Professor, Auburn University

Dr John Purchase

Dr John Purchase

Chief Executive Officer, Agbiz

Mr Jim Higgiston

Mr Jim Higgiston

Minister Counselor for Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sponsors & Exhibitors

They are helping us make this event possible

Biomin Animal Nutrition
Danbred Africa
PIC South Africa
4Mix International
Animate Animal Health
Big Dutchman
Evonik Africa
Nutri Feeds
Trouw Nutrition
Virbac Animal Health
Vitam International
Westside Enterprises
Animal Nutrition & Health
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health South Africa
DSM Animal Nutrition & Health
National Swine Registry
DIAG Import & Export CC
Avipharm Feeds
Essential Nutrients, partner to Diamond V
Farmer's Weekly
Lynca Meats
Plaas Media
Danbred Africa
AFGRI Animal Feeds
Alliance Genetics SA
Dalein Plaasbou
Meadow Feeds
Neogen Corporation
Taureau Capital (Pty) Ltd
Trigga Trader
Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA)
South African Pork Producers Organisation (SAPPO)