Sessions presented by international speakers

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

11h00 - 12h50

Welcoming Lunch & Registration

12h50 - 13h00

Scripture Reading & Prayer

13h00 - 13h30

Welcoming & Opening

Dr John Purchase

13h30 - 14h15

Feeding and management for antibiotic reduced/free pork production

Prof John Patience

14h15 - 15h00

Review of the efficacy of sub-therapeutic antibiotic alternative ingredients in pigs

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

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 2019

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

Master of Ceremonies: Dr Pieter Möller

Thursday, 23 May 2019

08h30 - 09h00

Welcoming & Opening

Mr Jim Higgiston, Minister Counselor of Agriculture, US Embassy, Pretoria

09h00 - 09h45

Managing sows and boar for lifetime productivity: An eye on recent developments in reproduction and AI

Dr Billy Flowers

09h45 - 10h30

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

Dr Kenneth Stalder

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

13h00 - 14h00

Lunch for speakers and delegates