Pig Breeder Masterclass 2019

The Pig Breeder Masterclass will be held at the Hotel Nikko Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Friday 26 April 2019.

Comments from Steve McOrist, Leader of the 2019 Pig Breeder Masterclass:

“The raising of pigs in South East Asia continues to expand to meet the growing consumer demands for pork of the highest quality safety, taste and nutritious status.

“Farm expansion and consolidations combined with use of modern pig breeds have led to larger breeding herds requiring top expertise to achieve optimum performance.

“Asian Agribiz offers the first Masterclass in Pig Breeder farm management to draw together speakers and facilitators who can lead specific discussions on the key issues affecting performance, including:

  • buying and selecting the best gilts
  • nutrition and appetite of the lactating sow
  • selection of breeding pigs to balance fertility and progeny performance
  • culling practices

“The Masterclass will be a forum for the discussion of challenges and issues facing the Asian pig breeder in an interactive environment, rather than straight conference presentations. It will be a pre-requisite of the class that attendees have a working knowledge of pig breeding concepts.

“The audience will include 50 breeder farm managers, from Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and other parts of Asia. It will be conducted in English, without translation.”

STEVEN McORIST, Masterclass Leader

Steven McOrist, BVSc MVSc PhD DipECVP, DipECPHM, has had roles as senior researcher in the pig health programs in the UK University of Edinburgh and of Nottingham. His team was the first to define the causative agent Lawsonia intracellularis and to develop useful therapies and a vaccine.

He has also served as the director of veterinary and technical services for the Asian-Australian agribusiness group, QAF (Bunge) Industries, focusing on swine production.

He currently performs full-time pig and consultancy work in Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong and Melbourne. He performs technical management roles and consultancies with Australian, Chinese, Filipino and European pig agribusiness groups.

He has published extensively on pig diseases, including guidebooks on pig health and management and to the standard textbook, Diseases of Swine.


On-line registration can be made by clicking here.

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Click here for alternative accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City.


For further information email Sutasinee Lake and Pornmanee Tangamomphankun at events@asian-agribiz.com