2018 Conference Program

The Pig Feed Quality Conference 2018 will be held on Thursday-Friday 26-27 April 2018 starting each day at 0900 hrs and finishing at 1700 hrs. A ‘Meet the Speakers’ cocktail party will be held at 1710-1830 hrs on Thursday 26 April during which refreshments and finger food will be served.

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25 April 2018 (Wednesday)
1800    Welcome gathering
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok
259 Sukhumvit 19, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Zest Bar, 7th floor


26 April 2018 (Thursday)
The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok, Ballroom, 7th floor
259 Sukhumvit 19, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

David Faulker
Conference Chairman


Nutritional management for developing gilts to reduce lameness-associated premature-culling

Dr Jae Choel Kim
Dr Jae Choel Kim, Technical Manager ASPAC, AB Vista, Singapore
Dr Kim has a Master’s degree in swine nutrition from Massey University, NZ and a PhD from Murdoch University, Australia. He has worked as a swine research scientist at the Department of Agriculture and Food, Government of Western Australia and also as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Veterinary and Life Science, Murdoch University. His major research interests include the roles of fibre, functional amino acids and micro nutrients to maintain intestinal health without in-feed antimicrobials, and the roles of nutrition to reduce stress response to improve production efficiency of pigs in the commercial environment.

Importance of Insoluble fiber for sows: impact on health and performance

Manfred Pietsch
Head of Business Unit Animal Nutrition, J Rettenmaier & Sohne GmbH & Co KG, Germany
Dr Pietsch has a degree in human nutrition and a doctorate in animal nutrition from the Justus- Liebig University, Germany. Since 1996 he has worked as product and poultry application manager for several feed additive suppliers, joining Josef Rettenmaier & Sons (JRS) in 2008 where he is responsible for poultry applications and head of the animal nutrition department.


Integrating gilt and sow nutrition – part one

Prof Mike Varley
Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham and Director, The Pig Technology Company, UK
Prof Varley was educated initially at Newcastle University before completeing a PhD at the University of Nottingham in reproductive physiology with early-weaned sows. He spent time with Plymouth University before joining the Rowett Research Institute working on a variety of projects including reproduction in early-weaned sows, applied immunology with early-weaned piglets and basic nutrition with early-weaned piglets. In 1997 Prof Varley left the academic world and joined the Provimi Group,  first with NuTec UK and then with SCA Nutrition in Yorkshire. He established his own consultancy business in 2008.

1035     Coffee

Integrating gilt and sow nutrition – part two
Prof Mike Varley
Honorary Professor, University of Nottingham and Director, The Pig Technology Company, United Kingdom

From sow nutrition to piglet performances: what are the different solutions to improve animal efficiency?

Dr Alex Wu
Regional Technical & Business Development Manager, Adisseo Asia Pacific Ltd, Singapore
Dr Wu obtained his Bachelor in Animal Sciences and Masters in Poultry Nutrition from Nanjing Agricultural University, China, and PhD from the University of New England, Australia. He is responsible for technical support, promotion and analytical coordination of enzyme product and other specialty products. His current interests are monogastric animal nutrient metabolism, net energy and heat increment, gut health and the effect of NSP degrading-enzyme and phytase in poultry and swine.

1200     Panel

1230      Lunch

Feeding of high prolific sows using an integrated sow nutrition model

Dr Peter Ramaekers
Application and Solution Specialist Swine, Trouw Nutrition, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Dr Ramaekers studied at Wageningen University in The Netherlands gaining a Master’s degree in animal nutrition and a PhD with his thesis on the control of individual daily growth in group-housed pigs using feeding stations. He worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture as an extension officer in pig husbandry before joining the Research Institute for Pig Husbandry at Rosmalen, researching the application of electronic identification in pig production. He joined Nutreco in 1997 initially as a product manager in feed production before moving into Trouw’s nutrition research and development department.

Nutrition of the sow: feeding her, feeding them

Prof Eugeni Roura
Associate Professor, University of Queensland, Australia
Prof Roura began his academic career at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain, developing an interest in digestive physiology and nutrition. He joined the University of Queensland in 2010, where he leads a research team and an applied molecular biology lab. His main research interest relates to uncovering how nutrient chemosensing mechanisms (mainly taste and smell) may modulate appetite and food intake in humans, pigs and poultry. Prior to joining the University he worked in the food and feed industries as an R&D and Technical Manager.

Animal behavior and feed intake

Ab Greven
Commercial Manager Palatability Business Unit, Asia Pacific, Nutriad International NV, Netherlands
Mr Greven has a Master’s degree in chemical engineering and strategic marketing from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. He worked as a sales manager and technical marketing manager for Akzo Nobel  involved with choline chloride for monogastric nutrition, then joined Balchem where he was responsible for the marketing and sales of their organic trace minerals and rumen protected products. He joined Nutriad in 2015 to lead the palatability business in Asia Pacific, including China. Mr Greven has been involved in several research project with the University of Wageningen and Schothorst Research Institute

1510     Coffee

Live yeast probiotics: benefits in sow nutritionnal metabolism

Dr Fábio Catunda
Global Swine Manager,  Phileo – Lesaffre Animal Care, Brazil
Dr Catunda graduated in animal science from the University of São Paulo in Brazil before joining Fri-Ribe Animal Nutrition as a nutritionist. He moved on to work as a production manager for PIC for six years in both South and North America. In 1997 he finished an MBA with specialization on Agribusiness at the University College Dublin, Ireland. He is member of the Brazilian College of Animal Nutrition an independent institution responsible for linking the University with the industry. Dr Catunda is currently doing a PhD on swine nutrition at Londrina State University – Parana, Brazil.

OH-SeMet enhances oxidative defense and immuno-response in piglets

Dr Kevin Liu
Vice President, Adisseo Asia Pacific Ltd, Singapore
Dr Liu’s qualifications include a post-doctoral from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has worked as a scientist for many years, covering amino acids, enzymes, trace minerals and various feed ingredients for poultry, pigs and dairy cows, and is extensively published.



1640    Panel

1710      Meet the Speakers Cocktail Party (Light refreshments and finger food provided in the meeting room foyer until 1830 hrs)


The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok, Ballroom, 7th floor
259 Sukhumvit 19, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 Thailand


Feeding and nutrition for better pig performance in hot climates

Dr Theerawit Poeikhampha
Lecturer, Department of Animal Science, Kasetsart University, Thailand
Dr Theerawit has degrees including a PhD in animal science from Kasetsart University. His research adopts a multidisciplinary strategy to research, develop and optimize on the animal nutrition technologies. Recent projects include feed ingredients and feed additives, exogenous enzyme and enzyme’s matrix calculation, amino acid metabolism and cell function, micronutrients in drinking water, feed formulation and feed manufacturing technology for increase the productivity of farm animal, especially in the tropical condition.

Increasing feed intake in the tropics

Gustavo Sá Ribeiro
Technical Specialist Swine at Trouw Nutrition Hifeed/Nutreco Africa, Netherlands
Mr Ribeiro has a degree in Zootechnical Engineering from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal. In his role with Nutreco he is responsible for swine nutritional, technical and portfolio advice to customers & distributors across Africa and Eastern Europe. During his time with Nutreco he has supervised research projects including ‘Nutritional requirements for Iberian sows in gestation and lactation for intensive production’ and ‘The effect of a flush supplement between weaning and mating on the reproductive performance of sows’ in Mexico.

1010      Coffee

Digestibility of pig feeds

Prof Layi Adeola
Professor of Animal Science at Purdue University, USA
Dr Adeola received a degree in animal science from the University of Ife, Nigeria, followed by a master’s and PhD from the University of Guelph, Canada. In 1991 he accepted a faculty position in the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. His research program emphasises nutrient and energy utilization by nonruminant animals with the objective of developing strategies to enhance production efficiency, better health, and sound environmental stewardship. He has developed research programs to investigate ways to promote efficient utilization and minimize excretion of dietary nutrients.

Feed intake and performance of sows in the tropics

Prof Julian Wiseman

Professor of Animal Production, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Prof Wiseman has been, since 2003, Professor of Animal Production, Division of Animal Sciences, University of Nottingham School of Biosciences. His research interests include nutritional evaluation of materials for inclusion into diets for non-ruminant farm livestock, animal responses to nutrients, environmental impact of farm animals, carcass quality and nutrition: reproduction interactions. His publication record comprises 85 Refereed papers in international science journals, 37 book chapters, three books written, 41 books edited.

1150      Panel

1220      Lunch


The impact on production of EU legislation on zinc oxide and anitibiotic growth promotants

Ruud Huibers
Head of Regulatory Affairs, EW Nutrition GmbH, Germany
Mr Huibers has a master’s degree from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands, with an interdisciplinary background between chemistry and European law. His career started with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture where he became head of the Dutch delegation on animal nutrition dealing with all EU/EC standing and scientific committee and council meetings. After ten years he left government and became a regulatory consultant. Mr Huibers joined the feed industry with EW Nutrition in January 2014, working now on the same policy table from the third perspective.

Using alternative feed materials
Prof Julian Wiseman
Professor of Animal Production, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

The use of trace elements, in particular copper in pigs diets

Dr Paul Bikker

Senior Researcher, Wageningen University, Netherlands
Dr Bikker has 25 years of experience in scientific and applied research in the nutrition of pigs and consultancy for the feed industry. His main areas of interest and expertise include the requirements and metabolism of amino acids, minerals (calcium and phosphorus) and trace elements (copper and zinc) in pigs. The research includes the evaluation of (novel) feed ingredients for use in animal diets and the effect of feed processing on nutritive value (energy, protein), and validation of criteria reflecting protein quality.

1500    Coffee

ZnO – a successful additive that must be replaced

Dr Fellipe Barbosa
Head of Technical – Swine Nutrition, EW Nutrition GmbH, Germany
Dr Barbosa completed his Ph D in Animal Science at the Federal University of Viçosa, UFV, Brazil, with a collaborative period in Kansas State University under Dr Mike D Tokach. His commercial experience includes having worked as a swine nutritionist, researcher and consultant, translating scientific knowledge into customer practice.


Feed barley as an alternative in pig diets

Dr Brenton Hosking

Technical Director, AMJ Feed Services, Australia
Dr Hosking is an agricultural science graduate of the University of Adelaide, Australia. He has worked in both the university and commercial research sectors including posts in the United Kingdom and Thailand and has also fifteen years’ experience in livestock feed manufacturing. He has experience with South East Asian livestock industries and currently consults to interests in the Tasmanian dairy and grain industries.


1630     Panel

1700    Conference close

* Please note that this program may be subject to change.