Pig Health Conference

The Asian Pig Health Conference will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on 7-8 May 2018.

With increasing cost-price pressures, it is more important than ever to maximise the production of ‘full-value’ pigs. The two-day 2018 Asian Pig Health Conference will provide veterinarians and consultants with a holistic and practical approach to herd health and help identify opportunities to improve the health status and profitability of client herds.

The conference will feature:

  • 18 presentations – with much data presented in Asia for the first time.
  • World class speakers from as far afield as the USA and Europe.
  • Simultaneous Vietnamese and English slide shows plus simultaneous Vietnamese audio translation during the presentations.
  • A networking session on the first evening of the conference – refreshments and finger food – to allow delegates to meet and mix with colleagues and speakers.
  • Background papers available during the conference; actual presentations available for download straight after the conference.
  • Four chaired discussion forums to allow questions for speakers.

The themes of the 2018 Asian Pig Health Conference will be:

Minimising herd variation, minimising pathogens

Controlling pig bodyweight variation is a serious problem that is often overlooked until pigs are ready to go to market, and represents a significant cost and challenges associated with health management. With ‘all-in, all-out’ facilities, the economic impact of slower growing pigs is much greater and becomes obvious and ‘tail-end’ pigs become more difficult to manage. Therefore, management of variability has become an essential factor of successful pork production.

Minimising pathogens to improve the health status of the herd can improve uniformity. Recognising the causes of variation and some practical management strategies to reduce this variation to improve the profitability and efficiency of a pig enterprise will be considered.

Promoting health rather than treating disease

Poor herd health is a major contributor to variability. Traditionally veterinary services have consisted of diagnosing and treating diseases, however, pig veterinarians have a responsibility to prevent disease rather than waiting for pigs to get sick. Promoting health using management practices such as strict biosecurity and effect vaccination programs will also reduce the need to use antibiotics for treatment.

Dr John Carr is Program Director. A complete program will be published in December 2017.

For further information contact events@asian-agribiz.com