The 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress in Jeju, South Korea, revealed the latest program of activities aimed at transforming livestock production.
In tandem with IPVS and as part of its commitment to the advancement of knowledge in the livestock community, Bayer Animal Health held the 4th International Bayer Pig Symposium in Jeju on June 10, giving more than 200 veterinarians and swine producers from 19 countries access to the latest thinking on practical solutions to the problems raised by global changes. This was followed by a Satellite Symposium at the IPVS Congress with leading academic figures debating the future of swine production in a world of increasing consumption and decreasing natural resources.
Wolfgang Müller, head of Global Marketing Farm Animal Products at Bayer Animal Health said "We are acutely aware of the challenges facing the pig industry in the years to come: the need to deliver increased productivity in a cost-effective manner while preserving resources and protecting animal health and welfare are key issues. All parts of livestock community need to work together to meet these challenges. With these symposia and other events of their kind, we will continue to bring together local knowledge, science, innovation and global expertise to help the livestock community to survive and thrive in these challenging times."
Sharing local knowledge
The 4th International Bayer Pig Symposium, chaired by Dr Bent Nielsen, representative of the Swine Veterinary Association of Denmark, focused on sharing local knowledge to deliver practical guidance for swine producers and vets seeking to improve swine welfare and production now and for the future.
The Symposium was opened by Dr Kees Scheepens from FarmulaOne in the Netherlands, who took the audience through the basics of the new Pig Signals concept. Dr Joaquim Segalés from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain presented practical tips for designing swine vaccination programs that maximize results while minimizing costs.
Dr Kyoungjin Kim of the Pig and Health Vet Group in South Korea gave an update on the current state of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in South Korea, showing mortality rates in suckling pigs were up to 100%. According to Dr Kim, a new trend is being seen in PED infections in South Korea, with lower rates of mortality (20-30% versus 80-100%) appearing in suckling piglets in the 2011/12 winter season. However Dr Kim stressed that prevention is key to controlling PED, with those applying biosecurity concepts seeing reduced numbers of outbreaks.