A panel of six international industry experts at a swine technical seminar called "Elevating Animal Performance and Health – Formula for the Future; Nutrition or Pathology?" presented their views and participated in question and answer sessions with the attendees. Some 115 people were in attendance and both attendees and presenters participated in confidential electronic surveys during the seminar. The event was held at Alltech’s European Bioscience Centre. Here's what the survey participants had to say about current swine industry issues and challenges in the EU. 

  • 39 percent said that the EU program to reduce Salmonella contamination in pig herds will not be achieved by most EU states. Another 10 percent said that the program would lead to unrealistic consumer expectations;
  • 64 percent responded that biofuels have had a negative impact on EU agriculture;
  • Nearly half of respondents believed that this year's melamine scares in China present an opportunity for EU producers to differentiate their products based on quality and safety;
  • 90 percent concurred that full traceability will become increasingly important for feed additive and feed suppliers within the European marketplace;
  • More than 50 percent believed that trace mineral and energy regulations will pose the biggest challenge to pig production in the future.

Vice-President, Alltech Europe, Marc Larousse said: “Alltech’s annual technical seminar series unites both nutritional and veterinarian experts. The series offers an ideal opportunity to share ideas on the future of our industry, as illustrated by the findings of this opinion poll.”

Respondents included professionals such as, nutritionists, veterinarians and other industry experts, representing both Europe and North America.

Source: Alltech