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VIV International Pork Production Summit to Address Key Pig Issues at 2014 IPPE

06 January 2014


US - The VIV International Pork Production Summit will bring together industry and academic representatives to review technical best practices related to pig health, farm management and feed and nutrition.

The VIV International Pork Production Summit will be held from 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday 29 January 2014, during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

From the pig health perspective, the programme will feature a round-table discussion on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) by Watt Global Media. Rafael Cabrera, director of technical services for Huvepharma, will present on 'The Impact of Supplementing Xylanase in Swine Diets on Apparent Total Tract Digestibility and Growth Performance' and Douglas Newcome, vice president of global technical services for the National Swine Registry, will present on the 'Use of Technology in Genetic Improvement Programs'.

From the farm management perspective, Sean Francy, product manager for Val-Co, will present on 'Swine Ventilation Management'. Dr Guido Klement, area sales manager for Pigtek, will present on 'Smart Technology on the Pig Farm', Simon Lague, business development manager for Fancom, will present on 'Quantifying Sustainability in Pork Production', Dermot J. Hayes, professor of economics, center for agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University for Reed Business, will present on 'Opportunities for pork exports to China and India', and Vincent ter Beek, editor of Pig Progress, will present on 'The Four P’s of Pig Production'.

From the feed and nutrition aspect, Ester Vinyeta, animal nutrition manager for Buhler, will present on 'High Feedstuff Costs: Improving Nutritional Value of Swine Diets by Processing Conditions'. Dr Carrie Walk, research manager for AB Vista, will present on 'Superdosing – Phytase Beyond Phosphorus Provision'.

A plenary closing session on the 'Challenges in the US Pork Sector' is also planned. James Kenwood, managing director and coverage banker for Rabobank International, will present on 'The Future Position of the US Pork Sector in a Global Perspective' and Ma Chuang, vice-secretary general for the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine and partner at Boyar Communication, will provide 'A Chinese Perspective'.

IPPE, the world's largest annual poultry, feed, and meat industry event, will be held from 28 to 30 January 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The VIV International Pork Production Summit agenda can be viewed at

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