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Dr. Danie Visser, Director at Juventis; Shaun Mockford, vice president, Pig Breeders Society of South Africa; De Wet Boshoff, AFMA executive
director; Prof. Esté van Marle-Köster, Head of the Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at
the University of Pretoria.
Pork production is a highly competitive business that requires attention to rapidly changing techniques. Closely tied to animal
production techniques is the name of Prof. ME Ensminger, agricultural research pioneer and author of the Stockman’s Handbook
and many others. For 50 years, his thinking and advice has provided food for thought to farmers across the globe through annual
22 May to 23 May 2019 has been set for the Ensminger Pig Symposium, which will be hosted for the first time on African soil at
the aha Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre in Benoni, East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. The event is expected to attract
approximately 250 producers, breeders, academia, feed manufacturers and other role-players who will be offered presentations
from seven well-respected, internationally known scientists.
Discussions will cover topics ranging from increasing sow longevity and reducing antibiotic feeding approaches, to modern
welfare techniques and gene and genomic selection. Participants will also learn more about the latest techniques for successful
male and female reproduction and the very important aspect of meat quality.
The symposium, organised by the Iowa State University is endorsed and supported by the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association
(AFMA) and the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO).
“Organising such an impactful event calls for a collective industry vision, active involvement and the support of role-players in
the broader pig industry,” says Dr. Danie Visser, director at Juventis (Pty) Ltd.
According to Prof. Max Rothschild, distinguished professor at Iowa State University, pork continues to be the red meat of choice
worldwide. Given the competitive nature of pork production, modernisation and utilisation of cutting edge technologies are
“We believe that by endorsing this event we are supporting an influential forum where the entire industry, and associated
industries along the value chain, can discuss pressing matters and exchange experiences,” says De Wet Boshoff, executive
director of AFMA.
“SAPPO views this conference as a great opportunity to provide our local market and key role- players with exposure to
international speakers. It also presents an unrivalled opportunity to acquire fundamental and applicable global knowledge
about pork production that can be used to enhance South Africa’s and Africa’s pork production industries,” says Johann Kotzé,
chief executive officer of SAPPO.
The symposium coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Pig Breeders Society of South Africa (PBS), which is an industry
highlight for all involved in the local and African pork industry, says PBS vice president Shaun Mockford.
The Ensminger Pig Symposium offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities that will match everyone’s budget. – Press release
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