Major Teagasc Pig Conference In Thurles

This year’s annual Pig Breeders conference to be held at the Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles on Tuesday 23rd October next, will feature a number of excellent presentations covering an array of topics with a focus on both the feed ingredient and meat markets.

With litter sizes on the increase, research from Teagasc Moorepark will address the nutritional requirements of lactating sows. Further Moorepark research will give a follow-up on previous work on carcass condemnations and some new work on Gilt Developer Diets.
Continuing to look at cost reductions, there will be a focus on what top pig producers do, what is your optimum herd size, and how to save on energy costs. There will also be an update on what’s happening in the Teagasc Pig Development Department at present.
All those involved in the sector are encourage to attend this conference, so as not to miss the opportunity to meet fellow producers and get the latest up to date industry information.

Teagasc Pig Conference

Guest Speakers will include:-

David Norris who will look at what’s driving the grain markets and what to look out for going forward.
Dave Norris is famous for his blog which look at “the grain markets from a different perspective.” UK based, he has worked in agriculture for over 30 years as a shipper, merchant, trader & broker. He specialises in market reports and commodity prices.

David Owens (Bord Bia) who will focus on the pig meat market and future prospects. David graduated from UCD in 2003 with a degree in Agricultural Science. He then completed a pHD in animal science and ruminant nutrition with Teagasc. He commenced working with Bord Bia in 2007 and spent a year as a business researcher in the Information Department where the main responsibility was the research and publication of the weekly Market Monitor. Since September 2008, he has worked in the Meat Department with responsibility for the pig meat and poultry sectors.

Other Conference Presentations:-
Teagasc update – Thurles born Ciaran Carroll (Head of Pig Development Department, Teagasc.)
How much feed do lactating sows need? – Peadar Lawlor.
Optimum herd size. – Michael McKeon.
Gilt diets to improve longevity & productivity –  Amy Quinn.
Improving pig welfare reduces carcass & financial losses – energy use on Irish pig farms –  Gerard McCutcheon.
Getting to better times – what top producers are doing –  Seamas Clarke.
Close of conference – Professor Gerry Boyle (Teagasc Director.)

Pre-registration for the conference is now open and may be made by contacting Róisín Condon (025-42330 or at Teagasc Moorepark or any member of the Teagasc Pig Development Department.

Dept. Contact Details:
Address: Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Tel: +353 (0) 25 42222, Fax: +353 (0) 25 42340, Email:,

Conference fee is €50 (€30 for additional attendees from the same unit.) Credit card facility available.

Further Information is also available from:- Ciarán Carroll, Head of Pig Development Department, Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork Tel. 025-42388 | Mob. 087-2462925 |


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