Alltech’s 10th Pig Solutions Seminar, held in Hannover, Germany, on November 12, focused on staying profitable in the face of high feed costs, increased government regulations and intensifying consumer demands.
Professor Denise Kelly with the Rowett Research Institute presented on the role of gut microbiota in gut health. Dr. Hans Stein of the University of Illinois focused on increasing efficiency in his presentation, specifically in relation to phosphorus. Nigel Penligton, BPEX Division, United Kingdom, discussed his Lifecycle Analysis tool that allows producers to measure the chosen environmental impacts of pig production and to model predicted change. Professor Michael Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy and the University of Minnesota, gave an overview of the steps needed to produce the pig of the future, covering noticeable trends in pork production that cannot be avoided. Dr. Kate Jacques of Alltech gave a presentation on the new frontiers in programmed nutrition, discussing the advent of DNA microarray methods in food animal research and how it is changing the future for animal nutrition.