From ongoing research that has improved the industry’s understanding of sow health and nutrition to advancements in technology, the feed industry has made great strides in recent years in improving sow performance. To showcase some of these advancements, the American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) Nutrition Committee has developed a new educational program, “The High-Performance Sow – Rethinking Nutrition and Health Interactions,” in conjunction with the 2019 International Production & Processing Expo, taking place Feb. 12-14 in Atlanta, Ga.

“This educational program provides a new opportunity to bring monogastric nutrition and management expertise together to discuss current research and best practices when it comes to managing sow health and nutrition,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal feed safety and education. “AFIA’s Nutrition Committee pulled together a terrific agenda with some of the leading researchers in pork production.”

The 2.5-hour program includes discussions on maximizing the lifetime production of sows through highly efficient feed; understanding the challenges that today’s production systems present to sow health; and how mycotoxins and the gut microbiome can impact the productivity of sows and their progeny.


The program will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The cost to register is $35 before Jan. 15, 2019, and $55 onsite. IPPE attendees can add the program to their show here.

AFIA is looking for sponsors for this new program. Companies can find sponsorship information in AFIA’s brochure.

Online registration for IPPE is open. Interested individuals are encouraged to register by Jan. 14 to receive the early-bird rate of $50. After that, the registration increases to $100.