The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) debuted its first nutritional program focused on sow health on Feb. 13 in conjunction with the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Ga. The event, “High-Performance Sow – Rethinking Nutrition and Health Interactions,” brought together nearly 100 industry leaders to discuss everything from sow productivity to gut health.

“It is encouraging and rewarding to see such a strong interest in novel information on sow nutrition and health,” said Paul Davis, Ph.D., AFIA’s director of quality, animal food safety and education. “AFIA’s Nutrition Committee put together an outstanding scientific program with industry-leading speakers. We look forward to fostering more educational programs like today’s in future years.”

The program included four academicians who discussed a variety of topics, including: understanding sow health challenges in today’s production systems, high efficiency nutrition for maximal lifetime production, mycotoxins: a subtle catalyst of sow productivity challenges, and nutrition and the gut microbiome interaction on sow and progeny productivity.

IPPE is a collaboration of three shows – the International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and International Poultry Expo – representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The annual event is sponsored by AFIA, the North American Meat Institute and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.