USSEC recently held a seminar on swine diets in Warsaw, Poland. The event was originally planned to include only Polish customers, but key customers from Hungary and Czech Republic also participated, which contributed to a better spread effect of this cutting edge professional event.
The two-day seminar gathered specialists working in the feed industry and pig production integrations: nutritionists and technologists, feed mill managers, production managers, quality assurance managers, research and development specialists, nutritional advisors to farmers, and other professionals involved in swine production.
USSEC invited three Spanish experts as lecturers, who combined top scientific knowledge and commercial experience gathered in the leading European swine growing country of Spain and many other countries around the world, including the U.S.
Dr. Gonzalo G. Mateos, UPM, Madrid, spoke mainly on management and feeding strategies in piglets without antibiotics in feed and explaining protein-rich sources in swine nutrition with a focus on soybeans. U.S. soybeans, soybean meal, concentrates, and isolates were highlighted in his lectures.
Dr. Enric Marco, MarcoVet Grup, Barcelona, and Madrid Veterinary School, shared his expertise in nutrition-related health and production in pigs and how to deal without antibiotics in pork production in the EU. During the many breaks, Dr. Marco shared his knowledge on African swine fever, a current trouble in Poland, with the attendees.
Dr. Domingo Carrion, NutralSCA/Cargill-Spain, presented his management experience in antibiotic-free swine production, also explaining a very complex issue of hyper-prolific sows and the need for piglet support.
The Polish and northeast European industry members greatly appreciated the deep and unconventional training event offered to them by U.S. Soy. Some, like Mr. Botond Alpar of AgroFeed kft, Gyor, Hungary, took to a written format to express the usefulness of the training to him and his company.
Some key participants were already looking forward to gaining more knowledge from Dr. Marco, who is slated to be a keynote speaker at a major livestock, feed, and health conference organized by a Polish Vet Institute in June and from Dr. Gonzalo Mateos, who is scheduled for a series of in-company swine and soy nutrition consultations arranged by Jerzy W. Kosieradzki, USSEC, northeast Europe, in October.