Face-to-face pig clubs are back

Monday, 26 September 2022

Join our face-to-face pig clubs, the first in what seems like a very long time, to find out how a high-health, nucleus pig herd keeps disease out.

The risk to the pig industry from exotic and emerging diseases such as African swine fever, porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) and swine dysentery is ever present, and while biosecurity isn’t exciting, it’s our best defence.

Join our pig clubs this autumn to find out how a high-health, nucleus pig herd keeps disease out.

This will include video footage from both indoor and outdoor units to show biosecurity options across different systems. While not everything will be applicable to your situation, there will be ideas that you can take back to implement on your own unit – be it indoor or outdoor – to help keep diseases, such as African swine fever (ASF) and porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED), out.

We’ll be looking at some of the resources available to help you keep disease out of your farm. Also, we will update you on the work we’re doing with the NPA to raise awareness of the importance of good biosecurity to both the pig industry and the wider public.

The meeting will, of course, also be a great opportunity to catch up with other pig producers in the region over a drink and meal.


  • Sebastian Casiro, Technical Services Manager UK, PIC
  • Lauren Dimmack, Senior Animal Health & Welfare Scientist, AHDB
  • Rebecca Veale, Senior Policy Adviser, NPA

Sebastian Casiro

Sebastian Casiro works alongside UK pig producers with one main goal: to enhance production in a sustainable way to make UK pig producers the most profitable producers.

He gained his veterinarian degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 2012 and an MSc in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Michigan State University.

Working on and with units in the UK and abroad, Sebastian has a wealth of experience in the pig sector. He started working with pigs in 2009 and has worked on both nucleus and commercial farms.

Sebastian is passionate about training farmers and farm staff, analysing data and trialing practical and novel methods and tools to enhance on-farm performance while reducing the cost and environmental impact.

For catering purposes and to make sure we don't have to cancel these meetings, please reserve your place via the links below. If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Loten.

Midlands pig club

Date: Tuesday 1 November

Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Crossroads Hotel, High Street, Weedon Bec NN7 4PX 

Register for the Midlands pig club

Exeter pig club

Date: Monday 7 November

Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Venue: The Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsy Hill Lane, Exeter EX1 3RN 

Register for the Exeter pig club

Somerset pig club

Date: Tuesday 8 November

Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Venue: The Thatched Cottage Inn, Shepton Mallet BA4 5QF

Register for the Somerset pig club

Cornwall pig club

Date: Monday 14 November

Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Kennards House, Launceston PL15 8QE

Register for the Cornwall pig club

Gloucester pig club

Date: Tuesday 15 November

Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Fromebridge Mill, Fromebridge Lane, Gloucester GL2 7PD

Register for the Gloucester pig club

Oxford pig club

Date: Monday 28 November

Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Shillingford Bridge Hotel, Shillingford Hill, Wallingford OX10 8LZ

Register for the Oxford pig club

Salisbury pig club

Date: Monday 5 December

Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Venue: Salisbury Rugby Football Club, Salisbury SP1 3SA 

Register for the Salisbury pig club
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Patrick Loten

Knowledge Exchange Manager (South and Central) - Pork

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