Uniting the pig farming industry at Pigs Tomorrow 2023

Tuesday, 23 May 2023

Leicestershire recently hosted the highly anticipated Pigs Tomorrow conference, bringing together pig producers, experts and researchers for two remarkable days.

The event highlighted key challenges and explored innovation within the global pig farming industry.

The conference revolved around three crucial pillars:

  • Building consumer trust
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of pig farming
  • Engaging the next generation

Day one featured a global overview, diving into the supply chain with a focus on China, Spain, and Denmark.

Mark Spencer, Minister of State at Defra, set the tone with a recorded message, emphasising the conference's significance. Speakers shared cutting-edge research, sparking interactive discussions and contributing to a vibrant learning atmosphere.

Networking and relationship-building took centre stage as day one concluded with a gala dinner. Day two shifted the focus to consumer trends, marketing strategies, supply chain management, labour, and the future of the industry.

Renewed enthusiasm marked the start of day two, with engaging discussions on understanding consumer desires and effective communication.

The conference addressed staffing and retention challenges, emphasising the importance of a positive work environment and professional growth opportunities. Crisis communications management and government grants were also explored.

A standout moment was a panel discussion by passionate young producers (pictured), highlighting the industry's future.

Exhibitors proudly displayed innovative tools and equipment, showcasing the industry's commitment to sustainability.

Overall, attendees engaged with exhibitors and the conference proved to be a space for fostering knowledge-sharing and collaboration.