The Irish Pig Health Society (IPHS) has announced that its annual symposium will be brought to farmers virtually in 2021.

Three webinars will take place across 5, 12 and 19 May.

IPHS president Dr Carla Gomes said the aim of this year’s virtual symposium series is to provide practical solutions for producers and industry stakeholders, so that Irish farmers can access tools to help them continue to thrive as the sector evolves.

The first webinar, to be held on 5 May, will hear Canadian veterinary expert and veterinary counsellor for the Canadian Pork Council Dr Egan Brockhoff discuss the global perspectives on African swine fever, as well as hearing from Agrihealth’s Ciaran Cunningham and Iain Mortimer, who will discuss biosecurity practices in poultry and pigs.

Best practice

In the second webinar, on 12 May, German pig consultant Mirjam Lechner will share best practices in managing inflammation, health and vices in pigs.

Attendees will also hear from director of Spanish pig farmers’ association (ANPROGAPOR) Miguel Higuera.


The final webinar on 19 May will discuss weaning in pigs with a panel of farmers, moderated by Teagasc's head of knowledge transfer, pig development department, Ciarán Carroll.

All three webinars will begin at 7pm each evening and run until 8.30pm.

Anyone interested can register for each of the webinars by visiting the IPHS website.