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EPP Congress 2020 postponed to 2021

Due to global restrictions with regards to Corona Pandemic the EPP board decided after consideration of the current developments to postpone the EPP-Congress 2020. Health and concerns of our members and participants are important for us, therefore the board made this decision unanimously.

The annual event of the European Pig Producers club (EPP) was planned from 9 - 11 June 2020 in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands. Under the topic “Full Chances ahead” the EPP Dutch branch created an interesting program about using current challenges in order to find future chances.

The Congress now takes place under this topic beginning of June 2021 at the same location (definite date will be submitted soon). Members who have already registered for the Congress 2020 can keep their registration alive until next year for the same conditions. Participants who would like to cancel their registration are pleased to get in contact with the organizing team for further information and refund details.

EPP-Congress 9-11 June 2020: Full Chances Ahead

As it started to become a tradition, the 30-year anniversary congress will be held in 2020 in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands. The theme for the congress is 'FULL CHANCES AHEAD'. Where the 10-year jubilee will be held in Slagharen and the 20-year jubilee in Eindhoven. The new year also promises in bringing an interesting and inspiring seminar.

To help you get in the mood, watch the promotional film 'Congress 2020'

Changes ahead for European pig production

Once again, cross-border exchange between farmers and advisors was demonstrated at the annual meeting of European pig farmers in Landshut, Bavaria. Opportunities were offered by the presentations and discussion panels with scientists, advisors and farmers, which dealt with the current challenges and framework conditions and inspired the 350 participants to reflect and rethink. The presentations, which will also shortly be published on the EPP homepage, were ultimately concerned with visions for sustainable pig production in the light of changes in Europe. 

One of the conclusions drawn at the congress was that this change will have to be dealt with jointly. Each link in the value-adding chain has the task of communicating with others in the chain in order to remain competitive. This particularly applies to communication with consumers. 

Current factors influencing the markets are geopolitical in nature and include the spread of swine fever, the trade dispute between China and the USA or the forthcoming Brexit, for instance. However, changes in consumer behaviour will also continue to influence the production of animal protein in Europe. Innovation, technological progress and know-how leadership are strategic objectives which European pig farming has to pursue to compete successfully on the global market.

The farm visits made it clear that this can be accomplished with regional focus, etc. A total of 14 different farms in the Landshut region were visited and toured during the excursion programme. The farm managers prepared for the visits with great commitment and proudly granted the international guests an insight into their farms. Ultimately, the presentations, the farm visits and the personal discussions gave the participants some new ideas to take home with them.

The EPP congress is organised in a different country each year. The next annual meeting is scheduled to take place from June 9th to 11th 2020 in the Netherlands, where the 30th anniversary of the European Pig Producers will also be celebrated.

Please find presentations of the speakers here:

Banse: Brexit
Bittlmayer: Local Characteristics of Pig Production in Germany and Bavaria
Gade Nielsen: Leading Danish Crown through a transformation
Langenberg: Visions of a pig farmer
Mees: Towards more animal welfare
Schmitz: European Pig Meat Production
Tenhagen: Consumer fears

EPP president Gert van Beek opens the 29th EPP Congress in Landshut to 350 participants (source: EPP)

EPP-Congress 2018: A tail’s length ahead

The Swiss EPP Branch is proud to invite the European Pig Farmers to the first EPP-Congress in Switzerland. The gathering 2018 is scheduled 30th May – 1st June in Sursee, located in the beautiful surrounding of Luzern.

Under the topic “A tail’s length ahead” the Swiss organizing committee provides a lot of information about animal welfare, animal health and the special pork market in Switzerland. Interesting speeches, Industry visits and Farm tours guarantee a diversified program for the participants. The Congress takes place at Campus Sursee, a modern seminar centre with more than 500 hotel rooms. 
Registration to the Congress will start in January 2018. As in previous years the organizers offer all EPP-Members a special registration period from 1st January – 28th February 2018. From 1st March also non-Members are welcome to register for the Congress.