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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.


24 January 2020: Happy Birthday, EPP!

It was January 24, 1990 in Denmark when a group of international pig farmers founded the European Pig Producers Club on the initiative of DLG during an agricultural fair in Herning.

Four presidents in 30 years

The network, founded in 1990 with 25 members from 5 countries, has developed into an independent organization with over 600 members from more than 20 countries and 11 national branches.

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Current Challenges for livestock farming and animal nutrition

EPP Vice President Taru Antikainen (Finland) participated in the Feed Additives Congress 25th and 26th September 2019 in Amsterdam and was part of a panel discussion about the present challenges in livestock and aqua production. The challenges in all areas of meat production seems to be the same…

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New EPP Branch South Africa founded!

EPP continues to grow and is now present also in the African continent! 
President Gert van Beek officially welcomes 10 new EPP-Members during the yearly sappo/AGM conference in South Africa as guest speaker.

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Taru Antikainen from Finland new EPP vice president

Finland's Taru Antikainen was elected as the new EPP vice president by members at the general meeting of the European Pig Producers (EPP) e.V. on June 7th 2019 in Landshut. She therefore succeeds the chairman of the German EPP Group, Jürgen Winkelmann, who no longer ran for a further term in office last year.

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Pig Farming in Europe: Learning from each other!

For the first time in the almost 30-year history of the association, the Managing Board of the European Pig Producers (EPP) e.V. met from 13-15 March 2018 in Finland. In addition to working through the agenda, a visit to a pig farm and a large slaughterhouse and consulting company were scheduled.

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EPP consolidates network in South Africa

The inaugural appearance of representatives from the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) at the 2018 EPP Congress in Switzerland recently prompted a three-day reciprocal visit by the EPP to the Johannesburg / Praetoria region.

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Former EPP-President Erik Thijssen awarded by DLG!

During this year’s Cattle & Pig Event at EuroTier 2018 our former president Erik Thijssen was honored by DLG president Hubertus Paetow. For his “candid, communicative and selfless nature” Erik Thijssen was awarded with the DLG silver medal for international relationship. Over his nine years of presidency countries like Ireland, Finland and Switzerland joined EPP alongside 80 new members. To Paetow, this indicates the success of Thijssen’s work.

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ASF: One minute before 12 o’ clock!

As EPP / Pig farmers we are already involved since the first outbreak years ago. Till last week it enters our nearby region it seems the rest of world is awakening. This could help us to control the challenge, and we should take that opportunity with both hands.
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Gert van Beek elected as new EPP President

At the General Assembly of the European Pig Producers (EPP) e.V. in Sursee (Switzerland) on 1 June 2018, the members elected Gert van Beek (51) from the Netherlands as their new President. He won the election in a secret ballot ahead of his fellow candidate Hugh McReynolds (56) from Ireland and thus succeeds Erik Thijssen, who had headed the Club for the last nine years.

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Pig rearing in the US: “Europe is 10 years ahead of us!”

During a week-long study trip from 17 – 24 September 2017 to the Midwest, 32 members of the EPP gained some interesting insights into pig production in the US. The group visited farms in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin to share information and experiences with famers in these regions.

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