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The European Commission is organising a three day meeting from 28 to 30 November 2017, sharing valuable insights from top EU experts on how to rear pigs with intact tails and thus improve their welfare.

The meeting, which will take place at the Commission's Health and Food audit and analysis Directorate in Ireland, will be available via web streaming (see web-links below).

The topics presented are especially of interest for industry stakeholders, authorities in EU Member States, researchers, and NGOs interested in the welfare of pigs, as they focus on the practicalities of rearing pigs with intact tails and how to assess and manage the risk factors relating to tail-biting.

The group of expert speakers include pig farmers and industry representative organisations, EU Member State competent authorities, research bodies, NGOs and EU institutions.  Case studies will facilitate the exchange of good practice and discussions will focus on better solutions for the future. The work of the EU GroupHouseNet research project will also be presented at this meeting.

A more detailed agenda will be uploaded once all speakers have been confirmed.

Please note that proceedings from this meeting, apart from table discussions, will be broadcast live and can be followed by logging in to the following links:

 


Agenda

  • 14.00 - 17.30 (Europe/Luxembourg)

    Tuesday 28th Nov

    14:00 
    Welcome and Logistics 
    D Maguire

    14:05 
    Opening Address 
    A Ramirez

    14:10 
    Objectives Expectations Dir. F:
    Update on COM Work Plan/Project pigs 
    T CassidyD Maguire

    14:35 
    Protocols for risk assessment - toolboxes for tailbiting SchwIP 
    S Dippel

    14:55 
    Progress report on Farm Risk Assessment protocols (NL) 
    J Van Diepen

    15:15 
    Discussions 
    Plenary

    16:00 
    Coffee break

    16:30 
    Rearing pigs with intact tails in EU (DE) - assessing and addressing risks 
    J Van Bebber

    Rearing pigs with intact tails in EU (DE) - assessing and addressing risks 
    FW Temme

    17:30 
    Discussion

    18:00 
    Close of day 1 – Bus to Knightsbrook Hotel

    Wednesday 29th Nov

    8:30 
    Bus from Knightsbrook Hotel

    9:00 
    COST action (GroupHouseNet) getting research to farmers/industry 
    A Janczak

    09:20 
    Educational Materials for farmers/videos/brochures 
    D Simonin

    09:40 
    Rearing pigs with intact tails in EU (SE)- assessing and addressing risks 
    M Espert

    10:15 
    Discussion 
    Plenary

    10:30 
    Coffee break 

    11:00 
    Rearing pigs with intact tails in EU (IT)- assessing and addressing risks 
    D Castellucci

    11:20 
    Rearing pigs with intact tails in EU (FI)- assessing and addressing risks 
    T Antikainen

    11:50 
    TBC 

    12:20 
    Discussion 
    Plenary

    13:00 
    Lunch 

    14:00 
    Danish Government Animal Welfare Label and other factors, which could reduce tail biting 
    B Broberg

    14:30 
    Rearing pigs with intact tails in EU (DK)- assessing and addressing risks 
    N Aage Arve

    15:00 
    Industry actions to reduce tail-biting and prevent routine tail-docking of pigs 
    M HigueraM Åberg

    15:40 
    Coffee break 

    16:10 
    MS CA Initiatives on Farm (ES) 
    P Leon

    16:30 
    National Plan on Tail Docking (FR) 
    F Laloy/R Huet

    16:50 
    Discussion 
    Plenary

    17:20 
    Open plenary/Webinar questions to speakers/delegates 

    17:45 
    Close of day 2 – Bus to Knightsbrook Hotel 

    Thursday 30th Nov

    08:30 
    Bus from Knightsbrook Hotel 

    09:00 
    Veterinary survey on low stress pig production-rearing pigs with intact tails-certification FVE 
    N de Byrne

    09:20 
    DG AGRI funding possibilities for structural funds for MS 
    A Luetteken

    09:50 
    Funding strategies to promote the rearing of pigs with intact tails 
    A Berentsen

    10:10 
    Discussion 
    Plenary

    10:30 
    Coffee break 

    11:00 
    Industry perspectives on developing and implementing a Quality Assurance/marketing/retailer scheme for rearing pigs with intact 
    RSPCA UK

    11:20 
    Preliminary feedback from Dir F Audits 2017 
    D Maguire

    11:35 
    TBC 

    12:30 
    Lunch 

    13:30 
    Feedback 
    Dir F/MS/Plenary

    14:00 
    Conclusions and future actions 
    P Colombo, Director

    15:00 
    Departure of bus for airport / Departure of bus to hotel 

    17:30 
    Departure of bus for Dublin 

    * Please note that proceedings from this meeting will be broadcast live on the Internet.

Practical information

When
28 November 2017, 9.00 - 30 November 2017, 18.00 (GMT)
Where
Ireland