Indicative Program
Monday 13th November Industry Workshops


AC Dunkin Memorial Lecture


Welcome Reception


Post Welcome Reception Drinks


Tuesday 14th November Conference Program


Conference Dinner


Wednesday 15th November Conference Program


Networking Function


Thursday 16th November Conference Program


Awards & Close


The conference program is available here. Please note that it may be subject to change as we finalise conference planning.

Industry Workshops

We thank our 2023 Sponsors and invite all delegates to attend the workshop series on the afternoon of Monday 13th November. Register your attendance at conference registration or email KAM Events.

11.30am-12.00pm Lunch
12.00pm-1.00pm DSM – Gilt Preparation: Building a Sustainable Foundation for the Modern Herd

Whilst the breeding herd is the “engine room” of our production herds, the gilts entering our herds are the “equipment upgrade and pre-emptive spare parts” that keep us meeting our critical mating targets and forward genetic progress. However, around the world the replacement rates of our sows are steadily increasing. This is at a time when we need long lived sows to maximize productivity of the herd and reduce the cost and resource wastage of early exits. Having well prepared gilts, with great structural soundness will improve our gilt selection rates, improve genetic gain by having a choice from a higher quality pool, and result in the best chance of that sought after long-lived sow. Join our seminar with DSM Global Scientist Dr Ursula McCormack, and renowned swine nutrition academic Dr Hans Stein, to discuss the latest research on Mycotoxin inhibition of bone growth; Optimum Vitamin D levels for mineral deposition; and nutritional efficiencies and critical factors to manage. Join with us as we work towards preparing the best possible gilt as the sustainable foundation for our modern herds.

1.10pm-2.10pm AusPac Ingredients – Quantum Blue: Latest Applications and Current Research Optimising Utilisation of Dietary Fibre for Improved Production and Performance

The proper characterisation of fibre is fundamental to understanding the role of fibre in monogastric nutrition. It is discussed that the standard QC parameters like crude fibre (CF), acid detergent fibre (ADF), and neutral detergent fibre (NDF) does represent only part of the total dietary fibre (DF). In addition to the characterisation based on the constituent sugars, a clear identification of the structural features, including degree of polymerisation (DP) and substitution of NSP’s, is needed before the precise nutritional and physiological role of dietary fibre is defined. DF represents the fraction of diet that cannot be digested by the enzymes produced by the host digestive system. The breakdown of DF in the gut would be a result of the NSP degrading enzymes provided in the diet (exogenous) or those produced by the microbiota residing in the distal gut. Even without foreign aid i.e., exogenous NSP enzymes, a considerable degradation of DF takes place in the digestive tract of pigs and, to a lesser extent, in poultry, highlighting the important role played by the enzymes produced by gut microbiota. Addition of the endo-xylanase enzymes augment this basal capacity, both directly by reducing the chain-length, and indirectly by increasing capacity of the hindgut to further process these reduced-DP fractions. Optimisation of DF utilisation leads to improvements in nutrient uptake, technical performance, and gut-health of the host animal. Theoretical and quantitative basis of the value of the ‘optimised’ DF are discussed.

2.10pm-2.30pm Afternoon tea
2.30pm-3.30pm Kemin – Building Swine Intestinal Tract Resilience with a Multi-Strain Probiotic

Due to consumer and regulatory demand, pork producers are actively working to reduce routine antibiotic use in their operations. Meeting the demand for efficient production without jeopardising animal intestinal health and wellbeing is the balance that producers are striving for with alternative management approaches and solutions. In this workshop we will discuss Intestinal Health Resilience and the mechanisms at play in the animal and its environment for a better future.

Dr. Apichaya Taechavasonyoo | Product Manager | Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health, Asia Pacific
Stuart Court | Technical Services Manager | Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health, Asia Pacific

3.40pm-4.40pm Phytobiotics – Less Stress, Improved Immunity, Healthier Pigs and Happier People

Inflammation has many effects on our pigs, often brought on by various stresses. Since 2000, Phytobiotics have invested in understanding the impact that stress has on animals and strategies to reduce the cost. Dr Francesca Blasco, Global Head of R&D at Phytobiotics, will present their last research and then open to a Q&A panel with Dr Jeremy Cotrell. Please join us for an interactive workshop on inflammation!