EPP congress Landshut Duitsland 5 jun - 7/8 jun2019
EPP congress in Landshut, Duitsland
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.
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