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Sustainable swine production;

antibiotics - a necessity or a threat


June 13th-14th, 2023


Metropolo by Golden Tulip Hotel

(Orzechowa Str.11, Kraków, Poland)


400 PLN net

(492 PLN /w VAT inc.)

Dear Colleagues, Swine Disease Specialists and Employees of the Veterinary Inspection!

I have been wondering for a long time whether this year's hyopathological conference in Krakow should be marked as 4th (since we are meeting there for the fourth time), or as 27th edition. This is related to the fact that I have previously organized the 23 consecutive conferences of this type in Puławy (the first one took place in June 1996). I've been pondering this problem for a few days. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I should maintain some continuity and assume that this is de facto our 27th meeting. There are many arguments for this decision. One of them is the one that shows that most of the participants of the conference in Krakow had previously attended similar meetings in Puławy. With this in mind, I decided that one should respect tradition and not divide the history of the conference into two stages, but assume that people, not places, are the binder between the two conferences. The period of 27 years for hyopathology conferences is a time for the pig sector that is getting more and more difficult every year, posing more and more challenges for both pig producers and veterinarians. It is worth mentioning that in year 2000 we had over 700,000 pig farms in Poland, and in February 2023 we had only 56,000 of them. The national stock also decreased. In 2000, we had about 19,000,000 pigs in stock and in 2023 only about 8.9 million. The given figures show how much the labor market for veterinarians has shrunk and what existential problems they have to face. One thing has definitely changed. The level of professionalism of Polish hyopathologists has increased significantly. Unfortunately, due to the collapse in pig production, many good hyopathologists had to change the industry and start dealing with other animal species. I hope that the knowledge gained in the field of swine diseases is useful to them in their work with other species. I am honored and proud that the vast majority of specialists, even those who had to change their professional interests, constantly participate in meetings organized by me. Thank you for that. As in previous years, I invited scientists and practitioners from Poland and abroad who stand out with their practical knowledge to participate in the conference. For the first time, the POLPIG association will take part in the conference as a co-organizer. In my opinion, it is one of the few organizations that professionally approaches emerging problems and does everything possible to maintain pig production in our country. It seems that in difficult times, close cooperation between veterinarians and professionals in the field of pig farming is necessary. Also for this reason, we invited the chairman of a very important EU organization (COPA - COGECA), Antonio Tavares, to participate in the conference. I hope that it will bring the conference participants closer to the prospects for the pig sector in the EU. I invite all veterinarians involved in pig production to Krakow, I hope that your participation in our conference will be a driving force for further work, as well as an unforgettable meeting in the "old group" of swine disease specialists. Nothing would have happened in the scale and form to which we have become accustomed if it were not for the generous sponsors, whom I sincerely thank for their support. Wishing you all the best, I am waiting impatiently to meet you in Krakow. Meeting point, as before, the Congress Center of Metropolo Hotel.


prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Pejsak
Head of Committee

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dr hab. Kazimierz Tarasiuk, prof. URK
UCMW UJ-UR Director



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Conference Programme

1.06.2021  Wtorek

Tuesday, June 13th, 2023

8:00 – 9:00

9:00 – 9:15

Participant registration

Welcome of the conference guests –  UCMW President, dr hab. Kazimierz Tarasiuk, prof. URK

Opening ceremony – JM Rektor UR, dr hab. inż. Sylwester Tabor, prof. URK

Session 1

New approach to control of swine infectious diseases
Chairman: dr hab. Kazimierz Tarasiuk, prof. URK, Poland

9:15 – 10:00

10:00 – 10:45

10:45 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:00

Antonio Tavares (COPA-COGECA President, Brussels) - Views of COPA-COGECA on animal health, welfare and compartmentalization

Paulina Abramowicz (Warsaw, Poland) – Who can profit from the sustainable production of swine?



Official opening of the exhibition during the break - Polprowet President, Robert Kaszyński PhD and prof. Zygmunt Pejsak

Session 2

Unconventional ways of interacting on swine health
Chairman: prof. dr hab. Roman Kołacz (UMK Toruń, Poland)

12:00 – 12:30

Benedetta Tugnoli (Italy) – The biological rationale of organic acids and botanicals use in pigs. What determines their effectiveness?

12:30 – 13:00

13:00 – 13:30

13:30 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:15

Daniel Korniewicz (Kiszkowo, Poland) – Whether and to what extend feed immunomodulators can improve health of suckling piglets and weaners

Jordi Mora (Great Britain) - Disease control in nurseries


Lunch break

Session 3

Laboratory diagnosis - tool in the work of veterinary surgeon
Chairman: prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Woźniakowski (UMK Toruń, Poland)

15:15 – 15:45

15:45 – 16:15

Marian Porowski (Pobiedziska, Poland) – Laboratory diagnosis in my practice

Jarosław Szubstarski  (Otyń, Poland) – Practical aspects of autogenous vaccines use

16:15 – 16:45

16:45 – 17:00

17:00 – 18:15


Ines Spiekermeier (Germany) - Diagnostics and Immunoprophylaxis against  Porcine Influenza Virus A, subtype H1pdmN2


Discussion panel: Why we do not use laboratory diagnosis

Experts: Szymon Nowaczyk, Jarosław Szubstarski, Krzysztof Pająk, Jarosław Wojciechowski
Moderator: prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Pejsak (UCMW UJ-UR)

Gala dinner

1.06.2021  Wtorek

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023
Session 4

Organization and management - basic ways to control swine diseases
Chairman: dr hab. Zbigniew Arent (prof UCMW, Kraków, Poland)

8:30 – 9:00

Krzysztof Jażdżewski (GIW Warsaw, Poland) – Regionalization and compartmentalization tools to enable trade during epidemics of notifiable infectious diseases

9:00 – 9:30

9:30 – 10:00

Valentín Sevilla Martinez (Spain) – Weaning period for piglets - how we are dealing with this challenge in Spain these days

Rafał Niemyjski (Poznań, Poland) – Varied swine influenza clinical picture, important cause of diagnostic problems

10:00 – 10:30

10:30 – 11:00



Session 5

New tools in control of swine diseases
Chairman: Aleksander Dargiewicz (POLPIG)

11:00 – 11:30

Bogusław Zakrzewski (Gliwice, Poland) - Analysis of living environment, underestimated tool in diagnosis of health problems of pig herd.

11:30 – 12:15

Ferdynand Entenfellner (Austria) - Solving health challenges when limiting antibiotic usage on pig farms with wet feeding system

12.15 – 12.30

12:30 – 13:30

13:30 – 13:45


Discussion panel: Which makes easier, and what makes difficult cooperation of vets with swine producers

Experts: Marian Porowski, Karol Wierzchosławski, Janusz Wojtczak, Stanisław Niemyjski
Moderator: prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Pejsak

Conference summary - prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Pejsak

Charity Auction
The list of items up for auction will be updated on an ongoing basis before the Event.


Bożena Pejsak

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm, 2023.


Clay figurine

Bogusław Zakrzewski, veterinarian

The author of the figurine decided to go on a "time travel" and attempted an art piece inspired by the history and ceramics of ancient Mayas, during one of his tourist trips to Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
The figurine is made of baked bisque clay, measures approximately 30 cm, and is modelled on ancient Mesoamerica patterns.


Dometic Portable vaccine car fridge & a surprise

This year, the funds will be donated to the Oswoić Świat Foundation. The Foundation was established in June 2012. It aims to provide professional help to children and adults with autism or disabilities and to their families. The Foundation provides various forms of assistance, such as:

  1. Day Center for adults with autism

  2. Day Center for children and teenagers with mental health issues

  3. Two Respite Care units for caregivers

  4. Rehabilitation of children with autism or disabilities.

Currently, the Foundation helps about 150 people.

Platinum Sponsor



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Uniwersyteckie Centrum Medycyny Weterynaryjnej UJ-UR
Polskie Towarzystwo Nauk Weterynaryjnych, Sekcja fizjologii i patologii świń PTNW
Komitet Nauk Weterynaryjnych i Biologii Rozrodu PAN

Technical Organizer

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Media Patron

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Media Partner

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Conference location

Metropolo Hotel by Golden Tulip

(11 Orzechowa St, Cracow)

Due to a noticeable interest in the Event among participants from outside Kraków, we would like to recommend the Attendees the event exclusive offers from other local hotels. Please see the details below.

Note: The conference host is not responsible for the accommodation, including its pricing, deals or service quality.


Ruczaj Hotel

44 Ruczaj, 30-409 Cracow

tel. +48 12 269 10 00

Offer code: Specjaliści

single room with breakfast

240 PLN/night (VAT included)

double room with breakfast

 320 PLN/night (VAT included)

Price includes:

       free parking


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1D Sucha, 30-601 Cracow

tel. +48 533 398 847
+48 12 397 77 31

Offer code: Specjaliści

single room with breakfast

330 PLN/night (VAT included)

double room Standard

(1 queen-size bed) with breakfast – 380 PLN/night (VAT included)

double room Deluxe

(1 king-size bed or 2 single beds) with breakfast – 430 PLN/night (VAT included)


Hotel Merci Boutique

Siostry Faustyny 14, Łagiewniki,
30-608 Kraków
tel. 12 306 79 90

Offer code: Specjaliści

single room with breakfast

290 PLN/night (VAT included)

double room Deluxe

(1 king-size bed or 2 single beds) with breakfast – 340 PLN/night (VAT included)

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About Cracow

Cracow is a unique city – over a thousand years of history, the former capital of the country, the necropolis of Polish kings and as well as the cultural, educational, scientific and economic centre of the region.
Each year, it is a place that holds high positions in the rankings of European cities most beautiful and most visited by tourists. No surprise there! The rich history is visible here almost everywhere, and the artistic spirit is simply hovering over the streets of the Old Town. The same streets, that prominent aristocrats, clergypersons, writers and artists have strolled through for ages.



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Zbigniew Arent, PhD, URK prof.

Researcher and a professor at the University Center for Veterinary Medicine of the University of Agriculture in Krakow (URK). He is also the head of the Center for Experimental and Innovative Medicine, which is a research and scientific base for the field of veterinary medicine. At UCMW, he conducts classes as part of the following courses: infectious diseases of farm animals, as well as horses, dogs and cats. He devoted a large part of his research work to infectious diseases of animals, in particular epidemiology, diagnosis and combating animal leptospirosis. Before coming to Krakow, he worked for eight years at the Veterinary Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK (Veterinary Science Division being part of the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute - AFBI), where he joined the team led by a world-class animal leptospirosis expert, prof. William Ellis. This unit had the status of the reference laboratory of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Scientific achievements of prof. Arent consist of 48 original works and about 40 conference materials. He is the author of the chapter "Leptospirosis" in the textbook "Diseases of Swine" (Wiley, 2019), in which the authors of individual chapters are recognizable experts from around the world.

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Aleksander Dargiewicz

The President of the National Union of Employers and Pig Producers (POLPIG). He has over 30 years of experience in the pig industry (live production, biosecurity, processing, genetics, domestic and international market). A member of the Industry Agreement for Combating ASF, the Polish Chamber of Commerce and the #BedowcyRazem initiative, as well as an expert in a think tank for animal production. At the same time, it is involved in the work of government and parliamentary committees and cooperates with the Chief Veterinary Inspectorate. He is the author of numerous articles and market reports and a frequent speaker at conferences in Poland and abroad.


Roman Kołacz, prof. dr hab.

Graduate of the Veterinary Faculty of the Agricultural University in Wrocław. From graduation, he worked continuously until 2018 at the Agricultural University in Wrocław (currently the University of Life Sciences), gaining subsequent degrees and scientific titles. Currently, he works as a full professor at the Institute of Veterinary Medicine of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń in the Department of Public Health and Animal Welfare. He is a specialist in the fields of animal hygiene and welfare, and ecotoxicology. In 1998-2001 he was a representative of Poland in the Standing Committee for the Protection of Animals of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. He was an adviser to the Chief Veterinary Officer for Animal Welfare, and a member of the Sanitary and Epizootic Council as well as a member of the Health and Welfare Panel at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) from 2014-2020. He is a specialist in swine diseases. The scientific achievements of Professor R. Kołacz include a total of 385 publications, including 197 original creative works and review papers. In 2015, he received two Doctor Honoris Causa titles from the Lviv National University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology in Lviv and the National University of Life Sciences in Kiev.


Grzegorz Woźniakowski, prof. PhD

Graduated from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, and then postgraduate studies in the field of quality management in food production and analysis of critical control points (HACCP) at the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. In 2012, he defended his doctoral thesis at the National Veterinary Institute in Puławy, and three years later he obtained the title of habilitated doctor. In 2020 he was appointed professor. Currently, he is the Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and an Expert on ASF epidemiology at EFSA. For many years he was associated with the National Veterinary Institute, working first at the Department of Poultry Viral Diseases, and then at the Department of Pig Diseases. In the meantime, he managed two projects financed from the funds of the National Science Center (NCN), participated as a national leader in 4 international projects from the sources of the Horizon 2020 program, COST Action (SWINOSTCS, Vet-Twin, ICRAD). He cooperated with the International Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in the coordination of veterinary laboratories. He gave over 40 scientific lectures in Poland and in Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, China, Japan, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam. Several times in the years 2009-2019 he received the Award of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and in 2012 the Award of the Polish Center for Clinical Microbiology. Author of numerous scientific publications (86 reviewed), many times awarded with the Award of the Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences in 2009-2013.

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Stanisław Niemyjski, doktor

The President of the Management Board of CHOICE GENETICS POLSKA. Doctor of agricultural sciences, graduate of the Podlasie University in Siedlce and the ICAN Institute Strategic Leadership Academy™. Member of the audit committee of the National Association of Pig Employers and Producers. Since 1998, president of the management board of international companies in the field of swine genetics. Currently, the president of the board of Choice Genetics Polska, a producer of innovative pig genetics, as well as a supplier of comprehensive production solutions for pig producers, including breeding programs and consulting on the optimization of all processes on breeding farms.

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Szymon Nowaczyk, DVM, swine disease specialist

Completed medical and veterinary studies at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin and specialized studies in the field of swine diseases at PIW in Puławy. He worked in the eastern region as a production manager and veterinarian at Agri Plus. In the years 2016-2021 he cooperated with Goodvalley Polska. In 2016, he undertook to co-create a pig breeding program without the use of antibiotics. In 2018-2021, he coordinated the RWA (raised without antibiotics) program at GV Polska. Currently, he cooperates with several business entities related to pig breeding and with farms in Poland and abroad. He is a consultant of the veterinary laboratory Anicon Labor GMBH. His professional interests focus on immunology, diagnostic programs and the use of pre-, probiotic and phytobiotic substances in pig farming.

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Krzysztof Pająk, DVM, swine disease specialist

Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Agricultural University in Lublin in 1984. Initially, he worked in Silesia at the State Hospital for Animals in Ruptawa near Jastrzębie Zdrój, servicing small farms with mixed production, also accompanying animals and a herd of 100 dairy cows and 1000 sheep in a nearby State Agricultural Farm. In 1989, he started working at the newly opened Veterinary Clinic in Grabica (initially at the State Institution), and from 1991 he ran a private mixed practice with increasing emphasis on rapidly developing pig production. He completed his specialization in swine diseases in 2006. He mainly services fattening herds, but also several herds in a closed cycle. He also organizes training for pig breeders. He is a member of PTNW and AASV and - for many years - a passive and active participant in many scientific conferences in the country and abroad.

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Marian Porowski, DVM, swine disease specialist

Consultant in the field of prevention and treatment of swine diseases in Poland and abroad. Author of many specialist articles in Polish and foreign magazines on swine diseases; recognized lecturer specializing in Swine Diseases, speaker at many conferences and symposiums.

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Kazimierz Tarasiuk, dr hab, prof. URK

Graduated from veterinary studies at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Agricultural University in Lublin. Immediately after graduation, he started working at the Department of Pig Diseases of the Veterinary Institute in Puławy, where he worked for 15 years. His main scientific and research interests are diagnostics and specific immunoprophylaxis of bacterial diseases in pigs. It was a time of intensive professional and scientific development, culminating in obtaining a doctoral degree, and then a postdoctoral degree. The next stage in his professional career is over a dozen years of work at the Pig Improvement Company - a global genetic company dealing with improving the genetic potential of pigs. He was the veterinary manager in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. He is a specialist in the protection and health control of breeding and commercial herds of pigs. Since 2015, he has been working as a professor of the UCM at the University Center of Veterinary Medicine of the Jagiellonian University, and since 2016 he has been the Director of the UCMW UJ-UR in Krakow.

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Karol Wierzchosławski, DVM Eng.

Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn in 2006; in the same year he also obtained the title of engineer at the Faculty of Animal Bioengineering. In 2010 he obtained the title of Pig Diseases Specialist, and in 2016 he defended his doctoral thesis at the National Veterinary Institute in Puławy. In the years 2006-2009 he worked as a veterinary consultant in a feed company and a veterinary diagnostics laboratory. Since 2009, he has been running his own veterinary practice "Agrobiovet" in Gniezno. He specializes in servicing medium and large-scale pig farms - both in terms of veterinary and production. An active participant and speaker at many national and international hyopathology congresses.

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Jarosław Wojciechowski, PhD

Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Agriculture and Technology in Olsztyn, and then obtained the title of Specialist in Pig Diseases and Specialist in Animal Reproduction. In 2008, he defended his doctoral thesis in the field of epizootiology. At the same time, since 1990, he has been running a private veterinary practice. He is an active participant in many hyopathological conferences and symposiums.

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Janusz Wojtczak, PhD

Completed his master's studies at the University of Life Sciences in Poznań (currently the University of Life Sciences), in the meantime he took part in the Interuniversity Consortium for Agricultural and Related Science in Europe Program at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. In 2011, he defended his doctoral thesis at the Poznań University of Life Sciences. Since 1990, he has been running his own farm "Inter-Agri". He is also a co-founder of NEOROL, and in the years 1995-2004 he was the President of the Management Board there. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the Poznań University of Life Sciences, at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences in the Department of Animal Breeding and Evaluation of Raw Materials, and the project manager of the "Academy of Piglet Production".


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Paulina Abramowicz, PhD Eng.

Director of the Implementation Department in AdiFeed Ltd. Doctor of agricultural sciences of zootechnics. Graduate of Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Author of scientific and popular science publications, co-author of academic textbooks and specialist scripts for students of livestock and veterinary technicians. Professor at WULS, PAN (Polish Academy of Sciences), SWPS (University of Social Sciences and Humanities), Collegium Humanitatis. She implemented research grants and obtained their financing from EU funds. At AdiFeed, she is responsible for the policy of developing new products, including research on the effectiveness of phytogenic products in Polish and foreign research centers and independent research institutes, and their implementation in industrial farming of farm animals. Involved in the food production in accordance with the principles of antibiotics reduction and increased animal welfare.

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Jordi Mora Franques

Professional with more than 20 years of experience in the Technical, Commercial, Operations and Management Field of Pig Breeding. Graduated from the University of Aberdeen (MSc in Pig Production) in September 1993. Awarded the Pig Improvement Company Bursary Prize to the best student of the year. Since 2014, works for Eco Animal Health Ltd. as Global Technical Services Director. In charge of leading the Technical Service team and providing technical support to customers and distributors.

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Krzysztof Jażdżewski 

Krzysztof Jażdżewski is a graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, which he graduated in 1996. In the years 2004-2006 he was the Chief Veterinary Officer (GLW) of the Republic of Poland, and in the years 2006-2018 and from 2021 to the present he holds the position of the Deputy of the CVO. In 2019-2020, he was an animal health expert of the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH). Its competences include: protection of animal health, supervision over the veterinary protection of the borders of the Republic of Poland and supervision over veterinary laboratories. Currently, he is an EC expert under the EU VET Emergency Team initiative in the field of ASF and HPAI diseases and conducts classes for veterinarians under the EU BTSF program in Malaysia, PRC, Uzbekistan. He is the author of many publications and presentations in the field of combating infectious animal diseases.

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Daniel Korniewicz, prof. PhD

Professional career of dr Daniel Korniewicz, in the last 30 years, has been closely related to the production of fodder as well as breeding and rearing of pigs. Therefore, the conducted research topics result from the current needs of the feed industry and pig farms. The research results were published in scientific and popular science magazines, at the same time being the basis for optimization and improvement of formulas of mixtures and feed rations for pigs. They were also reflected in the recommendations developed by the Professor regarding the nutritional value and limit shares of feed materials in mixtures for pigs. These recommendations have been issued since 2006 and are of great interest to the feed industry and pig producers. The last 12th edition is from April 2022. Prof. Daniel Korniewicz is the author or co-author of 233 studies, including 74 original works published in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, the achievements include 31 publications in conference materials, 128 popular science articles and 9 implementation studies and one patent. The entire activity of prof. Daniel Korniewicz puts him among specialists - practitioners in the field of compound feed production and pig nutrition.

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Valentín Sevilla Martínez, DVM, MVSc.

Graduated in Veterinary Medicine in University of Murcia in 2003. Living the passion of swine production since he was a kid working in the family-own farm. 20 years of experience as practitioner in integrated swine production companies and with direct responsibility for breeding farms, nursery units and finishing , both integrated and owned. Over the last year being appointed as technical director in Porcisan leading a veterinary team of six veterinarians and accountable for a production over 630.000 pigs per year. Focused on optimizing production within the current situation of comprehensive sustainability.

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Rafał Niemyjski

In 2015 he graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Life Sciences in Wrocław. In 2020, he completed his specialization in the field of Pig Diseases at the State Veterinary Institute in Puławy. Professional career associated with Agri Plus from the beginning. From 2015 - Production Manager in the piglet and fattening sector. From 2017 - Veterinary Doctor on the parent farm of 5,000 sows. From 2018 - Key Veterinary Officer in the parent farm sector, as well as Production Manager on the parent farm of 3,500 sows producing F1 gilts. From 2022 - Production Director of Parent Farms in Western Poland.

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Jarosław Szubstarski, DVM

A graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine AR Lublin (2001). From the beginning of his professional career, he has been involved in laboratory diagnostics of diseases of cattle, poultry and pigs. Specialist in diseases of poultry and pigs. Auditor of the Polish Center for Accreditation. Co-owner and president of the board at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory INVAC Polska sp. z o.o. dealing with diagnostics and production of autogenic vaccines.

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Ines Spiekermeier, PhD

Certified Veterinary Specialist in Swine, B.A. Business Administration and Management. Current employed as Technical Service Manager (Diagnostics & Vaccines) for Swine and Ruminants at AniCon Labor GmbH. Studied veterinary medicine (2006-2012) and defended her doctorate in 2014. Previously employed at the Swine Health Service of the Chamber of Agriculture of Lower Saxony among others.

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Antonio Tavares, Chairman of COPA-COGECA

Member of the Working Group "Forecasts for the Pork Market" operating at the European Commission in Brussels. At the same time, he is the leader of the process of combating ASF in Portugal and the coordinator of several programs for the promotion of agri-food products both on internal and external EU markets. Speaker at many conferences and workshops and author of numerous articles on pig farming and European agriculture.

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Benedetta Tugnoli, PhD

Studied at the University of Bologna (Italy) where she received her Bachelor degree in Biotechnology in 2008 and her Master degree in Animal Biotechnology cum laude in 2010, major in animal nutrition. She defended her PhD in Veterinary Science in 2014 at the University of Bologna, title of the dissertation “Effects of different nutritional strategies on intestinal inflammation in pigs”. She was visiting scientist at the North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, USA (in 2012) and at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Poland (in 2013). In the period 2014-2016 she was Research Assistant at the University of Bologna and she was involved in projects on the relationship between diet, microflora, intestinal inflammation and productivity of livestock species such as pigs and poultry. She is co-author of 70 publications, of which 21 in peer-review journals, including Poultry Science, Animals, Microorganisms. Since 2016 she has been working for Vetagro S.p.A. (Reggio Emilia, Italy) in R&D unit, specialized in microbiology and development of products for monogastrics.

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