Innovation Conference 2015 - A glance into the future
What: Cutting edge technology to safeguard pig health
Who: A must for forward-thinking owners and farm managers, vets and allied industry
Date: Wednesday 13 May 2015
Location: Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
Meryl Ward, MBE, AHDB Pork,
Lincolnshire pig farmer Meryl Ward is an AHDB Board member as well as AHDB Pork Chairman. She and her husband Steve farm more than 2,000 acres in North Lincolnshire. The farm is split into two enterprises, the arable and indoor pig farm. Meryl was also a co-founder of the British Pig Industry Support Group (BPISG) and a selector for Nuffield Scholarships. She currently chairs the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network.
Jane King, CEO, AHDB,
Jane King is the former Editor and Editorial Director of the Farmers’ Weekly Group. During her time at Farmers Weekly, Jane oversaw a complete repositioning of the title, revitalising its products, developing new services and overseeing organisational change. As a senior executive at Reed Business Information (RBI) for over 30 years, Jane also has significant experience providing information and services to a range of industries as diverse as retail, health, social care, employment law and hospitality.
Charlie Purser, PureSpekt GmbH,
Charlie has 15 years of international radio-frequency identification (RFID) experience. He has been focusing on RFID-UHF technology in close collaboration with the pig industry since 2009. Charlie is author of 'Tracking pork with RFID-UHF ear tags‘ (International Journal for meat production, processing and research) and has led extensive RFID workshops and training events for the pig industry. He holds a BSc (Hons) and PG Dip in Psychology.
Richard Riley, JSR Genetics Ltd,
Richard grew up on his family’s pig unit in Skipsea, East Yorkshire and began his career with JSR Farms in 2011 as a trainee manager. Richard was assistant manager on a 600-sow indoor unit which converted from weekly production to 5-week batch production. He then became assistant manager on an 1,800-sow indoor unit before taking over as Technology Transfer Specialist in the genetics team in December 2014. Richard is responsible for managing the communication of data, both upstream and downstream from the Research and Genetics department to the customer and the sales team.
Katrina O’Kane, Morrisons,
Katrina has been a livestock buyer for five years. She is from a farming background, so has been involved with cattle, sheep and pigs all her life. Katrina holds a degree in Agriculture and in 2012 was crowned National Stockperson of the year.
Neil currently heads the detection and surveillance technologies team at the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA). He has a background in plant virology and molecular biology and in recent years has focused on the application of post-genomic applications to provide applied solutions to detection, identification and diagnosis of plant diseases. Neil has authored more than 90 journal papers and is an editor for the Journal of Virological Methods and a special associate Professor at the University of Nottingham.
Alison started her career in plant sciences at the National Vegetable Research Station in the late 1980s. There, she developed a keen interest in the development and application of diagnostic assays to monitor microbial plant disease incidence. Alison’s current position at the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit is to promote the department within the commercial sector and to identify and develop areas of commercial research, product testing and business development. In doing this she has applied diagnostic processes developed for the horticultural industry to a clinical setting. Alison’s recent work has focused on developing sampling processes and diagnostic tests to monitor both air and soil-borne transmissible disease. Information on disease has been incorporated with mathematical based models to predict disease potential. During her presentation, Alison will describe a number of these and explore whether a similar approach could be applied in animal production systems.
Martha has a BSc in Biology, an MSc in Biodiversity and a PhD in Molecular Ecology. She spent six years conducting Post-doctoral research at the University of Warwick and in Scripps, San Diego. In 2007, Martha was appointed as a lecturer at Leicester, in 2011 a Reader and in 2015 she was promoted to Professor in Microbiology. Her research focuses on phages that infect bacterial pathogens of medical relevance and she has published 41 papers in this area. Martha’s major focus has been on Clostridium difficile, where she has isolated a large phage collection. In vitro and in vivo data has shown that the viruses have therapeutic potential. Martha has filed a patent on these phages and she is working with AmpliPhi to develop a product. She has had regular contact with the BBC and other media to talk about her work and other phage projects and has consulted to the London Science Museum and Eden Project to advise on bacteriophage displays.
Bent is the Technical Manager at ChemVet dk A/S. He is a biologist with more than 20 years of experience with product development and registration in probiotics and vaccines. Bent is Head of special feed product development and also Head of quality assurance at ChemVet dk A/S.
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- PDF - Using technology - Andrew Sankey
- PDF - Precision farming - Harry Heath
- PDF - Current use of precision farming - Simon Lague
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- Video - Application of biologically relevant lighting in animal husbandry - Paul West
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