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The 5th Scientific Workshop “Pigs in scientific research, breeding and production”

The 5th Scientific Workshop entitled “Pigs in scientific research, breeding and production” was held in the National Research Institute of Animal Production in Balice on 14 October 2016. The workshop was attended by 147 people, among others the representatives of universities and research institutes, agricultural advisory centres, insemination companies as well as teachers and students from agricultural upper-secondary schools. The Director of the National Research Institute of Animal Production Prof. Eugeniusz Herbut, Ph.D. officially opened the conference and welcomed the guests.

During the workshop, seven papers were delivered which were presented by:

  1. Grzegorz Żak from the National Research Institute of Animal Production in Balice - Current level of the performance of active pig population in Poland against a background of the guidelines of the National Breeding Programme
  2. Agnieszka Korwin-Kossakowska from the Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Jastrzębiec - Genetically modified organisms in feeding animals and humans
  3. Wioletta Knapik from the University of Agriculture in Krakow - Innovative technologies for welfare-friendly herd management of pigs and for reducing the emission of greenhouse gases
  4. Jacek Jura from the National Research Institute of Animal Production in Balice - The use of pigs in biomedical research
  5. Karol Fijałkowski from the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin - Immunoprophylaxis - myths and facts on vaccinations
  6. Piotr Kołodziejczyk from the Polish Association of Pig Breeders and Producers "POLSUS" - African swine fever in Poland
  7. Magdalena Szyndler-Nędza from the National Research Institute of Animal Production in Balice - African swine fever - a threat for the Puławska breed

Arkadiusz Terman, Ph.D. from the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin and Grzegorz Żak, Ph.D. from the National Research Institute of Animal Production were the leaders of the conference. The workshop was an excellent occasion for the discussion on the subject matter of the presented papers. The participants took an active part in an opinion exchange particularly on the issues associated with health, prophylaxis and a threat for national pig breeding. The issues directly associated with humans, i.e. GMO in feeding and the use of transgenic pigs for human needs also generated a lot of interest.