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The Belgian and Dutch Guilds of agricultural journalists (BVLJ and NVLJ), in conjunction with the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ) invite you to join the Innovative Pig Production Tour – taking place between May 17th and May 21st, 2014.

We hope to welcome you in the Netherlands and show you what Belgian and Dutch pig production is all about. What are the problems facing the production chain, and how are producers making the most of their opportunities? The Innovative Pig Production Tour will offer you ample opportunity to inform yourself – and your readers or listeners – about modern pig production, in Europe in general and in the Netherlands and Belgium specifically.

As the number of participants is limited, we invite you to send in your registration form as soon as possible.

Come and join us. We hope to see you in May!

 

Jacques Van Outryve, president of the Belgian guild
Jacqueline Wijbenga, president of the Dutch guild

and

Jef Verhaeren, chairman of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists

Programme

The Innovative Pig Production Tour will take place in the border area between Belgium and The Netherlands, one of Europe’s most productive regions for pig production. The tour will offer visits to pig farms, a feed mill and the new innovative Feed Design Lab, a facility that focuses on development of novel food and feed. Besides the practical aspects of modern pig production, we’ll discuss the use of antibiotics and innovative pig production from a European perspective.

In addition to this tour you will be invited to visit VIV Europe in Utrecht. This renowned international exhibition offers a broad perspective on  international innovative meat production, but with the main focus on pigs and poultry.

More details on the programme:

Saturday, May 17th

14.00
Arrival at hotel and registration

15.30
Visit to pig farm

19.00
Dinner

20.30
Antibiotics in pig production

 

Sunday, May 18th

8.00 – 9.30
Breakfast

10.00-13.00
Pig production in European perspective: a debate with key players in the field

13.00-14.00
Lunch

14.30-16.30
Visit to pig farm

19.00
Dinner

 

Monday, May 19th

7.00  – 8.00
Breakfast

8.30
Departure to FDL

9.30
Feed Design Lab, innovation centre for the Feed Industry in The Netherlands/Belgium/Germany: introduction and guided tour

12.30
Lunch

13.30
Departure to Agrifirm-Bonda in Veghel

14.00
Presentation and guided tour Bonda factory

16.30
Departure to Utrecht

18.00
Dinner

19.00
Opening conference VIV Europe

22.00
Departure to hotel in Soest

 

Tuesday, May 19th

10.00
Opening exhibition VIV Europe, Utrecht

12.00
Guided tour exhibition grounds

End of Dutch/Belgian Pig Production Tour program.

 

Those participants who want to prolong their stay in The Netherlands and Belgium after the organised Pig Production Tour are welcome to do so. This is not included in the tour arrangements.

Should you need any assistance with specific requests for interviews or company visits during the prolonged stay you are welcome to contact the Belgium or Dutch guilds. We will help you in every way we can to make your visit to our countries a worthwhile journalistic experience.

 

Price

Participants who register before March 21st are offered an early bird price*: €175 per person for a double room and €275 per person for a single room.

After March 15th prices will rise by €50 per person. Due to hotel reservation registrations entered after March 21st can’t be refunded.

*The price includes your accommodation, meals and transport during the tour. It doesn’t include travelling to and from The Netherlands and your personal expenses.

 

Registration

If you wish to take part in this Tour please complete the participation form and return this to siemesha@planet.nl as soon as possible.

The number of participants is limited.