By: Holly Fujan
On May 19th through the 22nd, 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the 28th Annual Alltech Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. While at the Symposium I had a chance to see what was going on throughout the pork industry not only in the United States, but also in other countries. There were more then 2,000 people who attended the Symposium from all around the world. The main topic of the Symposium was the concern with the growing world population. With the population growing at an incredible rate, Alltech believes that people and industries must explore new ideas in order to plan for the future. They went on to say that agriculture will play a tremendous role in shaping that future as producers are faced with the challenges of feeding the booming global population, which is expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, as well as dealing with diminishing resources and environmental concerns.
While at the Symposium, I also had the chance to attend many sessions which discussed various areas of the pork industry. Speakers from many different countries such as Australia, Chile, Ireland and France attended these sessions and discussed with us the research they had done on topics which included: The challenge of tackling PRRS, the optimal weaning weight for piglets, the concern of nutrition keeping up with genetic changes, and new advances in feeding sows to produce as many piglets as possible per year. The second night we were in Kentucky I even had the chance to eat dinner at the Kentucky Horse Park with one of the speakers from Ireland and discuss with him the pork industry where he is from.
The Symposium was an excellent experience for me. It really helped to better inform me of the issues within the pork industry outside of Nebraska. I really enjoyed getting to meet people from all around the world who were very knowledgeable on the industry, and also passionate about the work that they do. I think this will help me in the future if I would decide to pursue a career directly related to the pork industry after graduation.