USSEC recently organized a swine nutrition and management training course at the Universidad Polytechnica of Madrid (UPM) in Spain. A group of almost twenty customers from various Eastern European countries including Poland, Belarus, Czech Republic, Russia and Romania attended. Participants were comprised of technical professionals working at livestock integrators, feed compounders, swine nutrition advisors, feed additive merchandisers and feedstuffs quality control managers.
USSEC consultant and UPM professor Dr. Gonzalo Mateos organized this educational event and was one of a dozen lecturers involved in it. The speakers were all Spaniards and many of them combined European and U.S. education and commercial expertise. Half of the speakers represented universities and other research institutions and the other half worked for commercial companies operating locally in Spain, other EU countries, or globally.
The program and logistical arrangements were coordinated with three USSEC contractors working in Eastern European countries:Maria Domoroschenkova (Russian Federation), Iani Chihaia (Southeast Europe), and Jerzy Kosieradzki (Northeast Europe). Administrative support from Inspectia & Control, USSEC's administrative arm in Europe, and USSEC consultant Sule Basa in Turkey was also vital.
The seminar's agenda covered a wide scope of topics, from pig production and legislation (Dr. Enric Marco); feeding the various genetic lines and production groups of pigs (Dr. Domingo Carrion, Dr. Josep Gasa and Dr. Maria Angeles); nutrition, health and reproduction related matters (Dr. Carlos Pinero, Dr. Edgar Garcia, Dr. Enric Marco); through protein sources in pig diets and feed manufacturing (Dr. Juan Acedo-Rico, Dr. Carlos de Blas); and feedstuffs quality control and assurance programs (Dr. Pedro Mendel). Special highlights included interrelations among feeding programs, nutrition and pathology in pig production, presented by Dr. Edgar Garcia of Teagasc, Ireland, and optimal utilization of soy derived products in feeding of swine, mainly given by Dr. Mateos.
Participants expressed their appreciation of the many aspects of the project. "I am so grateful to USSEC and all the persons involved in putting the event together and running it, for having done such a great job. I can honestly state it was the most remarkable training program in my life. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to attend it. It was also fun to spend a few days at university classrooms some 15 years after my graduation!" stated Mr. Michal Karas of DeHeus feed compounder in the Czech Republic.