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Pork: Is it the Other White Meat?

The pig industry has the ability to navigate future consumer demands and take strides toward increasing its supply, but how exactly does the roadmap look? How will pork REBEL and stand out as a fresh, healthy and innovative food product for years to come? What barriers are we going to need to break in order to keep pigs in the game? How do we plan for tomorrow when today continues to present challenges? At the 2015 Pork Symposia, attendees addressed these questions and much more.


Monday, 2015

Here's what you missed:

A World of REBELation. A world of incredible opportunity – Building a two billion-dollar business.

Dr. Pearse Lyons - President and Founder of Alltech

Leadership Lessons: Taking Charge. From military leader to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State, Powell has demonstrated that a leader is more than just his or her title. Powell illustrates for audiences precisely what it takes to be a leader, providing strategies for “taking charge” during times of great change and crisis: how to remain focused, take responsibility and work toward improving processes, organizations and people.

General Colin Powell - Former United States Secretary of State

Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies. Stengel will speak about his landmark 10-year growth study involving 50,000 brands for his book “Grow”. Stengel is the former global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble and was recognized for four years by Advertising Age as the number one “Power Player” in marketing. 

Jim Stengel

Putting science to the test.  Embracing Science.  Being a rebel.  But not the science we necessarily hear about in the Journal of Animal Science, but the science we hear about in the everyday journal of life science.  Connecting the dots.  Linking profitability with full value pigs.

Dr. Dean Boyd - The Hanor Company

The rapidly consolidating animal protein market.  I travel the world from Brazil to Thailand, from China to France, and this is what I see: it’s a rapidly consolidating protein market.  We can help.  We can thrive.  So can you, but only if you grasp the opportunity of a lifetime in the lifetime of the opportunity.  It is here, and it is here now.

Osler Desouzart - OD Consulting, Market Planning & Strategy

Big data.  Pork, it’s a biological system.  Can we predict the future? Big data may be the key to opening the door to future opportunities. But is that enough? How do we analyze so much information? Do we care? 

Brent Frederick - Christensen Family Farms

Break the sow barrier: be a Danish rebel.  Get 33, 38, or 40 pigs per sow.  Why not?  Others have done it, so why not you?  Why accept the status quo of pigs per sow in some countries, when Denmark can get 36?  Let’s learn from the modern day Vikings, the Vikings of production, the Danes.

Hans Aarestrup - Association of Danish Pig Producers

Tuesday, 2015

Here's what you missed:

What is the Hatfield Story? Is it part of a much bigger story? It’s not just about building a protein brand. It’s meeting the demands of consumers while adding value to the industry. It’s mapping out antibiotic-free production. It’s a story we can learn from. Let’s take the holistic approach.

Doug Clemens - Clemens Family Corporation

The other white meat.  Why has poultry bypassed pork in the US?  What’s the matter?  What have we done?  What did the rebels on the poultry side do that we can learn from on the pork side?  What about China where pork is still the number one meat and is most preferred?  What an opportunity!

Mick Sloyan - Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Viruses, viruses: PEDv.  If it’s not PEDv, it’s PRRS.  Why do we constantly have viral problems?  Millions of pigs, yet no rebellion against the status quo.  Is it a status quo?  Could nutrition help?  Let’s step back, and let’s start again.  Do we need to rethink our whole pork education?

Dr. Jim Pettigrew - University of Illinois

Taking the leap: what’s next in the genetic evolution?  Where are we going?  Why are we being left behind by the other meats?   What do genetics tell us?  How do we manage large litter sizes without compromising the sow?  Does sow welfare play a role?  Come learn game-changing concepts.  Be a rebel.

Jerry Thompson - Genus Asia

Future-Proofing Your Business

Aidan Connolly - Alltech

Your People, Your Future: Making the right decisions for the talent within your business

Dr. Aoife Lyons - Alltech

Conscious Capitalism. The co-chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, Walter Robb joined the natural foods grocer in 1991, working his way from store team leader to co-CEO, a position he assumed in 2010. An ardent organic advocate, Robb will discuss the changing face of consumer choice.

Walter Robb - Whole Foods Market

Leading the Biological Revolution: How bioinformatics, cancer sequencing and personal genomics will transform longevity and quality of life

Raymond McCauley - Singularity University

A World of Opportunities for the ‘Rebel’ Within

Aidan Connolly - Alltech

Wednesday, 2015

Here's what you missed:

The Future of Food – From BRICS to MINT. The need for a multicultural perspective in the global marketplace.

Dr. Mark Lyons

Reviving your Competitive Advantage: How you can build and rebuild your advantage every year. Each year as coach of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, Coach Cal takes a new group of young college students and molds them into a cohesive team. When most of these young men will go on to huge salaries in the NBA, how does a coach transform the egos that come with the best of the best into a team who lives the motto “I am my brother’s keeper?” Apply lessons from one of the leading sports coaches to your organization: Build your competitiveness by applying to your organization lessons from one of the world’s leading athletics coaches.

John Calipari - Head Coach of 2012 NCAA National Basketball Champions

Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution. Lisa Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of futurethink, an innovative training firm that helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators. Discussing the lessons outlined in her bestseller “Kill the Company,” Bodell will challenge attendees to choose change to jumpstart their organizations.

Lisa Bodell - Founder and CEO of futurethink and Author, Kill the Company

Never Say Never. Look beyond the obvious. Never Say Never. Create your business one relationship at a time. Never Say Never. Find the extra mile and go there. Never Say Never. Learn how you too can build a two billion-dollar company if you empower your team, one person at a time.

Dr. Pearse Lyons - President and Founder of Alltech

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