March 2, 2017
VIV Asia 2017: Great conference choices for Asia's animal business leaders
Bangkok will stage a world-class series of specialist conferences in March, for visitors to the international feed to food event VIV Asia 2017 being held in Thailand's capital city.
Each conference programme is dedicated to a business sector served by VIV Asia and will take place either at the show venue or nearby at a city-centre hotel.
"We can really say that VIV Asia 2017 will have something for everyone from Asia involved in producing, processing and marketing animal proteins or pet nutrition products," comments VIV worldwide's conferences co-ordinator Diána Tóth. "All of our conferences will be dedicated to a specific part of the industry and will combine global expertise with a determination to be directly relevant to the Asian region."
The line-up of conferences occupies most of the week, from Tuesday to Saturday, 14th to 18th March 2017. VIV Asia 2017 itself has Wednesday-to-Friday dates of 15th to 17th March. The show is all about animal proteins for human consumption, from the particular perspective of markets across the Asia-Pacific region, but it also acknowledges an overlap between the feeding and healthcare of farm animals and that of domestic pets. Its conference agenda reveals the same range, offering focused meetings with expert speakers on poultry, pigs, dairying, aquaculture and pet health and nutrition.
All business leaders planning to attend VIV Asia 2017 should consider arriving in Bangkok at the start of the week, in order to participate in one or other of the top conferences arranged for Tuesday 14th March.
Take the example of the one-day technical conference to be hosted by the publication International Poultry Production at Bangkok's Doubletree by Hilton Sukhumvit hotel. Preparing for the coming era of production without antibiotics, this will discuss what Asian flock managers should know about immunosuppression in poultry, with presenters from the region as well as from Europe and the United States.
Also on the Tuesday, at the same location, International Hatchery Practice hosts a day of discussion about the details of biosecurity around incubation. Again it features an international array of speakers and runs for the full day, including lunch and ending with a panel session.
The same day finds two invitation-only conferences linked to animal protein segments designated by VIV Asia as Special features. Both conferences will be at the Novotel Sukhumvit 20 hotel in downtown Bangkok.
The first of these is the DairyTech Conference, a non-commercial programme discussing best practices of profitable milk production. Elements of dairy farm administration and diet optimizing are on the agenda arranged in association with Dairy Global, alongside remarks about biosecurity and sustainability.
Aquatic Conference 2017 similarly relates to a show Special and will be held on 14th March at the same location. The pre-show conference in English and Thai languages is being presented by VIV and International Aquafeed Magazine with Asian aquaculture talent development company Progressus. Thailand's governmental Department of Fisheries and the World Aquaculture Society are official partners of the meeting. Its non-commercial management focus will be issues of biosecurity, feed and water treatment in relation to health control at aquatic production sites.
Pet Health & Nutrition
Renewable energy and pet health and nutrition are among the Specials for conferences and seminars in Bangkok for the week of VIV Asia 2017. While the session on renewable energy will be held at the showground during the show, a theme of pet health and nutrition has become an umbrella for three connected events.
At the central Bangkok hotel called the Okura Prestige on Tuesday 14th March there will be PetsConnect Asia, arranged between VIV worldwide and pet industry publication PETS International primarily as a networking conference for Asian companies that are already active in pet foods or are planning to enter this business.
VIV Asia 2017 opens at the BITEC exhibitions complex on Wednesday 15th March and this first day will include a pet food manufacturing technology symposium at the same venue, before a Pet Health & Nutrition conference organized by VIV worldwide - again at BITEC - taking place Thursday 16th March. Completing the pets series is a post-show course on practical aspects of pet health and feeding, set for Bangkok on Saturday 18th March.
Focus events and partner conferences
At various meeting rooms organizers and exhibitors will host their own gatherings. During VIV Asia 2017 these facilities will be brought into use for focus events including partner conferences on poultry and pigs and some Chinese-language seminars specifically to inform invited visitors from China. As for the Chinese-language seminars, they form part of a Welcome China programme at VIV Asia 2017 in which VIP delegations from China visiting the show will have their own package of guided tours, information events and networking opportunities.
'Global Poultry Trends - focus on the South-East Asian Market' is the title of a one-hour programme at BITEC on the afternoon of Thursday 16th March, sponsored by WATT Global Media. This will have two presenters, one concentrating on broilers and the other on the layer industry. The conference is free of charge to VIV Asia visitors although pre-registration to attend is required.
'Helping your pigs perform to their potential' is a one-day BITEC conference hosted by International Pig Topics on Friday 17th March. Presentations will look particularly at aspects such as the selection of feed materials for gut health and actions for controlling or preventing key diseases.