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Committee meets to select winner of the 4th Janssen Animal Health Pig Management Award

On June 12, the Deliberation Committee, invited by Janssen Animal Health came together in Brussels, Belgium to select the winner of the 4th Pig Management Award. This award will be presented at the upcoming IPVS conference in July.

To guarantee an objective and thorough evaluation, Janssen Animal Health always invites a group of internationally recognised scientists with different fields of expertise in pig health science for this award.
 
This year's committee consisted of:
  • Dr Jill Thomson from the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh, UK,
  • Dr Bob Friendship from the University of Guelph, Canada and co-chair for the scientific committee at the IPVS,
  • Prof Leo van Leengoed from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands,
  • Prof Dominiek Maes from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ghent, Belgium, 
  • Dr Adreas Palzer, a German swine specialist,
  • Prof Arlette Laval from the National Veterinary School of Nantes, France,
  • Prof Martin Wähner from the Bernburg University in Germany,
  • Dr Jan Jourquin, International Technical Service Manager at Janssen Animal Health. 
Their task was to select the best paper, being the most innovative and having the most value for the international pig industry as a whole.
 
Selection procedure
Of the 265 papers that are selected for oral presentation at the IPVS congress, only papers with a clear management subject and not product related were pre-selected by the IPVS scientific committee.
 
The 40 pre-selected papers were screened by the committee according the following criteria:
  • Is the information new and relevant for the international pig sector?
  • Is the emphasis on control strategies?
  • Does the research paper have any practical benefits for the veterinarian?
  • Do the study results in the paper increase the economic benefit for the farmer?
Besides these criteria the papers were also scored for their scientific and practical value and judged for the way it was presented as a paper.
 
Not an easy task
After discussing the pros and cons of all papers, five papers caught the common interest. The jury considered this final selection as being innovative and of real practical value for both farmer and veterinarian.
 
Light bulb effect
According to jury member Bob Friendship, the winner of the Pig Management Award should be a paper that when you read it, a light bulb goes on. Meaning you start to think about a certain topic differently than before. "This is certainly the case for the one we have selected as this year's winner," said Friendship. The committee unanimously agreed that the winning paper discusses a very important and emerging topic in today's modern pig production system and provides a practical approach and refreshing approach.
 
Award ceremony
Curious to know who wrote the winning paper? The Pig Management Award will be presented during the IPVS on Monday, July 19, 2010, at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. Attending the award presentation is simple – please click on the banner or go directly to the site.

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