EPP continues to grow and is now present also in the African continent! President Gert van Beek officially welcomes 10 new EPP-Members during the yearly sappo/AGM conference in South Africa as guest speaker.
EPP Board and Head office is proud to announce that with South Africa now a first branch in a non-European country is member of the board. This was made possible by the close cooperation with the South African Pork Producers (sappo), who convinced together with EPP 10 pig farmers from South Africa to joined the club within the last weeks. With this step the minimum number for the establishment of a national branch is achieved. As a result, South Africa now has with Johann Kotzé a representative in the international EPP board. Together with the representatives from the Netherlands and Germany but also the national groups of Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Ireland, Finland, Austria and Switzerland the board members stand for the interests of all EPP-Members.
For about 1.5 years, Sappo and EPP have been working closely together, which began with mutual visits and discussions and has now been consolidated in the form of a national branch. The expansion of the personal network towards EPP and the DLG provides a good opportunity for the members in South Africa to obtain valuable information for the further development of their farms.
As a next step, both partners plan an exchange of students / young farmers and also a study trip for interested EPP members from other countries to South Africa.
After EPP Manager Sven Häuser first gained insights into the organization of pig production in South Africa in December 2018, EPP President Gert van Beek now was a guest speaker at the annual conference of South African pig farmers. He took this opportunity to introduce EPP and to officially hand over the founding certificate to Johann van der Walt, president of the sappo board of directors, and Johan Kotzé, CEO of sappo, on 4 September 2019.
Looking forward to a fruitful cooperation!
Finland's Taru Antikainen was elected as the new EPP vice president by members at the general meeting of the European Pig Producers (EPP) e.V. on June 7th 2019 in Landshut. She therefore succeeds the chairman of the German EPP Group, Jürgen Winkelmann, who no longer ran for a further term in office last year.
For the first time in the almost 30-year history of the association, the Managing Board of the European Pig Producers (EPP) e.V. met from 13-15 March 2018 in Finland. In addition to working through the agenda, a visit to a pig farm and a large slaughterhouse and consulting company were scheduled.
The inaugural appearance of representatives from the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) at the 2018 EPP Congress in Switzerland recently prompted a three-day reciprocal visit by the EPP to the Johannesburg / Praetoria region.
During this year’s Cattle & Pig Event at EuroTier 2018 our former president Erik Thijssen was honored by DLG president Hubertus Paetow. For his “candid, communicative and selfless nature” Erik Thijssen was awarded with the DLG silver medal for international relationship. Over his nine years of presidency countries like Ireland, Finland and Switzerland joined EPP alongside 80 new members. To Paetow, this indicates the success of Thijssen’s work.
As EPP / Pig farmers we are already involved since the first outbreak years ago. Till last week it enters our nearby region it seems the rest of world is awakening. This could help us to control the challenge, and we should take that opportunity with both hands.
At the General Assembly of the European Pig Producers (EPP) e.V. in Sursee (Switzerland) on 1 June 2018, the members elected Gert van Beek (51) from the Netherlands as their new President. He won the election in a secret ballot ahead of his fellow candidate Hugh McReynolds (56) from Ireland and thus succeeds Erik Thijssen, who had headed the Club for the last nine years.
During a week-long study trip from 17 – 24 September 2017 to the Midwest, 32 members of the EPP gained some interesting insights into pig production in the US. The group visited farms in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin to share information and experiences with famers in these regions.