Animal welfare and recruitment will top the agenda at the Pig & Poultry LIVE event, being held at Stoneleigh Park in May.

Organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) in partnership with ABN, Pig & Poultry LIVE is a one-day conference designed to “bridge the gap” between the biennial British Pig and Poultry Fair.

This year the content has been voted for by the industry itself, with more than 200 previous visitors to the Pig & Poultry Fair and Pig & Poultry LIVE asked to rate which issues were most important to them.

Topping the results was animal welfare, closely followed by people and recruitment – in particular attracting people of the right calibre and motivating them to achieve more profit.

“The information gathered by the survey has been fundamental to the planning of Pig & Poultry LIVE, and will ensure an event that tackles some critical industry challenges,” said AB Agri chief executive David Yiend.

“We firmly believe that by addressing what is important to people within the pig and poultry sectors, we can contribute to a more stable and profitable future for our industry.”

The morning session will feature a challenging debate, “Welfare; science or perception, what’s our future?”, with key stakeholders speaking, including NFU president Peter Kendall.

A networking lunch will give delegates opportunity to continue the debate and take in the many trade stands.

This will be followed by a new “café-style” afternoon session called “Innovation in people; securing our future”, including John Ryan, chief executive of workplace consultancy, Great Place to Work

Pig & Poultry LIVE will, for the first time, take place in Halls 1 and 2 at Stoneleigh Park, on 15 May. The event is run by Grandstand-Stoneleigh Events on behalf of the RASE, partnered by ABN. Poultry World is the official media partner. For more information visit . Tickets go on sale in March.