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Monday, March 27, 2023

Animal health and welfare gain weight at Sepor de Lorca Fair

Archival image of the Sepor fair in Lorca. / FROM.

Its next edition, which will take place from 24 to 27 October, will include various events dedicated to non-professional visitors.

Due to the absence of just over two months for its celebration, which will take place from 24 to 27 October at the site of Ifelor de Lorca, the Livestock, Industrial and Agri-Food Fair of Lorca (Sepor) concludes the details of the program in that this year 2022 there will be more than ever, consumer health.

The concept of “OneHealth” (“One Health” in Spanish) embodies the idea that the health of people, animals and the environment are interdependent and therefore should be understood as one. In this edition, the organization wanted to highlight the need to link animal health to human health by bringing together related issues. To this end, in its latest celebration, Sepor has already included a conference dedicated to this issue, which is repeated in 2022 and complemented by new events, and the content aimed directly at non-professional consumers in the sector who visit the exhibition is expanding. These reports and roundtables join regular conversations every year on topics such as sustainability, farm management, emission reduction, farm efficiency, artificial intelligence, immunology, livestock vaccination, etc.; where experts from the academic and labor fields express their opinions and theories.

There will be cooking shows, culinary tastings and consultations for visitors to the event.

The non-professional public will be one of the main actors of the first day of the fair. On Monday 24, there will be a presentation on “The consumer at the center of agri-food production”. Around it will be discussed sarcopenia, a complex syndrome in which there is loss of skeletal muscle mass, obesity, and the role of exercise in aging; and the quality of the animal protein in the diet. After negotiations, chef Juan Regis will teach visitors how to cook Murcian chicken and egg. This will not be the only “show-cooking” of the event, as on Wednesday 26 Chef Julius Bienert will offer visitors veal recipes for them to try.

With regard to animal welfare, distinguished professors will gather on the morning of Thursday, October 27 to discuss, among other things, African swine fever, how the coronavirus affects these animals in Spain, progress in developing vaccines against Glasser’s disease, which causes septic meningitis or sudden death in pigs and antibiotic resistance in pig production. Veterinary Professor Santiago Vega Garcia will talk about how the OneHealth strategy can improve public health.

All face to face

For Sepor manager Patry Bermudez, the 2022 show is “really special” given that it is returning to general attendance after several “challenging years” during which both the fair and the community have had to adapt to the situation created by the health crisis.

Bermudez recalls that the fair has for many years focused on all agents and contexts included in the food chain. Thus, the organizers went beyond the boundaries of production to also analyze transformation processes, market and consumer trends; because “like intertwined links, one depends on the other, and we believe that we should give joint answers,” he explains.

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