Action to improve the pig industry
EU PiG aims to raise the competitiveness of the European pig industry by connecting producers and sharing tried and tested best practice and innovations. There are four key project themes, identified as the main focus areas for pig producers currently:
- Health management;
- Precision production;
- Animal welfare;
- Meat quality.
EU PiG is a network of 19 partner organisations from 13 member states, a €2million project running for four years which is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.
Led by AHDB in the UK, the network includes a range of partners from pig producer groups to researchers and economic advisers – connecting pig producers with the latest science, husbandry techniques and technologies.
What we plan to achieve
Map and consolidate existing knowledge from across the EU;
Facilitate knowledge exchange to help producers drive and adopt innovation on farm;
Bring science led-innovations into practice, closing the gap between research and commercial pig production.
How we are doing this
Each country has its own Regional Pig Innovation Group (RPIG) as the first point of contact, which links pig producers and other experts to identify emerging issues for EU PiG, and to share knowledge and best practice.
EU PiG wants to hear from producers about which specific challenges to tackle within the four key themes, so the network can respond to emerging issues. There will be eight different challenges each year and the network will collate and share knowledge and best practice to help address them. The challenges for 2017 are:
The main way best practice is identified is the EU PiG Grand Prix. It’s an annual EU-wide contest, with more than 300 producers competing to be one of eight EU PiG Ambassadors, by telling us their ideas and best practice.
The eight producer Ambassadors will represent best practice within the each of the project’s key themes, tackling one of the eight challenges chosen for each year.
This website will share their award-winning best practice via virtual farm tours, photos and reports.
EU PiG Innovation Group (EU PiG)
Charlotte Evans (AHDB)
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board; (AHDB); United Kingdom
Beta Technology Ltd; (BETA); United Kingdom
Zuidelijke Land- EN Tuinbouworganisatie Vereniging; (ZLTO); Netherlands
Stichting Wageningen Research; (WR); Netherlands
Institut De Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries; (IRTA); Spain
Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali – C.R.P.A. S.P.A.; (CRPA); Italy
Boerenbondvereniging voor Projecten vzw; (BB Projecten); Belgium
Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority; (TEAGASC); Ireland
Agrifood and Biosciences Institute; (AFBI); United Kingdom
Veterinaermedizinische Universitaet Wien: (VETMEDUNIVIENNA); Austria
Interprofession Nationale Porcine; (INAPORC); France
Seges PS; (SEGES); Denmark
Deutscher Raiffeisen-verband e.V.; (DRV); Germany
Vagoallat – ES Hus Szakmakozi Szervezet es Termektanacs; (VHT); Hungary
IFIP – Institut du Porc Association; (IFIP); France
Gran Suino Italiano; (OI GSI); Italy
Szkola Glowna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego; (SGGW); Poland
Polski Zwiazek Hodowcow i Producentow Trzody Chlewnej Polsus; (POLSUS); Poland
Elainten Terveys ETT RY; (ETTAnimalHealth); Finland
EU Project Advisor
1st November 2016