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.  

our programme of work

Project Title

EU PiG Innovation Group (EU PiG)

Coordinator

Charlotte Evans (AHDB)

Partners

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

Project No.

727933

EU Project Advisor

Lucia Pacillo

Start

1st November 2016

Duration

48 months

Funding

EURO 2,000,000