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What is EU PiG?

The EU PiG Innovation Group (EU PiG) helps pig producers find tried-and-tested best practice from fellow producers across Europe, sharing all new knowledge in one place, online.  

It’s about connecting producers and sharing the latest best practice and innovations to help improve farm efficiency and raise the competitiveness of the European pig industry. 

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. 

How does EU PiG work?

EU PiG shares best practice on four key project themes, identified as the main focus areas for pig producers currently:

  • Health management;
  • Precision production;
  • Animal welfare;
  • Meat quality.

The main way best practice is identified is the EU PiG Grand Prix contest. Each country also 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.

What 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.

It identifies the top example of best practice for each of the eight EU PiG challenges. There will be two new challenges chosen every year for each of the project’s four key themes.

The winning producer Ambassadors are invited to showcase their best practice in a range of ways, including talking to producers out and about in the industry.

What are EU PiG Ambassadors?

EU PiG Ambassadors represent the winning best practice for each of the eight challenges in the annual EU PiG Grand Prix contest, competing against on-farm best practice from other producers across the 13 member states in the group.

The winning producer Ambassadors are invited to showcase their best practice in a range of ways, including talking to producers out and about in the industry. The RPIGs will also help them produce virtual farm tours, photos and reports, to be shared on this website.

How are EU PiG Ambassadors selected?

Regional Pig Innovation Groups (RPIGs) will put forward producers’ best practice entries to the EU PiG Grand Prix.

A panel of experts for each of the key project themes then runs a rigorous evaluation process to select the winners and invite them to become the EU PiG Ambassadors.

What are Regional Pig Innovation Groups (RPIGs)?

Each of the 13 member states involved has its own Regional Pig Innovation Group (RPIG) as the first point of contact for producers in that region. The RPIGs are networks which link pig producers and other experts to identify emerging issues for EU PiG, and to share knowledge and best practice.

How do I contact my nearest RPIG? 

The map in the Ambassadors section of this website shows the key contacts for each Regional Pig Innovation Group (RPIG).

What is meant by ‘best practice’?

Good agricultural practice is a concept which aims to achieve development that is sustainable and good for consumers, human health, food security, rural development, environment and animal welfare, both now and in the future. It includes consideration of practices that:

  • Produce safe, healthy, high-quality food for consumers;
  • Provide jobs with fair incomes for rural communities;
  • Are socially and environmentally sustainable;
  • Provide high standards of animal welfare.

Is there a newsletter with the latest news I can access?

Yes, everyone interested in EU PiG can subscribe, for free, to receive the project e-newsletter with the latest news, best practice and developments. 

Is EU PiG on social media?

Yes, you can follow the project on Twitter @EU_PiG and join the EU PiG Innovation Group on Linked-In. 

Who are the partners involved in this project?

Information on all 19 partner organisations is in the Partners section of this website. They range from pig producer groups to researchers and economic advisers.

More questions?

Please contact:

Steve Bradley, Beta

T: +44 1302 322633

steve.bradley@betatechnology.co.uk