Aims of the project

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.  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 share knowledge and best practice.

The main way best practice is identified is the EU PiG Grand Prix, an annual EU-wide contest, with more than 300 producers competing to be one of eight EU PiG Ambassadors.  This website will share their award-winning best practice via virtual farm tours, photos and reports.

It brings similar benefits to going on a study tour to farms across Europe: producers usually learn something valuable from other pig units, and EU PiG provides another easy and practical way to do this.

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Best practice themes

EU PiG has four key themes, identified as the main focus areas for the EU pig industry:

Health management

Improving the health of the European pig herd to increase farming efficiency.

Precision production

Adopting more innovative technologies and practices to improve productivity.

Animal welfare

Care and treatment of livestock through increased understanding of the welfare requirements of the pig.

Meat quality

Development of premium quality products by improving characteristics including taste, nutritional value, texture, appearance and yield of pig meat.