The EU PiG project seeks to share the benefits of producer best practice to promote a sustainable pig industry across the EU. On-farm best practice is identified through a novel Grand Prix contest. As the project develops, this website will share the award-winning best practice with the whole industry.
What is best practice?
Good agricultural practice 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
The main way EU PiG identifies best practice is through its Grand Prix, an annual EU-wide contest, with more than 300 producers competing to be one of eight EU PiG Ambassadors. It identifies the top example of best practice for each of the eight EU PiG challenges chosen each year.
In selecting the challenges to be addressed by the project, EU PiG will ensure that the challenges have not already been addressed by other groups or projects such as EIP-AGRI to avoid duplication. The topics will represent real priorities for the industry, including emerging threats such as disease.
How will best practice be used?
The winning producer Ambassadors are invited to show-case their best practice in a range of ways, including talking to producers out and about in the industry, and this website will share their award-winning best practice, via virtual farm tours, photos and reports etc., enabling other pig producers to easily access and adapt for use on their own farms.