Browse the pig producer case studies and technical reports below, which share best practice in Health Management.  The producers are EU PiG Ambassadors and winners of the annual EU PiG Grand Prix, who have focused on one of the specific Health Management challenges chosen by the industry each year.

A network of experts forming the EU PiG Health Management Thematic Group consolidates existing industry knowledge and validates the best practice identified through the EU PiG Grand Prix. 

This theme is about improving the health of the European pig herd to increase farming efficiency.

An app that monitors pig temperature is helping with early detection of hyperthermia, enabling this Spanish farm to manage disease outbreaks, provide treatments more effectively, reduce mortality and improve pig welfare. It also has potential to reduce vaccination failure rate as pigs with hyperthermia can have a compromised immune status.

Ambassador: Pep Peraire

Publication date: July 2019 | Theme: Health management

Challenges: Early warning of diseases and production

A fermented liquid feed system is providing an alternative to zinc for integrated Dutch producer, the van Asten group. 

Ambassador: TBC

Publication date: July 2019 | Theme: Health management

Challenges: Influence of gut health on disease and production

A group of 13 pig farms in the same region have reduced PRRS problems by 30% in a three-year period by working together and learning from each other to help tackle the problem.

Ambassador: Tom Mertens, Belgium

Publication date: June 2019 | Theme: Health management

Challenges: Optimal vaccination strategies

Kris Gios’ farrow-to-finish unit has trialled feeding herbs in piglet diets instead of including zinc oxide and has reduced production costs by 2.4%. Average daily gain and feed conversion rate have improved and weaner mortality rate has been reduced.

Ambassador: Kris Gios, Belgium

Publication date: June 2019 | Theme: Health management

Challenges: Reducing zinc oxide

Dutch farmer Kees van der Meijden has achieved the enviable goal of reducing antibiotic use to almost zero, while at the same time, improving pig performance; the farm is producing 33 piglets per sow per year.

Ambassador: Kees van der Meijden, Netherlands

Publication date: May 2018 | Theme: Health management

Challenges: Reduction of antimicrobial medication

Producer Eugene Sheehan from Ireland has reduced pig production costs per kg slaughter weight by 9.3% and lowered antibiotic use by 90%, having been the first to use a new biosecurity scoring tool, Biocheck.UGent ®.

Ambassador: Eugene Sheehan, Ireland

Publication date: May 2018 | Theme: Health management

Challenges: Biosecurity

Technical reports