Spanish ‘EU PiG Ambassador’, Ramon Armengol, receiving his award from IRTA technician Aranzazu Varvaro, in recognition of his winning best practice to the industry wide challenge of finding alternatives to pig castration, under the Animal Welfare theme.
Following the closing date of the second EU PiG ‘Grand Prix’ on 28th February, the competitors have now been identified from the applications submitted through the Regional Pig Innovation Groups (RPIGs), in all 13-member states represented in the project.
As part of the recent annual EU PiG consortium meeting in meeting in Italy, a visit to the PIGGLY farm in Pegognaga was arranged for partners to consider the farms activities. Several examples of innovative best practice were illustrated in a comprehensive tour provided by Mr Sergio Visini, and his co-managers, some of which have been recognised as industry wide challenges, and included in the 2018 EU PiG Grand Prix contest.
Visitors were able to appreciate in particular, the farm buildings, internal climate, reduced odours, no tail docking, no antibiotics, and the extensive use of renewable energy (biogas and solar energy). They were also able to see how weaners are reared on straw, with the litter tray renewed frequently to maintain high animal welfare standards..
The 2018 European Pig Innovation Group (EU PiG) Grand Prix is open for entries until 28 February 2018.
All pig producers are invited to enter their innovative ideas and examples of on-farm best practice in this annual EU-wide contest, with up to 300 producers competing to become an EU PiG Ambassador.
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EU PiG Grand Prix
A contest to identify best practice in each of the project's four thematic areas.