This is the third newsletter of the EU PiG project. It provides news of the eight winning best practices in the 2017 EU PiG Grand Prix competition. In addition, it highlights some of the other best practices shared by producers, to address the challenge of promoting a sustainable pig industry across the EU.
The first eight EU ‘Grand Prix’ 2017 winners have been announced, with each offering innovative examples of best practice relating to one the EU PiG themes; health, welfare, precision production, and meat quality.
The annual EU PiG Grand Prix is a unique competition designed to identify best practices on pig farms, and share it with pig producers across EU PiGs 13 participating EU member states and beyond. The first eight winning Best Practices have now been announced.
The event has been organised by Innovatiesteunpunt to recognise all the Belgian entrants to the Grand Prix 2017, with a theme around welfare – the care and treatment of livestock through increased understanding of the welfare requirements.
This year’s conference organised by Teagasc featured a number of excellent presentations covering a broad array of topics relating to nutrition, pre-weaning mortality, insurance and farm investment to name but a few. The guest speaker Dr. Bob Goodband from Kansas State University looked at both sow and grower diets for the modern pig.
A comprehensive report on the conference and the issues discussed is now available on the Teagasc website, and downloaded from here. the event presentations were also videoed, which will also be uploaded to the Teagasc website soon.
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EU PiG Grand Prix
A contest to identify best practice in each of the project's four thematic areas.