On Friday, 1st December, 2017, the Innovation Support Center organized the first study day of inspiring best practices in pig farming from Europe in the headquarters of Boerenbond in Leuven, Belgium. Fifty farmers, researchers and stakeholders from the pig industry were present during this event. During this seminar, Tom Schaeken from the innovation support center brought a selection of the most inspiring stories that participated in a major European competition called the EU PiG Grand Prix.
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.
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 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.
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EU PiG Grand Prix
A contest to identify best practice in each of the project's four thematic areas.