Italian pig farm tour highlights innovative industry best practice

As part of the recent annual EU PiG consortium 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 farm consists of 8 new pig stables for about 7,000 fattening places (35 – 170 kg) plus 3 new stables for about 4,500 places for weaners (6-35 kg), with an extension of 2,000 additional fattening places being planned for 2018-2019.

The site is about 150,000 square metres with a layout designed to enhance its full potential in terms of eco-sustainability. The new single-floor stables have been built to accommodate the photovoltaic system (2 MW overall power) on the roofs, which is perfectly exposed to the south, and with an adequate inclination.

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