EU PiG Newsletter February 2019


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2019 EU PiG Grand Prix: Still Open for Entries!

The 2019 European Pig Innovation Group (EU PiG) Grand Prix is still open for entries! All pig producers have until 28 February 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.  

EU PiG is looking for entries that tackle one of eight Grand Prix challenges, identified as current priorities by the industry, within the project’s key themes. There are eight different challenges each year and the challenges for 2019 are as follows:

Winning one of the eight Ambassador titles in the EU PiG Grand Prix gives producers the chance to receive international recognition of their success, share their best practice with other producers, get in touch with other Ambassadors to perhaps find their next big idea and achieve added motivation for farm staff.

For full details of the eight challenges for 2019 and how to enter, along with case studies on the previous years’ winning Ambassadors, producers should visit the EU PiG website. 

EU PiG Partners meet in Oirschot, Netherlands

Partners in the EU PiG consortium met in Oirschot, NL, on 5/6 February 2019 for the project's annual Consortium and Steering Group meeting. The first day involved a number of presentations focused on the work and activities currently taking place and the priorities for the next 12 months. Invited speakers and guests included Judith Keijzers-Verschelling - Mayor of the municipality Oirschot, Geert Wilms - Director of Agricultural Innovation Service, Henk Boelrijk - General Manager of Pig Farmers Association NL, and EU PiG Ambassadors - Kees van der Meijden, Hans Verhoeven, Rick Bosgoed and Hilde Brink. The second day included a visit to 'Vion Food Group' Boxtel and a farm visit to 'De Hoeve', Valkenswaard. 

The meeting was organised by EU PiG partner, ZLTO and hosted and chaired by the Project Coordinator, Ben Williams, AHDB.

Ben said: "The EU PiG Steering group generated lots of discussion due to the fantastic case studies generated by the Ambassadors for the challenges that face the EU pig industry. As we move forwards with the project, our focus is not only on the next array of challenges and the Ambassadors who are meeting these head on, but more and more on disseminating the case studies to farmers and allied industry across the EU."

Beta Technology, partner for the work package relating to communication and dissemination, used the opportunity to update partners about the status of the case studies and factsheets for the 2018 winning ambassadors. These will be available to view on the EU PiG website shortly

Pig Innovation Network - Get Involved

Networks can be a powerful tool for developing influential relationships, fostering creative solutions and sharing both knowledge and resources. With this in mind, the ‘Pig Innovation Network’ (PiN) has been created by AHDB as a new way to bring together passionate ‘pig people’ in the UK who are invested in the success of the pork industry.

The aim of the network is to create a platform to share knowledge, encourage innovation to aid UK pork production and connect ‘professional pig people’ who may otherwise not communicate.

Connections are already being made between producers, pig vets, feed companies, academics, nutritionists, genetics companies to name but a few. However, PiN will go a step further to create a linked-up, multiperspective, nationwide group with the shared goal of keeping the pig industry innovative, relevant, competitive and exciting.

If you would like to know more or would like to find out more about setting up this type of network, please contact Pippa Handley

Pigs Tomorrow: 14/15 May 2019

Following the huge success of the Pigs 2022 conference in 2017, Pig World and AHDB (EU PiG Coordinator) are delighted to announce a new event for 2019 – Pigs Tomorrow, a 2 day conference, to be held at The Jurys Inn Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire.

Pigs Tomorrow will bring the pig sector together for the industry’s biggest conference of the year, drawing expert speakers from around the world and within the UK pig industry, who will be looking ahead to the pig industry of tomorrow.

Ben Williams of AHDB, said: "AHDB is once again excited to be involved in the planning of this key industry event. We aim to bring applicable and inspiring case studies of practical innovations and research that will inspire producers. With a specific focus on precision livestock farming, we hope to provoke questions and provide some answers as to whether there is value to the producer in making that investment. We will also look to bring some case studies of producers who are meeting the challenges facing the UK industry, from welfare to the environment."

For further details, including registration please visit the website Pigs Tomorrow.


Please continue to visit the EU PiG website to keep up to date in terms of developments, including further details about the 2018 winning best practices which will be available soon!


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