PRESS RELEASE: 2020 Grand Prix Winners Announced

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African Swine Fever (ASF), How to promote pork to consumers and Strategies for dealing with piglets from hyper prolific sows are among the winning best practices of the 2020 EU PiG Innovation Group (EU PiG) Grand Prix. Eight pig producers from across Europe have been awarded the title of EU PiG Ambassador to recognise their innovation in pig production.

The Grand Prix is an annual competition which aims to identify and share innovative practices in pig production throughout the European network of pig producers, and beyond.

The winning best practices from the 2020 EU PiG Grand Prix are:


Health                    DrySyst: Truck dry disinfection                                                           Spain

                               Use of slaughter data to develop dashboard system

                               to improve pig herd health                                                                  Ireland

Meat quality          Create awareness through company tours

                               and the sale of unique Berkhout meat with a story                            Netherlands

                               Expression of the product: Union of local breed, land

                               and men                                                                                             France

Welfare                  High-pressure fogging                                                                       Netherlands

                               Implementing KALINAT approach to fully promote

                               the hyper prolificacy of sows                                                             France

Precision               5S Lean programme to improve work efficiency                               Ireland

                               Sustainably produced ABF Rypsiporsas                                           Finland


EU PiG coordinator Ben Williams, of AHDB in the UK, said: “Congratulations to the 2020 EU PiG Ambassadors. The full details about how each of the ambassador’s innovations work in practice will soon be provided on the website.”

“Fundamentally, this competition is about connecting pig producers, creating a European network where new information and experience can be shared directly. This aims to ensure an ever more efficient and competitive industry.”

“Using the EU PiG platform, producers are able to learn about the ideas and techniques used effectively across Europe to help improve the efficiency and sustainability of their own farm.”

“This year’s winning best practices should act as aspirational examples of innovative techniques used on pig farms to tackle each of the eight challenges.”

The EU PiG project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


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