PRESS RELEASE: First European pig production 'best practice' winners announced

Eight pig producers from across Europe will showcase best practice in pig production as winners of the first Grand Prix contest run by the EU Pig Innovation Group (EU PiG).

Awarded the prestigious title of EU PiG Ambassador, each of the winners entered innovative examples of best practice in place on their farms relating to one the EU PiG themes of health, welfare, precision production and meat quality.

The winning practices are:

Health                                 Biosecurity tool                                                       Ireland

                                           Reducing antibiotic use                                           Netherlands

Precision                            Clean and accessible water                                    Denmark

                                           Routine weighing for accurate feeding                    Denmark

Meat quality                       ‘Heart Pig’: marketing via welfare brand                  Denmark

                                           Male fatteners without boar taint                             Germany

Welfare                               Entire male production                                            Spain

                                           Rearing pigs with intact tails                                   Finland                

The annual EU PiG Grand Prix is a unique competition designed to identify best practice on pig farms, and share it with pig producers across EU PiGs 13 participating EU member states and beyond.

AHDBs Charlotte Evans, EU PiG project coordinator, said: “The network of 19 partner organisations worked with producers in all 13 countries to identify pig production innovations that are working well in practice, drawing in nearly 300 entries to be shortlisted and assessed by industry experts.

“Thanks and huge congratulations go to all eight Ambassadors for their winning examples of best practice – which they and the pig industry can be very proud of. We are looking forward to finding out more about them and sharing information with other producers across Europe who can benefit from adopting similar tried-and-tested practices on their units.

“EU PiG is about connecting pig producers and others across the European pig industry, and sharing the latest best practice and innovations, and the Grand Prix entrants have given us a varied and impressive range of ideas to help other producers improve on-farm efficiency.

More information will be added to the EU PiG website in due course and producers can subscribe to receive the EU PiG newsletter for updates; in the meantime, producers can contact their local Regional Pig Innovation Group (RPIG) leaders for more details on the best practices and other innovators in their region. Visit http://www.eupig.eu/ambassadors for the RPIG contact details.

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

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