EU PiG Newsletter September 2020


View this newsletter in its original format

The EU PiG project comes to an end on 31st October and during its four year term has aimed to share the benefits of on-farm best practice between producers to promote a sustainable pig industry across the EU. This issue focuses on all eight of the project's 2020 Ambassadors and how they approach key meat quality, precision production, health and welfare challenges. It also includes information about 'The impact and legacy of the EU PiG project', a webinar being held on 6th October.

2020 Ambassador Focus: Meat Quality and Precision Production

Theme: Meat Quality
Challenge: How to promote pork to consumers?
Ambassador: Van den Berkmortel, Netherlands

Berkhout Meat’s goal is that the end user buys a tasty and familiar piece of meat that meets and even exceeds their expectations, directly from the producer.

Theme: Meat Quality
Challenge: Being competitive in small scale farming: Developing a niche market for pork
Ambassador: Pierre Oteiza, France

Breeder, Pierre Oteiza from the Kintoa region, has chosen the specifications required to enable the production of a high value-added product, by protecting a living heritage, while preserving its territory, and developing the activity on its territory.

Theme: Precision Production
Challenge: Increasing overall farm sustainability
Ambassador: Matti Ropilo, Finland

The calculated carbon footprint (CF) using Rypsiporsas on this farm is lower than that of pigs raised in other parts of Europe with feed containing soybean meal.

Theme: Precision Production
Challenge: Reducing costs
Ambassador: Patrick O'Keeffe, Ireland

To improve farm work efficiency, a 5S lean programme was developed as an introduction to lean management.

2020 Ambassador Focus: Health and Welfare

Theme: Animal Welfare
Challenge: Solutions for heat stress
Ambassador: John van Paassen, Netherlands

Pigs have an optimum temperature at which they thrive. Temperatures across Europe in the summer (even Ireland and the UK) can exceed that level, causing stress on pigs and lowering productivity.

Theme: Animal Welfare
Challenge: Strategies for dealing with piglets from hyperprolific sows
Ambassador: Corentin Nevannen, Eureden Cooperative, France

The increase in pigs born per sow (Hyperprolific sows) has caused various production issues relating to ensuring that the piglets have the best chance of survival and in turn being a profitable animal.

Theme: Health
Challenge: African Swine Fever (ASF) biosecurity measures
Ambassador: Spain

System - DrySist
Developing Company: Techtrans System SL (OPPgroup)
Company using the system: Piensos Costa S.A.

The challenge was to improve the biosecurity against ASF and other pathogens (PRRS, Salmonella, E.coli and Swine Dysentery) at the moment of animal transportation.

Theme: Health
Challenge: Use of slaughter data to improve health outcomes
Ambassador: Patrick Ryan, Ireland

Production data exists in different ‘boxes’ or databases, from breeding to slaughter. The movement of this data from one box to another was done by farmers when they had time.

For further details about these best practices, please contact the appropriate RPIG leader. Other best practices within these two themes are also available on the EU PiG website.

Webinar: The impact and legacy of the EU PiG programme

Taking place on Tuesday 6th October, 19:00 - 20:00 pm (BST), this webinar hosted by EU PiG project coordinator, Ben Williams of AHDB, will be reviewing the highlights from the programme and looking at some of the most impactful case studies within the four project themes. Ben will be joined by project partners, who will talk about the case studies and outline the cost benefits and technical outputs. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers. Why not see if any of these case studies could benefit your business! To register for this free webinar, click here


Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from the EU PiG Innovation Group.

About EU PiG

Exchanging knowledge, sharing innovation. Action to improve the pig industry.

About the project

EU PiG Grand Prix

A contest to identify best practice in each of the project's four thematic areas.

Get involved