Browse the pig producer case studies and technical reports below, which share best practice in Precision Production.  The producers are EU PiG Ambassadors and winners of the annual EU PiG Grand Prix, who have focused on one of the specific Precision Production challenges chosen by the industry each year.

A network of experts forming the EU PiG Precision Production Thematic Group consolidates existing industry knowledge and validates the best practice identified through the EU PiG Grand Prix. 

This theme is about adopting more innovative technologies and practices to improve productivity.

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

Ambassador: Patrick O'Keeffe, Ireland

Publication date: July 2020 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Reducing costs

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.

Ambassador: Matti Ropilo, Finland

Publication date: July 2020 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Increasing overall farm sustainability

Danish producer Stovgaard is using a data monitoring system to record real time biological data, including water and feed intake and weights.

Ambassador: Jesper Hansen, Denmark

Publication date: February 2020 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Dashboard systems/benchmarking

Dutch producer, Theo Vernooij, is reducing piglet mortality through a system that focuses on a high standard of care throughout his breeding herd.

Ambassador: Theo Vernooij, Netherlands

Publication date: February 2020 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Reducing pig mortality

Using a daily manure removal system has improved pig health and growth rates, while reducing ammonia emissions for De Hoeve Innovatie’s rearing and finishing business.

Ambassador: Marion Verhoeven, De Hoeve BV, Netherlands

Publication date: June 2019 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Reducing emissions

Farrow-to-finish producer David Goodier has reduced production costs per piglet by 4.9% through a system which monitors gilts at strategic points during their first cycle

Ambassador: David Goodier, United Kingdom

Publication date: June 2019 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Increase gilt and sow performance

Improved pig health and productivity, along with lower antibiotic consumption and costs, are the results of using a water purification system and ensuring adequate access to water.

Jens Ole Bladt, Sydals, Denmark

Publication date: August 2018 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Smart water usage

Farmer Aage Lauritzen of Denmark has achieved a 5% increase in daily live weight gain and reduced total production costs, since investing in a weighing system to record growing and fattening pigs’ live weight on a weekly basis. The information is used to monitor pigs’ growth, so he can compare it with the expected growth and then choose the appropriate feed mix.

Ambassador: Aage Lauritzen, Denmark

Publication date: June 2018 | Theme: Precision production

Challenges: Feed management