Europe-wide action to improve the pig industry
EU PiG is a four-year project to look at health management, precision production, animal welfare and meat quality, made up of a consortium of 19 organisations from all across Europe and led by AHDB.
The consortium represents 13 Member States that together account for 93% of the EU’s pig meat production (92% of slaughterings) and 93% of the EU’s pig herd (88% of the breeding herd) in 2015. The EU PiG consortium consists of, or will have links to, national and regional pig producer groups, researchers, rural development boards and innovation practitioners, including a number of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).
EU PiG aims to improve the connection between producers and the latest science, husbandry techniques and technologies from within their industry via fellow producers, academics and advisors connected through thematic and regional platforms. It is funded by the European Commission’s research and development programme, ‘Horizon 2020’.
The next four years’ tools will be created and practical guidance provided to all parts of the industry. Innovative best practice combined with scientific knowledge will be identified and shared via a comprehensive website, explaining in detail the project objectives and how to get involved.
List of partners
- Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board; (AHDB); United Kingdom
- Beta Technology Ltd; (BETA); United Kingdom
- Zuidelijke Land- EN Tuinbouworganisatie Vereniging; (ZLTO); Netherlands
- Stichting Wageningen Research; (WR); Netherlands
- Institut De Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries; (IRTA); Spain
- Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali – C.R.P.A. S.P.A.; (CRPA); Italy
- Boerenbondvereniging voor Projecten vzw; (BB Projecten); Belgium
- Teagasc – Agriculture and Food Development Authority; (TEAGASC); Ireland
- Agrifood and Biosciences Institute; (AFBI); United Kingdom
- Veterinaermedizinische Universitaet Wien: (VETMEDUNIVIENNA); Austria
- Interprofession Nationale Porcine; (INAPORC); France
- Seges PS; (SEGES); Denmark
- Deutscher Raiffeisen-verband e.V.; (DRV); Germany
- Vagoallat – ES Hus Szakmakozi Szervezet es Termektanacs; (VHT); Hungary
- IFIP – Institut du Porc Association; (IFIP); France
- Gran Suino Italiano; (OI GSI); Italy
- Szkola Glowna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego; (SGGW); Poland
- Polski Zwiazek Hodowcow i Producentow Trzody Chlewnej Polsus; (POLSUS); Poland
- Elainten Terveys ETT RY; (ETT Animal Health); Finland
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727933.
About Horizon 2020
Europe has a 10-year growth and jobs strategy called Europe 2020. It was launched in 2010 to create the conditions for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Five headline targets have been agreed for the European Union to achieve by the end of 2020, covering employment, research and development, climate/energy, education and social inclusion and poverty reduction.
Europe has identified new engines to boost growth and jobs; these are addressed by seven ‘flagship initiatives’. Within each initiative, both the European Union and national authorities have to coordinate their efforts so they are mutually reinforcing. ‘Innovation Union’ is one such flagship initiative. ‘Innovation Union’ is the European Union strategy to create an innovation-friendly environment that makes it easier for great ideas to be turned into products and services that will bring our economy growth and jobs.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, and:
- Has a budget of nearly €80 billion for the period 2014-2020, which makes it the biggest European Union Research and Development programme ever
- Is open to everyone
- Has three priorities (Industrial Leadership, Excellent Science and Societal Change); each of which has a number of sections with a different focus and each section has a detailed work programme.
AHDB will be responsible for coordinating the project, led by Charlotte Evans
Project Lead: Charlotte Evans; Telephone +44 7813 430605
Project Manager: Susan Rabbich; Telephone +44 7772 598412
Project Administrator: Sue Wickham; Telephone +24 7647 8793