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Ben Williams

Knowledge Transfer Senior Manager

AHDB Pork Knowledge Exchange


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The EU PiG Innovation Group (EU PiG) helps pig producers find tried-and-tested best practice from fellow producers across Europe, sharing all new knowledge in one place, online.  

It’s about connecting producers and sharing the latest best practice and innovations to help improve farm efficiency and raise the competitiveness of the European pig industry.  Each country has its own Regional Pig Innovation Group (RPIG) as the first point of contact which links pig producers and other experts to identify emerging issues for EU PiG and share knowledge and best practice.

The main way best practice is identified is the EU PiG Grand Prix, an annual EU-wide contest currently open for entries, with more than 300 producers competing to be one of eight EU PiG Ambassadors

It brings similar benefits to going on a study tour to farms across Europe: producers usually learn something valuable from other pig units, and EU PiG provides another easy and practical way to do this.

There are four key project themes, identified as the main focus areas for pig producers currently:

  • Health management
  • Precision production
  • Animal welfare
  • Meat quality

EU PiG is a network of 19 partner organisations from 13 member states, a €2million project running for four years which is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Led by AHDB in the UK, the network includes a range of partners from pig producer groups to researchers and economic advisers – connecting pig producers with the latest science, husbandry techniques and technologies.

undefinedThis 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 is responsible for coordinating the project.

Project Lead: Ben Williams; Telephone +44 774 1628 600
Project Administrator: Sue Wickham; Telephone +24 7647 8793