EU Pig Innovation Group launches
A new project partnering some of the best the pig industry has to offer across the EU has been launched.
The EU Pig Innovation Group (EU Pig) is a consortium of pig research, knowledge transfer and producer partners that have formed a network to collaborate, coordinate and share findings from existing pre farm gate research. They will also share the best practice on technical production and exchange approaches to knowledgeable transfer.
EU Pig is being co-ordinated by Charlotte Evans, technical innovation manager for AHDB Pork. She commented: “The consortium comprises 19 organisations representing 13 Member States which together accounted for 93% of the EU’s pig meat production and 89% of the EU’s pig herd in 2014.
“There are national and regional pig producer groups, researchers, rural development boards, innovation practitioners and SMEs. EU Pig partners have a common desire to share and present best practice and research on four specific themes: pig health management, precision production, welfare and meat quality.
“This is the most effective way of gathering information and getting it out to levy payers while avoiding duplication. The main focus will be on topical issues that are relevant today, not work that was done 10 years ago.”
A bid for €2 million of EU funding under the Horizon 20:20 banner has been drawn up and is due to be submitted in February.