EU PiG aims to raise the competitiveness of the European industry by connecting producers and sharing tried and tested best practice and innovations.

How does EU PiG work?

EU PiG shares best practice on four key industry themes:

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

Best practice is identified via the EU PiG Grand Prix contest.

Learn more about what EU PiG is

Winning best practice

Dutch farmer Kees van der Meijden has achieved the enviable goal of reducing antibiotic use to almost zero.

Find out how they drastically reduced antibiotic use

The impact and legacy of EU PiG

Over the past four years, the EU PiG Innovation Group (EU PiG) has been helping pig producers across Europe find and share tried-and-tested best practice with fellow producers.

Watch the EU PiG webinar

Aims of the project

The EU PiG Innovation Group (EU PiG) aimed to help pig producers find tried-and-tested best practice from fellow producers across Europe, sharing all new knowledge in one place, online – funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme. The project ended on 31 October 2020.

The project closed with a webinar about the impact and legacy of the programme. From African swine fever to the rise of flexitarian consumers, the increase in environmental awareness, to increased pressures of high animal welfare – the industry is under continued pressure to change and thrive. Members of the EU PiG consortium demonstrated the significant impact the project’s best practices have had on the EU Pork industry today.

Each country has its own Regional Pig Innovation Group (RPIG), providing the first point of contact, linking pig producers and other experts to identify emerging issues for EU PiG and to share knowledge and best practice:

University of Veterinary Medicine

RPiG: Andrea Ladinig

Birth management in loose farrowing systems

Further information on VETMEDUNIVIENNA


RPiG: Laurens Vandelannoote

  • Different feeds as zinc oxide alternatives
  • Cross-company approach to PRRS
  • Olive oil as fat source for pigs
  • Reducing ammonia emissions by separating faeces and urine

Further information on BBP

SEGES, Landbrug & Fødevarer F.m.b.A

RPiG: Claus Hansen

  • Clean and accessible water
  • Routine weighing for accurate feeding
  • Heart pig
  • From pig data to big data

Further information on SEGES

French Interprofessional Pork Council

RPiG: Fabien Verliat

  • Doors for familiarisation between piglets
  • Expression of the product: Union of local breed, land and men
  • Implementing KALINAT approach to fully promote the hyperprolificacy of sows

Further information on INAPORC

German Raiffeisen Federation

RPiG: Wiebke von Seggern

Male fatteners without boar taint

Further information on DRV

Hungarian Livestock and Meat Product Board 

RPiG: Ciarán Carroll

  • Adoption of biosecurity tool
  • Community management for pig farming
  • Use of slaughter data to develop dashboard system to improve pig herd health
  • 5S Lean Programme to improve work efficiency

Further information on TEAGASC


Interbranch Organisation Gran Suino Italiano 

RPiG: Vincenzo Mirra

Further information on GSI

Southern Agriculture and Horticulture Organisation

RPiG: Jos Peerlings

  • Reduction of antimicrobial medication
  • Easy weighing of pigs for slaughter
  • Daily manure removal to reduce emissions
  • Reducing pig mortality through a high standard of care
  • Fermenting liquid feed, an alternative to zinc oxide
  • Create awareness through company tours and the sale of unique Berkhout meat with a story
  • High-pressure fogging

Further information on ZLTO

Warsaw University of Life Sciences

RPiG: Monika Gębska

Further information on SGGW

Institut de Recerca en Tecnologies Agroalimentàries 
RPiG: Emma Fàbrega
  • Entire male production
  • Novelty in enrichment material
  • Pig temperature app for early disease detection
  • DrySyst: Truck dry disinfection

Futher information on IRTA


RPiG: Ben Williams

Further information on AHDB

Best practice themes

EU PiG had four key themes, identified as the main focus areas for the EU pig industry:

Health management

Improving the health of the European pig herd to increase farming efficiency.

Meat quality

Development of premium quality products by improving characteristics including taste, nutritional value, texture, appearance and yield of pig meat.

Animal welfare

Care and treatment of livestock through increased understanding of the welfare requirements of the pig.

Precision production

Adopting more innovative technologies and practices to improve productivity.


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This project has received funding from the European Union`s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727933.