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Pig Development Department

Department Overview

The focus of the Pig Development Department is to improve profitability, increase sow productivity and grow the national sow herd, while operating to the highest standards of pig welfare and to produce quality assured pig meat while adopting best practice to protect the environment. The department integrates research, knowledge transfer and 

Department Objectives

  • To improve economic sustainability with especial focus on nutrition optimization
  • To help achieve the highest standards of health and welfare to produce pork that meets the requirements of the consumer
  • To help reduce the environmental impact
  • To promote data capture, integration and benchmarking for more targeted actions
  • To increase the technical knowledge of the workforce
  • To promote coordination among the different stakeholders


  • 6 Pig Specialists
  • 5 researchers
  • 4 technicians
  • 4 Farm staff
  • 16 Post-graduate students
  • Placement students

Main Research Areas

  • Nutrition
  • Sustainability
  • Sow Profitability
  • Health and Welfare

Pig Research Facility

200 sows, farrow-to-finish, dry and wet feeding, loose sow housing, feed evaluation unit, additive testing, SPF, individual intake recording, digestibility, welfare, electronic identification, sow feeding stations, flexible pens, on-site milling

See also www.teagasc.ie/pigs

Read more Pig Research Department Overview (pdf)