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2027 Sectoral Road Map: Pigs


A new Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Pigs was published on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. It includes: Market and policy issues; Potential shape and size of sector in 2027; Environmental & land use implications; Technical performance indicators; Research & technology transfer actions and Comment.

A new series of Teagasc Sectoral Roadmaps 2027 was published on Tuesday, 8 December during a live webinar. Paul Maher, Assistant Director of Teagasc Knowledge Transfer Directorate chaired the webinar where speakers gave an overview of the main elements of the Teagasc Sectoral Roadmaps 2027.

Teagasc Researchers John Spink, Pat Dillon and Mark Fenelon gave presentations in their areas of expertise. Kevin Hanrahan, Head of Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme gave an overview of the importance of agriculture and food in the Irish economy. The presentations and the webinar itself can be viewed here

Download the Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Road Map for Pigs (PDF)

There are a number of key issues for pig producers in Ireland at present: 

  • the threat of African Swine Fever entering Ireland;
  • the high level of feed credit on some farms;
  • antimicrobial resistance (AMR): increased focus on reducing the use of antibiotics and zinc oxide;
  • the challenge of transitioning to rearing pigs with undocked tails; and,
  • the choice of sustainable infrastructure when investing in and renovating pig facilities, which will have the greatest economic benefit.

There are nine sectoral roadmaps in total on Pigs, Tillage, Sheep, Dairy, Beef, Forestry, Horticulture, Food and Environment. To see all nine of the Teagasc 2027 Sectoral Roadmaps click here Teagasc Sectoral Roadmaps 2027