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Pig Newsletter - February 2022

In this edition, Michael McKeon provides an update on the Irish Pig Sector. Orla Kinane & Keelin O’Driscoll discuss whether or not Precision Livestock Farming be used to manage tail biting. Catch up on recent webinars and find out more about the new support scheme for pig producers.

View it here: Teagasc Pig Newsletter - February 2022 (PDF)

In this issue:

Update on the Irish Pig Sector

Producers always ask about alternative feed. The Teagasc Outlook for the pig sector was presented at the Teagasc Outlook Conference on 7th December last and can be accessed here. Since then there has been significant upward pressure on pig feed ingredient prices and energy costs and downward pressure on pigmeat price. This article by Michael McKeon provides an update on these developments.

Can Precision Livestock Farming be used to manage tail biting?

Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is smart technology that enables individual animals to be monitored more closely. It involves automated monitoring of animals to improve their production, health and welfare, and reduce any negative impact on the environment. The Teagasc Pig Development Department held a virtual tail biting workshop on November 24th 2021 focusing on barriers and opportunities associated with the use of technology to address tail biting. Orla Kinane & Keelin O’Driscoll provide more information.

Recent Webinars – Financial supports & Removal of Zinc Oxide

The Pig Development Department held a webinar on Wednesday, 16th February focusing on the financial supports available to pig producers to weather the current crisis. Watch the recording, view the presentation slides and download the current cost reckoner here. The Pig Development Department hosted a webinar on January 25th focusing on the practical steps and considerations for producers in advance of the ban on Zinc Oxide. View the presentations of speakers Dr. Francesc Molist of Schothorst Feed Research and Edgar Garcia Manzanilla, Head of Teagasc PDD.

Support scheme with a fund of €7 million for pig producers announced

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., announced (on 22.02.22) a specific support scheme with a fund of €7 million for pig producers. Minister McConalogue stressed that this scheme is part of a series of measures to support the sector.