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PigSurfer – SURveillance, FEedback & Reporting within ProPIG for communication with 75 pig farmers

Leeb, Christine; Bochicchio, Davide; Butler, Gillian; Edwards, Sandra; Früh, Barbara; Illmann, Gudrun; Prunier, Armelle; Rousing, Tine; Rudolph, Gwendolyn and Dippel, Sabine (2014) PigSurfer – SURveillance, FEedback & Reporting within ProPIG for communication with 75 pig farmers. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group level.

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The CoreOrganic2 research project ProPIG is carried out in 75 organic pig farms in 8 European countries (AT; CH; CZ; DE; DK; FR; IT; UK) to improve animal health, welfare and nutrition using farm customised strategies. For future on-farm application (e.g. advisory/certification activities, which are mostly carried out during one day visits), a practical, automatic recording and feedback tool was developed. This should allow on-farm data collection, import of data into a database and the possibility for benchmarking, including a printed output for the farmer to facilitate immediate discussion of results and improvement strategies.
To document not only animal health and welfare, but also integrate diet composition and productivity data, it was important to choose key indicators from all areas, which would be available across all eight countries. Based on existing on-farm welfare assessment protocols (e.g. WelfareQuality®, CorePIG) indicators were selected by the consortium, which were then transferred into a Software programme (“PigSurfer”). This Software is available as Desktop- or Android version to be used on Tablet PCs, so that on-farm data (interview with farmer; direct observations on weaners, finishers, sows; productivity and treatment records; feed) can be entered directly. During two visits a database was built and a “Farm report” was printed for each farm, with benchmarking of results, feedback and discussion with the farmer. After a year, “PigSurfer” was used to carry out the following complete process during one day visits across Europe: Surveillance of health and welfare, feedback of data in comparison with results from the previous year as well as benchmarking with 75 other pig farms and printing a report.
“PigSurfer” is a promising tool for communicating health and welfare, as it provides not only a database, which can be continuously extended, but is an important step to move from research to on-farm application across Europe.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > ProPIG
Austria > Univ. BOKU Wien > Sustainable Agr. Systems - NUWI
Related Links:https://colloque6.inra.fr/wafl2014
Deposited By: Leeb, Dr Christine
ID Code:26922
Deposited On:09 Sep 2014 14:01
Last Modified:09 Sep 2014 14:01
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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