Pigmeat

Leader: Christoph Zimmer

This transition network is focused on increasing the use of European-grown grain legumes in the production of pigmeat. It is composed of five actor groups involved in the pig-meat value chain: 

 

  • German Soybean Association

  • Schwaebisch Hall Producers

  • Europe Soya Value Chain Development Group

  • Soybean Cultivation Group in South-East Europe

  • Bulgarian Legumes Network

Pigmeat is the most important meat source in the European Union with an annual consumption of around 32 kg per person. Pig production is dependent on soy imports and a significant proportion of all imported soy goes to feeding pigs. The soy requirement is high and this high demand is difficult to meet from regional sources alone. Moreover, due to the nutritional advantage of soy over other protein sources, it is difficult to find an alternative. At the same time, consumers increasingly favour regional to global chains of production. This provides an opportunity to drive the increased production of regionally-grown protein sources for pig meat production.

The main goal is to identify and access existing knowledge in the consortium to describe prototype value chains for high quality pig products. The challenges are both technical, related to processing and feed management, and financial, related to the cost-effectiveness of using grain legumes from Europe in pig production.

The overarching ambition is to support the development of a European market of regionally-grown grain legumes for feedstuffs in pig meat production. This includes identifying suitable varieties low in anti-nutrient compounds and validating innovative feeding systems through field trials that combine sources of protein and amino acids. The Pigmeat Transition Network will work closely with both the Poultry Transition Network and the Dairy and beef Transition Network on feed economics.     

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