The Danish Pig Research Centre is part of SEGES P/S. The activities of the Danish Pig Research Centre’s safeguard the interests of the Danish pig producers and can be divided into four main areas:
- Research and development. The vast majority of the research and development activities of the Danish Pig Research Centre’s are conducted through practical trials in commercial pig herds. Whenever possible, all activities are coordinated with research and development activities of other national and international (EU).
- Knowledge transfer and advisory-related activities. The Danish Pig Research Centre generates expert knowledge in all areas of pig production. This knowledge is immediately made available to pig producers and advisors via direct and easily accessible updates through the Pig Research Centre’s channels of communication and through articles in pig journals etc. Regional pig advisors handle individual advice to Danish pig producers.
- General operation, service and control activities. The Danish Pig Research Centre is the conceptual owner of DanAvl and manages the DanAvl breeding programme. The Danish Pig Research Centre is also in charge of the SPF health inspection; the Laboratory for Pig Disease; the Danish Product Standard; the Danish Transport Standard; the veterinary task force; safety wash of transport vehicles; Salmonella monitoring etc.
- Political safeguarding of interests and communication. The Danish Pig Research Centre contributes to securing the business environment for Danish pig producers and improving the image of the industry. This is handled together with the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, the Danish Pig Slaughterhouses and the Danish Pig Producers’ Association. The chairman and the director of the Danish Pig Research Centre are spokesmen politically and technically of Danish Agriculture & Food Council as far as the live pig is concerned.
- Animal welfare
- Animal health and food safety
- Knowledge transfer
- Policy and reputation
Organisation and economy
The activities of the Danish Pig Research Centre are funded from a range of sources: the Pig Levy Fund, DanAvl, public research and development funds and commercial income. The Danish Pig Research Centre consists of six main departments:
- Management & Communication
- Advisory-related activities
- Genetic research and development
- Nutrition and reproduction
- Production systems and environmental technology
- Veterinary matters
The Danish Pig Research Centre is ISO 9001:2008 certified.
The board lays down the activities
The role and activities of the Danish Pig Research Centre are laid down by the Sector Board “L&F Svineproduktion”, under the direction of 12 elected pig producers:
- Three elected by the Primary Board, DAFC
- Three elected by Danske Svineslagterier, DAFC
- Three elected by the Danish Pig Producers’ Association
- Three elected by the three regional pig production committee
The board thus safeguards the interests of the Danish pig producers.