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SEGES Pig Research Centre

The longstanding investment in research and development has been fundamental to the success of Denmark’s co-operative farming sector and has equipped its farmers with the latest knowledge and technologies to help ensure their competitiveness in global markets.

A new organisation, SEGES, opened its doors for business in January 2015 and brought together the resources of the Danish Knowledge Centre for Agriculture and the Danish Pig Research Centre.

The role of SEGES is to provide Danish farmers with the best tools to achieve commercial success, but with full regard for their responsibilities regarding the welfare of the livestock in their charge and the environmental impact of their businesses.

The work of the organisation covers all the key farming sectors – arable, horticulture and livestock production - and specialist areas such as finance and accounting, taxation, IT, HR, training, building planning and environmental protection.

Research is carried out in close partnership with universities, government departments, supply industries and trade associations, both in Denmark and internationally.

This collaboration enables SEGES to draw on public research and development funds to promote innovation within the agriculture and food sectors. The organisation also derives income from the commercial sale of specialist consultancy services.

For more information about the SEGES organisation, click on this link

The Danish Pig Research Centre operates under the SEGES umbrella and is now known as SEGES Pig Research Centre. The organisation is responsible for managing a wide ranging programme of research and development in pig production.

A lot of this research takes place on commercial farms to ensure that the ideas being tested work in a ‘real world’ situation – currently over 200 pig farms participate in trials run by SEGES Pig Research Centre.

SEGES Pig Research Centre derives its income from three main sources – the production levy paid by all pig producers, research grants from the EU and the Danish government and royalties from the commercial sale of genetics by the DanAvl organisation.

A new organisation structure was introduced in 2016 and work now falls into five business areas as shown in this chart.

  • Genetics – organisation of the pig genetics work for the DanAvl programme
  • Innovation – management of pig industry research projects
  • Marketing – communication with pig producer members and other stakeholders
  • Business Services – commercial activities including laboratory services, lorry washing station and management of quality assurance schemes
  • DanAvl – support services for the DanAvl organisation - http://www.danavl.com  

For more information on SEGES Pig Research Centre, click on this link

The 2015 research programme covered the following key areas:

  • Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Environment
  • Housing
  • Welfare
  • Health
  • Production Management

The recent SEGES merger aimed to streamline the communication of knowledge to individual farm level. Within the Danish pig industry, the communication channels operate within a ‘two-level’ advisory system as illustrated in the chart.

At one level, SEGES communicates directly with its pig producer members but it also works in close co-operation with local veterinarians, 30 farmer-owned advisory services throughout Denmark and companies within the farm supply industry. It is vital that they also have access to the latest scientific developments as they are all major players in the transfer of practicable and useable knowledge to the grassroots of the industry.