On July 12, the meeting of the jury of the 29th edition of the Porc d’Or Awards was held at the IRTA-Fruitcentre headquarters in Lleida.
In this 29th edition, a total of 580 farms were analyzed with an average of 1450 breeding sows present on each farm, for a total of 841,000 sows analyzed. After the Porc d’Or jury’s meticulous evaluation of each one of them, finally 108 farms have been selected, with a total of 120 nominations. As in every edition, on the one hand, The white pig farms will be awarded based on the production criteria of Number of Piglets Weaned per Low Sow (LDCB), Farrowing Rate (TP) and Numerical Productivity (PN).in each of the five categories created according to the number of sows on the farm. In this way, and taking into account that one gold, one silver and one bronze statuette will be awarded for each criterion and category, a total of 45 awards will be presented on November 25.
To these we must add three more awards: Zoetis Special Porc d’Or for Innovation, Special Porc d’Or for Maximum Productivity and MAPA Special Porc d’Or. Special awards highlighting, respectively, those farms that excel in specific aspects related to innovation, productivity, and health, animal welfare and environmental preservation. In addition, of course, to the Porc d’Or Special Diamond, the highest award, which will go to the one considered the best white pig farm based on its overall management and handling, as well as compliance with the main sanitary, zootechnical and animal welfare standards.
The jury of the awards is composed of prominent personalities belonging to the swine sector, both public and private, which in this 29th edition are: on behalf of the General Subdirectorate of Livestock and Hunting Productions of the MAPA, José Luis Agüero, Deputy General Manager, Pablo Bernardos, Deputy Assistant General Manager, Jesús Salas, head of the swine area, and Ruth Morales, head of service; on behalf of the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Mercè Soler, Deputy Director General of Livestock, and Montserrat Alamós, head of the Livestock Management Service; on behalf of the National Association of Pig Producers (Anprogapor), its director, Montserrat Alamós; on behalf of the National Association of Pig Producers (Anprogapor), its director, Montserrat Alamós. Miguel Ángel Higuera; on behalf of the National Association of Selected Swine Breeders (ANPS), its secretary, Miguel Ángel Higuera; and on behalf of the National Association of Selected Swine Breeders (ANPS), its secretary, Miguel Ángel Higuera. Adoración Llorente; the professors of Animal Production Vicente Rodríguez (University of Córdoba) and Gerardo Blanco (University of Lleida); on behalf of Zoetis, Javier Abadías, technical services of the Pig Unit; on behalf of IRTA, Carles Rosell, manager of the Animal Production area, Raquel Quintanilla, head of the Genetics and Animal Breeding program, and Carles Vilaltaepidemiological researcher; Jordi Baliellasveterinarian of the Lleida Swine Sanitation Group; Maria AparicioDirector of Digital Transformation in Livestock at PigChamp; Carmen Cía, Content Editor at 333; Pedro LopezDevelopment Director of 333 Academy and Tusell FreedomSecretary of the jury and Data Management specialist of the BDporc-IRTA group. The meeting had the follow-up and technical support of Núria Alòs, BDporc-IRTA database specialist.