agri benchmark Pig

Project

 (c) Thünen-Institut/Simon Küest

agri benchmark Pig

Pork is the most popular meat in the world. The network agri benchmark Pig analyses the profitability of pig production and determines the competitiveness at production system and farm level

Approach

To gain information about pig production it is necessary to divide the data collection into two parts. For one thing information on farm level (I) and for another thing information about the connected up- and downstream agribusiness (II) are collected.

(I) Farm level

Concerning the farm level, agri benchmark Pig will establish a database of typical farms and production systems in each participating country. The methods for data collection, processing and dissemination of results are standardised, unifying the work criteria of all partners.

A typical farm is an existing farm or a data set describing a farm in a specific region of a country which represents a large share of output for the product considered. The typical farm runs the prevailing production system for the product considered by reflecting land and capital resources as well as the prevailing type of labour organisation. The data source can be panel of farmers (with consensus data or typified individual data), expert knowledge of agri benchmark researchers and advisors or available statistics. 

In order to establish and maintain a profound database, the number of required typical farms depends on the scope of the analysis, the diversity of production systems, the farm size structure, the size of the country and available financial resources. At best there will be three farms per region:

  • one moderate sized farm with average economic success
  • one large sized farm with average economic success
  • one large sized farm with a very good economic result

This data allows covering the prevailing part of the pig production in each region.

(II) The connected up- and downstream agribusiness:

Due to the relatively high degree of integration in pig production, the network will also provide comparable additional information on up- and downstream agribusiness for each country’s pig production. The dataset will cover the following items:

  • general economic and legal situation
  • pattern of meat consumption
  • prices (weaning piglet, slaughter pig etc.)
  • farm structure
  • production (productivity, development of productivity)
  • marketing channels
  • industry structure (slaughter industry, food retailers etc.)
  • vertical integration
  • foreign trade (exports and imports)

Preliminary Results

Based on these methods, the network was established in the years 2016 and 2017.

At the beginning of 2019 the network comprises 17 countries.

Jointly with the InterPIG Network annual conferences were organised in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The 2019 conference will take place in Beijing (China).

In 2016, we published the agri benchmark Pig Report 2016, showing the main results of the network activities. In 2017 and 2018 we published short Reports, the 2017 in also in German language and a focus on the competitiveness of the German pig production. The data sets are and will be used for further analysis on animal welfare, environment and sustainability issues. Details on data, network, results and publications can be found on the website at  www.agribenchmark.org/pig .

Schweinemaststall von Außen (© Institut du porc/Boris Duflot)

Links and Downloads

www.agribenchmark.org/pig

Thünen-Contact


Involved Thünen-Partners


Involved external Thünen-Partners

  • global networks (gUG)
    (Braunschweig, Deutschland)

Duration

2.2012 - 12.2020

Publications

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  1. Verhaagh M (2019) Das kostet der Schnitt [Interview]. Agrarheute(11 (Schwein)):14-15
  2. Verhaagh M, Rohlmann C (2019) PIG-Konferenz in China im Jahr des Schweins. JB Erzeugerring Westfalen:106-109
  3. Kress K, Verhaagh M (2019) Sind die Alternativen profitabel? : Ökonomische Analyse der Produktion von Immunkastraten und Jungebern in Deutschland. Fleischwirtsch 99(12):26-29
  4. Rohlmann C, Verhaagh M, Efken J (2019) Steckbriefe zur Tierhaltung in Deutschland: Ferkelerzeugung und Schweinemast. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 21 p
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 1642 kb
  5. Deblitz C, Verhaagh M (2018) Deutschland kann mithalten. DLG Mitt(3):92-94
  6. Verhaagh M, Deblitz C (2017) Nur die Ebermast ist langfristig rentabel. Top Agrar(3):12-16
  7. Verhaagh M, Deblitz C, Rohlmann C (2017) Pig Report 2017 (deutsche Version). Braunschweig: Thünen-Institut, 21 p
  8. Verhaagh M (2017) Thünen-Institut für Betriebswirtschaft und Erzeugerring Westfalen wollen gemeinsam Diskussionen versachlichen. JB Erzeugerring Westfalen:64-65
  9. Deblitz C, Verhaagh M (2017) Wir sind Weltmeister. DLZ Primus Schwein(5):34-36
  10. Deblitz C, Verhaagh M (2016) agri benchmark 2016 Pig report : understanding agriculture worldwide [online]. 20 p, zu finden in <http://catalog.agribenchmark.org/blaetterkatalog/ExtraktPigReport2016/#page_1> [zitiert am 24.01.2017]
  11. Deblitz C, Verhaagh M, Zimmer Y (2016) Pig report 2016 : understanding agriculture worldwide. Braunschweig: agri benchmark ; Thünen-Institut, 54 p