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Digital Tools in Pig Farming

Chart of the month (October/2020)

Digitization in agriculture is and remains a central field of innovation, even if some developments have not yet been convincing in practice. The current graphic of the month from DLG-Agrifuture Insights shows that in addition to classic fields of application of digitization – such as profitability analysis and increasing the efficiency of farm inputs – other areas of application are now being used in European pig farming.

78% of the pig farmers in Germany see traceability in the value chain as an important area of application. The background is product safety, but also an as automated and digital as possible return of slaughter data.

This type of use achieved similarly high values in Great Britain and France.

For pig farmers in the Netherlands, traceability is taking a backseat compared to farm management systems, which are the focus of interest for over 80%. These digital tools combine production planning and controlling with profitability evaluations and bundle all analyzes in one tool.

For two thirds of the pig farmers surveyed in Poland, web portals are an important field of application for the purchase of farm inputs but also for the sale of their own products, mainly thanks to greater market transparency and better prices.

DLG-Agrifuture Insights – a comprehensive view on agricultural development 

DLG-Agrifuture Insights, which was launched to replace and extend the scope of the DLG’s Trendmonitor Europe surveys late last year, has been introduced to supply insights into the developments taking place in the world’s most important agricultural regions at a time when the international agricultural sector is changing rapidly, and technologies, markets and market relations, structures and processes are all in a state of transition. 

The focus of DLG-Agrifuture Insights is on animal husbandry and crop production, machinery and equipment, management, business climate and willingness to invest, identifying the top five investment areas and prevailing policies. It helps identify current trends and to assess business climate and expectations. This helps support agribusiness companies in developing strategies in international markets, and gives entrepreneurial farmers important stimuli for developing their businesses.
The DLG-Agrifuture Insights findings are reached by questioning a global panel made up of 2,000 future-oriented farmers in 13 countries – Brazil, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, USA and Zambia. Surveys are conducted every February/March in the southern hemisphere and every August/September in the northern hemisphere, with the findings supplemented by continuous background research and regular interviews with top decision-makers.