Defra looks to get a grip on pig performance data

Written by Sam Trendall on 13 November 2019 in News
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Department seeks supplier to help it bring together information

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The government is seeking to get a better handle on data on the performance of the UK’s pigs.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board has published a contract notice seeking to hear from suppliers that could potentially help it with the publication of “quarterly pig performance data for Great Britain”.

AHDB, an arm’s length body of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, currently publishes a range of information related to the UK’s pig herds. This includes information on productivity, weaning, birth rates, and infant mortality.


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The organisation wishes to explore how the detail or scope of this data could be improved and, ahead of the possible launch of a formal procurement process, is seeking input from market players.

“The objective of [this] RFI request for information is to better understand the appetite and supply landscape for pig performance data, particularly in regards to both the capacity and capability of the wider marketplace, and the scope/feasibility of the drafted service requirement."

AHDB added that is “looking for data sets from already existing pig-management systems or software and are not looking to develop bespoke recording systems”. 

It said that it wishes to separately address information sets related to “indoor and outdoor sows”.

“We are also seeking pig performance data for rearing and finishing systems,” the organisation added. "AHDB are investigating which suppliers are willing and capable of providing pig performance data.”

Interested parties have until 19 December to respond to the RFI.

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