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A Novel Transport System for Slaughter Pigs

Objective

There is considerable concern about the effects of transport and associated handling on the welfare of pigs. In the EU, regulations to protect animals during transport are laid down in Council Regulation 1/2005. Due to the small profit margins in the pig industry, however, improving pig welfare must go hand in hand with economic benefits to get a sustainable solution. This poses a challenge to all parties involved in the logistic chain, many of whom are SMEs. TRANSUS proposes a revolutionary new concept for the groupwise transport of pigs, i.e. to use the concept of standardized container transport, taking into account animal welfare and hygiene requirements. An easy-to-handle, stackable, transport container enables cost-effective transport of slaughter pigs (circa 10 pigs/container) from farm to slaughterhouse, because (a) (un)loading of individual pigs can be done without the (expensive) lorry being present (only (un)loading of containers is necessary and can be done by a standard forklift truck), (b) once in the container, the pigs do not need to be handled individually until they are ready for further processing at the slaughterhouse (stress reduction in the pigs), (c) cleaning of empty containers can be done offline, and (d) the containers can be developed in a modular way, allowing optimised designs for expected group sizes, logistic handling at the farm and at the slaughterhouse, and cleaning/disinfection. Although in essence the transport container is suitable for SMEs to develop and manufacture, the total mix of requirements and logistic procedures in the pig meat industry, necessitates application research. The R&D activities have been organised in a number of work packages and will be carried out in close collaboration between SME and RTD participants, with activities as system specifications, pig welfare research, development of the transport container, trials and assessments, and elaboration on ways of exploitation.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

PRO SUPPORT BV
Address
Amarilstraat 11
7550 AN Hengelo
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 300 347
Administrative Contact
Juras Ulbikas (Dr.)

Participants (12)

BUTINA AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 176 199,60
Address
Ydervang 5
4300 Holbaek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacob Kildegaard (Mr.)
EMBUTIDOS LUIS GIL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 124 382
Address
Carretera De Albelda 17
26141 Alberite
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Delia Gil (Ms.)
HEINRICH MANTEN QUALITATSFLEISCH VOM NIEDERRHEIN GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 119 113
Address
Mohlendyck 11
47608 Geldern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heiner Manten (Mr.)
W. SLEEGERS INTERNATIONAAL VEETRANSPORT BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 64 363
Address
Kaak 5
5763 PK Milheeze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Willie Sleegers (Mr.)
JESPER OG TORBEN BANG IS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 105 990,66
Address
Ørsbjerg Skovvej 4
5560 Aarup
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Torben Bang (Mr.)
G.E.BAKER (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 155 820,43
Address
Heath Road
IP30 9RN Woolpit, Bury St Edmunds
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Glyn Baker (Mr.)
TECNOCARNICO VALLE DEL EBRO S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 89 913,31
Address
Calle Los Huertos Poligono Tejerias 41
26500 Calahorra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Manuel Celorrio (Mr.)
LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURES BV
Netherlands
Address
Rotterdamseweg 380
Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rik Brouwer (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA
Spain
Address
Avenida De Los Castros S/n
39005 Santander
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juan José San Miguel Roncero (Mr.)
Re/gent B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Lagedijk 22
5705BZ Helmond
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martien Janssen (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Susanne Støier (Ms.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laura Boyle (Dr.)