Bayer Animal Health Launches Global Care4Pigs Grant to Advance Swine Well-Being



The global Care4Pigs initiative offers EUR 30,000 in grants in support of innovations that enhance swine well-being at farm level.


MONHEIM, Germany, March 13, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Ensuring the well-being of animals is an area of growing emphasis for livestock professionals across the world. To support and advance their efforts, Bayer Animal Health has launched the new global Care4Pigs grant initiative.

The Care4Pigs initiative is in collaboration with the Farm Animal Welfare Education Centre (FAWEC) and Korean Association of Swine Veterinarians (KASV), and offers three projects the chance of receiving EUR 10,000 each to support innovation aimed at enhancing swine well-being.

Well-being is a prerequisite for good animal health, and enhancements that benefit the animals ultimately also benefit the farm. Importantly, innovations and advancements in this area are a continuous process and require the long-term commitment of livestock professionals.

Almut Hoffmann, Head of Farm Animal Products Marketing at Bayer Animal Health, says: “Livestock professionals are creative innovators who work to overcome various challenges to keep animals healthy and well-cared for. We see remarkable and forward-thinking work on swine operations around the globe. And we are pleased to extend our support and collaborative knowledge through Care4Pigs to further benefit swine well-being.”

The Care4Pigs initiative aims to support and drive farm-level innovations developed by farmers, farm animal keepers, veterinarians, as well as researchers and graduate students, who are working to enhance swine well-being in innovative and practical ways.

Octavio Orlovsky Eckhardt, Head of Swine Species Marketing at Bayer Animal Health, elaborates: “The Care4Pigs jury will be looking for submissions that demonstrate an innovative approach and measurable benefit on swine well-being. The project’s on-farm practicality and applicability through different systems and production conditions will also be considered, as well as its economic viability.”

Bayer Animal Health will offer grants of EUR 10,000 each, to be awarded to three projects, totaling EUR 30,000. The three successful projects will be selected by a jury comprising of independent animal well-being experts from academia, as well as representatives from the Care4Pigs partner organizations and Bayer Animal Health.

How to apply for a Care4Pigs Grant
Submissions for the Care4Pigs grant are welcome from farmers and farm animal keepers, practicing veterinarians, as well as researchers and graduate students in veterinary medicine, agricultural or animal sciences.

Submitted projects need to demonstrate innovative, practice-oriented ways to improve swine well-being on farm level; they must also be either already underway or planned to start by early 2021.

Grant applications must be submitted by 30th June 2020 at and should include a completed submission form and project proposal.

Visit to find out more about the grant and to apply.

How to enter

Project proposals are to be submitted online at by 30th June 2020.

Grant application submissions should include:

  • A completed submission form
  • A project proposal & description

This should include clear objectives for the project and logistical details, including the proposed utilization of the grant, or milestones/results of an already ongoing project

Entries will be judged by a panel of independent animal well-being experts from academia, alongside representatives of the Farm Animal Welfare Education Centre (FAWEC) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Korean Association of Swine Veterinarians (KASV) and Bayer Animal Health, based on their:

  • Innovative approach
  • Impact on swine well-being
  • On-farm practicality
  • Applicability through different systems and productions conditions
  • Added value to farming operations

About Bayer
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of health care and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to benefit people by supporting efforts to overcome the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its earning power and create value through innovation and growth. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development, and the Bayer brand stands for trust, reliability and quality throughout the world. In fiscal 2019, the Group employed around 104,000 people and had sales of 43.5 billion euros. Capital expenditures amounted to 2.9 billion euros, R&D expenses to 5.3 billion euros. For more information, go to

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KEYWORDS: Care4Pigs, Bayer, swine


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