Global feed additives manufacturer the Adisseo Group has bought a minority stake in the digital pig herd management business PigCHAMP Pro Europa.

Adisseo, part of the Chinese-owned Bluestar, has acquired a 24.99% shareholding in PigCHAMP, which is based at Segovia in Spain. It says the investment in precision livestock farming (PLF) will help bring innovative solutions to market and support the sustainability of the animal production industry through efficiency, welfare, biosecurity and traceability.

PigChamp was founded 20 years ago to manage herd health, production, reproduction and biosecurity, and it mainly services the Spanish and Portuguese markets. The Biorisk suite providing enhanced digital control of biosecurity on farms and the Sanitrax product improving real-time health and antibiotic use control, while the reproductive software alpws data analysis and the continuous improvement of efficiency and costs.

Adisseo’s Open Innovation (InnovL@b) has identified PLF as a key area to boost specialty product growth. The two companies have worked as partners for several years – Adisseo says the investment is a natural move to accelerate co-operation. PigCHAMP adds that Adisseo’s support will help it expand globally, grow sales and develop its services and offering towards new frontiers, including artificial intelligence and specific equipment and sensors.