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Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 22: Simple calculations
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
For producers not using an electronic recording system, there are some simple ways of calculating three key performance indicators:
Feed conversion
Daily gain
Mortality
Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 22 Simple calculations (337.09KB)
Research into Action 22 - On-farm storage and bioreduction of non-ruminant livestock
Thursday, 23 January 2014
This note highlights the key findings from a BPEX-funded research project carried out at Harper Adams University. The project investigated the feasibility of anaerobic digestion as a cost-effective, sustainable and biosecure method of on-farm storage and bioreduction of fallen livestock for the pig industry.
Research into Action 22 (237.58KB)
Research into Action 21 - Mathematical modelling of the dynamics and control of Salmonella
Monday, 7 October 2013
This note highlights the key findings from a research project carried out at the University of Liverpool which was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and BPEX, as part of a Collaborative Award in Science and Engineering (CASE) studentship.
Research into Action 21 - Dynamics and control of Salmonella (211.55KB)
Research into Action 20 - Meteorological effects on seasonal infertility in pigs
Thursday, 12 September 2013
This note highlights key findings from a BPEX-funded PhD studentship carried out by the University of Leeds.
Research into Action 20 - Meteorological effects on seasonal infertility in pigs (406.91KB)
Research into Action 19 - Slot closure inserts
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Trialling new slot reduction and closure techniques for British Pig Production
Research into Action 19 - Slot closure inserts (114.15KB)
Research into Action 18 - Steel bar inserts
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Trialling new slot reduction and closure techniques for British Pig Production
Research into Action 18 - Steel bar inserts (336.95KB)
Research into Action 17 - Slot reducers
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Trialling new slot reduction and closure techniques for British Pig Production.
Research into Action 17 - Slot reducers (417.19KB)
PMWS economic calculator
Monday, 8 July 2013
An economic calculator to assess how much the disease cost to your farm could be and what the most cost-efficient strategies for your farm are.
PMWS economic calculator (12.81MB)
Agrosoft Workshops
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Regional workshop dates can be found here.
Agrosoft Workshops (60.22KB)
Breed +3 Sow Management Workshop - 18 April 2013 starting 6pm
Friday, 12 April 2013
Production Methods from the Netherlands – Ton Boerkamps
Feeding our Sows for Productivity – Dr Phil Baynes

Click below for more info
Sow Management Workshop - 18 April 2013 (72.00KB)
Research into Action 16 - Reducing phosphorus P levels in gestating sow diets
Thursday, 11 April 2013
The aim of the project was to demonstrate that dietary phosphorus (P) levels in outdoor gestating sow diets can be reduced below the current commercial standards without negative effects on animal health and performance, while at the same time reducing diffuse phosphorus levels in the manure and effluent and consequently reducing the phosphorus load to the environment.
Research into Action 16 - Reducing phosphorus P levels in gestating sow diets (305.95KB)
36. Finisher Challenge champion
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Farm Case Study 36: Improving finishing herd performance

Farm Case Study 36 Improving finishing herd performance (191.30KB)
35. Individual wallows reduce heat stress
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Farm Case Study 35: Wallows in farrowing paddocks
Farm Case Study 35 Wallows in farrowing paddocks (251.78KB)
Research into Action 6 - Life Cycle Assessment of UK Pig Production Systems
Thursday, 17 January 2013
The aim of the project was to quantify the environmental impacts of producing grower-finisher pigs (12–105kg) using different diet scenarios.
Research into Action 6 - Life Cycle Assessment of UK Pig Production Systems (252.87KB)
Action for Productivity handbook - order form
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Download an order form to request your copy of the folder.


2013 Wall Planner
To request a copy of the 2013 wall planner please call 0247 647 8792 or email kt@bpex.ahdb.org.uk with your postal address.
Action for Productivity handbook - order form (890.78KB)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - September 2012
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Selected highlights from the AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report (September 2012)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report September 2012 (511.35KB)
BPEX and NPA's joint briefing for MP's
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
BPEX and the NPA have joined forces to hold a briefing for MPs highlighting the problems caused by the huge rises in feed costs and concerns about enforcement of EU directive 2001/88/EC on pig welfare from 1st January 2013.

The briefing take place on Thursday December 6 and it is hoped Farming Minister David Heath may attend.

More than a dozen MPs or their researchers have agreed to attend the meeting chaired by Richard Bacon MP.
Creep Helps Reduce Pig Feed Costs - 27 November 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Creep feeding pigs is one of several ways to reduce overall feed costs, discussed by nutritionist Dr Steve Jagger from ABN during BPEX’s latest live online workshop.
Exploring the distributions of the lesions across the regions by quarters
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
BPHS July 2011 – June 2012
Exploring the distributions of the lesions across the regions by quarters (914.20KB)
Exploring BPHS lesions time trends
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
(July 2005-September 2012)
Exploring BPHS lesions time trends (1.26MB)
New Approaches to Diagnostics of Haemophilus parasuis related disease
Monday, 12 November 2012
Year 1 project update
New Approaches to Diagnostics of Haemophilus parasuis related disease (79.48KB)
Light Pig Syndrome: What causes it and how can it be overcome?
Monday, 12 November 2012
Year 2 Project update
Light Pig Syndrome What causes it and how can it be overcome (86.10KB)
Reduction of pathogen load in the environment of pigs
Friday, 9 November 2012
Year 1 project update
Reduction of pathogen load in the environment of pigs (119.26KB)
Combined spatial and network analyses of British pig movement data
Friday, 9 November 2012
Year 3 project update (2011/12)
Combined spatial and network analyses of British pig movement data (127.81KB)
Reducing the excretion of phosphorus (P) from growing and finishing pig systems
Friday, 9 November 2012
Year 2 project update report (2011/12).
Reducing the excretion of phosphorus P from growing and finishing pig systems (37.25KB)
Predicting leg soundness through biomechanical assessment of gait in pigs
Friday, 9 November 2012
Year 2 annual report (2011/12)
Predicting leg soundness through biomechanical assessment of gait in pigs (42.22KB)
Research into Action 15 - Reducing phosphorus (P) levels in grower and finisher diets
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
The aim of the project was to demonstrate that dietary phosphorus can be reduced below the current commercial standards without negative effects on pig health and performance, whilst at the same time reducing diffuse phosphorus levels in the manure and effluent, and consequently reducing phosphorus load to the environment.
Research into Action 15 - Reducing phosphorus P levels in grower and finisher diets (234.07KB)
A Glossary of Carcase and Meat Quality Terms
Monday, 24 September 2012
The glossary aims to provide the livestock and meat industries, as well as students, with a comprehensive reference text of technical terms relevant to carcase and meat quality. The focus is on the cattle, sheep and pig industries and we have attempted to cover a broad range of terms relating to the complex processes involved in the production of meat and associated problems that can arise. Since this publication is based on our knowledge, any errors are ours and the definitions should not be deemed to be official definitions.
A GLOSSARY OF CARCASE AND MEAT QUALITY TERMS (704.09KB)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - July 2012
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Selected highlights from the AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report (July 2012)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - July 2012 (55.79KB)
Strategic de-stocking and a review of slaughter weight decisions
Monday, 17 September 2012
Action for Productivity 42: Strategic de-stocking
Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 21: A review of slaughter weight decisions
Action for Productivity 42 Strategic de-stocking (162.84KB)
Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 21 A review of slaughter weight decisions (87.89KB)
Genetics of litter size and prenatal survival in pigs (abstract)
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Silvia C. Hernandez Velasco, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Genetics of litter size and prenatal survival in pigs (8.61KB)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - June 2012
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Selected highlights from the AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report (June 2012)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - June 2012 (276.94KB)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - May 2012
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Selected highlights from the AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report (May 2012)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - May 2012 (228.45KB)
34. Happy as a pig in... grass
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Farm Case Study 34: Grass cover
Farm Case Study 34 Grass cover (106.73KB)
33. Night inspections pay off
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Farm Case Study 33: Night checks


33. Night inspections pay off (200.78KB)
32. Waste not, want not
Sunday, 8 July 2012
Farm Case Study 32: Anaerobic Digestion
Farm Case Study 32 Anaerobic Digestion (149.36KB)
31. Hands off handling
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Farm Case Study 31: Piglet sorter
Farm Case Study 31 Piglet sorter (841.71KB)
•AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - April 2012
Monday, 25 June 2012
•AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - April 2012
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - April 2012 (281.02KB)
VLA Quarterly Surveillance Report - Q1 2012
Monday, 25 June 2012
These reports aim to identify emerging animal disease related threats. Their production is underpinned by a large amount of surveillance data and information compiled as part of the Defra Food and Farming Group animal disease surveillance programme. Some of these data can be viewed on the AHVLA website.
http://www.defra.gov.uk/vla/reports/rep_intro.htm
VLA Quarterly Surveillance Report - Q1 2012 (199.60KB)
Home-grown peas and faba beans can replace SBM in commercial pig diets
Friday, 15 June 2012
Aim: To demonstrate whether peas and faba beans can replace SBM in grower and finisher pig diets under commercial conditions.
SAC Green Pig Poster (155.22KB)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - March 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - March 2012
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - March 2012 (243.78KB)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - January 2012
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - January 2012
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - January 2012 (73.92KB)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - December 2011
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - December 2011
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - December 2011 (81.01KB)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - November 2011
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - November 2011
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - November 2011 (183.41KB)
PIPR New Entrants Category
Thursday, 1 March 2012
New to the Pig Industry or studying at college?

The Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) is the first CPD scheme to be launched in the livestock sector and is open to all staff with in the industry, including students and people just joining the industry who are keen to develop their potential in the industry.
PIPR New Entrants Category (26.50KB)
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - October 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - October 2011
AHVLA Surveillance Monthly Report - October 2011 (165.52KB)
30. Sustainable Farming
Friday, 9 December 2011
Farm Case Study 30: Green Pig Project
Farm Case Study 30 Green Pig Project (312.46KB)
THE EFFECT OF “RESCUE DECKS” ON PRE-WEANING MORTALITY IN A PROLIFIC SOW HERD
Friday, 9 December 2011
With support from a BPEX Innovation Fund Grant, a 10 deck system was installed on Stuart Bosworth’s 270 sow farrow to finish pig unit, to evaluate the system for the benefit of the wider pig industry.
New Split Suckle For Survival Video
Thursday, 8 December 2011
A new video has just been added to the BPEX website which shows Tom Lloyd from the Hartpury College Pig Unit demonstrating split suckling and explaining the suckling pattern on the unit.
29. Make money from the sun!
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Farm case study 29: Renewable Energy Solar PV
Case Studt 29 Solar PV (139.81KB)
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