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Lorry wash project
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Read the full project report, with findings and recommendations
BPEX lorry wash project (3.76MB)
Application form for trial sites
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
BPEX is launching a new trial programme later this year and is looking for organisations that may be willing to participate. As part of the BPEX re-organisation, technical regional forums have been created and these are tasked with identifying current production problems and areas for further investigation, trial work and demonstration.
Application for for trial sites (28.91KB)
Application for for trial sites (101.00KB)
Antimicrobial Resistance Roundtable Draft Recommendations 
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
he Antimicrobial Resistance Roundtable was held on 9th October 2014. 
Antimicrobial Resistance Roundtable Draft Recommendations (185.99KB)
Resisting Resistance
Monday, 20 October 2014
BPEX strategy for reducing antimicrobial usage across the sector
BPEX strategy for reducing antimicrobial usage across the sector (136.70KB)
Study of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus in UK pigs at slaughter in 2013 Report
Friday, 17 October 2014
Download the baseline study report
PEDV Baseline Report (431.75KB)
Free Diarrhoea Testing
Friday, 17 October 2014
BPEX is funding testing of samples from diarrhoea outbreaks in pigs on premises in England and Wales. This is to help increase the chances of early detection of virulent porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) which has been spreading in North America and elsewhere in the world, BPEX are funding PEDv PCR testing of faeces or intestinal contents from outbreaks of diarrhoea in any age of pig on premises in England and Wales. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), previously AHVLA, is doing the testing.
BPEX funded PED PCR for Diarrhoea Outbreaks (64.83KB)
Meteorological effects on seasonal infertility in pigs by Anna Lemoine
Monday, 23 June 2014
Thesis
Thesis on Meteorological effects on seasonal infertility in pigs by Anna Lemoine (3.18MB)
Real Welfare - What's in it for me
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Real Welfare has now been a fact of life for a year and its aims are unchanged, though there have been changes in how the results areachieved. There were some issues that needed addressing. Followinga structured review of BPEX’s Real Welfare protocol, involving inputfrom key stakeholders such as vets, producers, processors and RedTractor, a number of changes have been made and revisions are stillongoing.
Real Welfare - What's in it for me
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
Real Welfare has now been a fact of life for a year and its aims are unchanged, though there have been changes in how the results areachieved. There were some issues that needed addressing. Followinga structured review of BPEX’s Real Welfare protocol, involving inputfrom key stakeholders such as vets, producers, processors and RedTractor, a number of changes have been made and revisions are stillongoing.
Real Welfare Whats in it for me (94.81KB)
Evaluation of the disposal methods of fallen livestock, with the development of anaerobic digestion as a novel on-farm storage and bioreduction process -Thesis by Marie Kirby
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Evaluation of the disposal methods of fallen livestock, with the development of anaerobic digestion as a novel on-farm storage and bioreduction process -Thesis by Marie Kirby
Thesis - Marie Kirby (3.93MB)
Countdown to new EU salmonella testing legislation
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
2014 will see some significant changes in EU legislation surrounding salmonella control in abattoirs, however BPEX advises that, as the primary providers, producers need to be equally conscious of the changes afoot, and understand what responsibilities will fall on them, and when.
Countdown to new EU salmonella testing legislation (98.34KB)
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)
BPEX Abattoir Newsletter - Issue 1 - December 2013
Friday, 3 January 2014
Latest newsletter
Abattoir Newsletter - December 2013 (1.03MB)
New Approaches to Diagnostics of Haemophilus parasuis related disease - Year 2 update
Friday, 11 October 2013
New Approaches to Diagnostics of Haemophilus parasuis related disease - Year 2 update
New Approaches to Diagnostics of Haemophilus parasuis related disease - Year 2 update (41.63KB)
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)
Porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED)
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
A major outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea in the US is causing losses of 50 to 100% of affected piglets. It has been reported on 200 units in 13 states since May. It also appears to be spreading. In China more than a million piglets have died in an outbreak which started in October 2010. The virus from the outbreak in the US is said to be 99.4% similar to that from China.
Porcine epidemic diarrhoea PED (116.04KB)
Finisher recording sheet for Real Welfare scoring (for BUREAU data entry)
Monday, 24 June 2013
Bureay datasheet (portrait)
Finisher recording sheet for Real Welfare scoring for BUREAU data entry portrait (35.11KB)
Feeder Review Tender
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Tenders are invited by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board operating through its BPEX division (‘BPEX’) for manufacturers to have their feeders reviewed in a commercial environment. The review will be undertaken to cover pigs from 7kg, through to finish.
Manufacturers are asked to submit one feeder per group (flatdeck/grower 7-35kg, finisher 35-105kg), covering all types, troughs and round feeders.
Feeder Review Tender (47.58KB)
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)
Studentship Guidelines
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Guidelines for the completion of the AHDB Studentship Proposal form
Studentship Guidelines (45.32KB)
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)
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)
Research into Action 13 - Measurement of Acute Phase proteins
Thursday, 1 November 2012
Development of improved disease monitoring tools: Measurement of Acute Phase proteins in oral fluid to help assess sub-clinical disease in pigs.
Research into Action 13 - Measurement of Acute Phase proteins (637.96KB)
Effects of low protein diets on lean genotype pigs – growth, feed / N-intake and fat indicators
Friday, 5 October 2012
Lutz BÜNGER, Nicola LAMBE, Kirsty McLEAN, Giacomo CESARO, Grant WALLING, Helen WHITNEY, Steven JAGGER, Peter FULLARTON, Nigel PENLINGTON, Charlotte MALTIN, Jackie BAYNTUN, Jeff WOOD
Effects of low protein diets on lean genotype pigs (875.27KB)
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)
Research into Action 12 - Porcine post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome (Part 2)
Friday, 6 July 2012
The aim of this study was to identify the risk factors and their association with the severity of PMWS at farm level.
12. Porcine post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome genetic-environmental interactions Part 2 (233.31KB)
Life Cycle Assessment of UK Pig Production Systems
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
The consequences of using home grown protein sources in pig diets.

Katie Louise Stephen; Masters of Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh
Life Cycle Assessment of UK Pig Production Systems (703.51KB)
Disease Eradication Initiative in pigs
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Jennifer Kate Waters; The University of Leeds, Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences
Disease Eradication Initiative in pigs (1.62MB)
Assessment of animal welfare on British pig farms
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Animal Welfare Assessment in Veterinary Education: Its theory and practical application to domestic pigs.

A thesis submitted by Angela J. Wright as part of the assessment for the Degree of Doctor of Philosopy, University of London.

Note: this document is 6MB in size and therefore may take a few minutes to download.
Assessment of animal welfare on British pig farms (6.14MB)
Beyond herd prevalence What are the British pigs telling us about their welfare (743.01KB)
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)
Nitrogen excretion at different stages of growth and its association with production traits in growing pigs
Friday, 15 June 2012
Nitrogen excretion at different stages of growth and its association with production traits in growing pigs.

M. Shirali, A. Doeschl-Wilson, P. W. Knap, C. Duthie, E. Kanis, J. A. M. van Arendonk and R. Roehe.

J ANIM SCI published online December 16, 2011


Nitrogen excretion at different stages of growth and its association with production traits in growing pigs (334.40KB)
Porcine circovirus type 2 infection before and during an outbreak of postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome on a pig farm in the UK
Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Veterinary Record: 10.1136/vr.100276
PCV2 Vet Record article May 2012 (752.36KB)
BPEX Research and Development - Invitations to Tender
Thursday, 5 April 2012
The objective of BPEX Research and Development is to deliver a flow of new products, processes and services to improve efficiency; maximise value and provide an evidence base for the industry. . The BPEX Research and Development programme consists of both applied and strategic research with the balance between the two varying according to topic. The main priority is near-market research where outcomes can be implemented practically by the pig industry. A key focus is to support the knowledge transfer team in the delivery of the 2 Tonne Sow Strategy and facilitate practical implementation of research and development to improve production efficiency. Research proposals are invited for new projects in the areas of interest outlined in this Call.
Emissions to environment (506.50KB)
Emissions to environment (193.03KB)
Health welfare monitoring (492.50KB)
Health welfare monitoring (193.31KB)
Herd health score (508.00KB)
Herd health score (193.66KB)
Invitation to tender - full document (143.50KB)
Invitation to tender - full document (81.98KB)
Non-invasive testing (507.00KB)
Non-invasive testing (194.33KB)
Salmonella carcase (505.50KB)
Salmonella carcase (191.33KB)
Salmonella on-farm (503.50KB)
Salmonella on-farm (188.75KB)
eFoodChainMap Offers a Wealth of Industry Information - 20 February 2012
Monday, 20 February 2012
Comprehensive information about the red meat food chain across the UK is now just a click away thanks to an interactive online map launched by EBLEX and BPEX.
BPEX Innovation Fund - tried and tested ideas
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Profit from ideas tried and tested on farm - A leaflet on the bpex innovation fund.
BPEX Innovation Fund (392.93KB)
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.
Phd Applications For 2012
Friday, 9 December 2011
Phd Studentships for 2012 - please click the link below to download linvitation, application and guidance notes.
Invitation Letter (273.50KB)
Phd Application Form (177.00KB)
Phd Guidance Notes (155.00KB)
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