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Trichinella Testing Introduced - 28 October 2014
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
A new testing regime comes in at the end of this month as part of EU control on trichinella.
ADAS soil management
Friday, 7 February 2014
ADAS soil management workshops for outdoor pig units
ADAS soils invitation (2.33MB)
'Don't bring it home' ASF poster
Monday, 27 January 2014
'Don't bring it home' ASF poster
ASF poster (1.40MB)
Employment law workshops
Friday, 3 January 2014
Workshops to help pig producers with employment law – including abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board, contracts of employment and pay and holiday entitlements – are being planned by BPEX, following a popular first workshop in the south.
AHVLA respiratory disease alert
Friday, 20 December 2013
In previous years, during the winter months, AHVLA diagnoses of some respiratory diseases, most notably, swine influenza and PRRS, have seen an upward trend and early indications are that there are already more diagnostic submissions to investigate respiratory disease since the end of summer 2013.
Breed+3 producer events update
Friday, 15 November 2013
Stockmanship, teamwork and better record keeping were the topics producers were talking about at the first two BPEX Breed+3 events this week.
AHDB Leadership Skills Workshops
Friday, 20 September 2013
AHDB Leadership Skills workshop dates
AHDB Leadership courses (307.00KB)
Who’s on Your Unit?
Friday, 30 August 2013
Visitors, by appointment or otherwise, can pose a pig health risk – so producers must make farm security a key part of farm biosecurity.
IPPC permit review
Friday, 23 August 2013
For farmers with an IPPC permit (now EPR), there may be changes to what constitutes Best Available Techniques (BAT). A review is being carried out by the European Commission (EC) and pig producers have until early October to comment on it if they wish.
Cleaner Lorries Needed to Help Prevent Disease Spread
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Recent research carried out by the University of Illinois showed that questionable hygiene practises among meat processing plant employees, lorry drivers and others that work at slaughter plants in the US are aiding in the spread of PED virus across the US. PED is spread most commonly by pigs ingesting contaminated faeces.
Calculator counts the cost of pig disease
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Farmers in the UK can calculate how much an endemic disease in pigs has cost them thanks to the work of BBSRC-funded researchers.
Don't miss disease outbreak
Friday, 12 July 2013
“Better to investigate 10 dead ends than miss a serious new outbreak,” said BPEX vet, Derek Armstrong, in response to the quick thinking of an Ontario pig farmer.
Worried about ammonia levels in your pig buildings?
Friday, 28 June 2013
Ammonia (NH3) can affect pigs’ average daily gain and feed utilisation.
FEED SOWS TO IMPROVE PIGLET QUALITY
Friday, 21 June 2013
Pig nutritionists need to help producers improve piglet quality in order to wean more pigs from larger litters born, while geneticists look after piglet quantity. This was the view of Professor Sandra Edwards at the BPEX Innovation Conference, speaking about sow nutrition.
Wallow Management Tips
Friday, 21 June 2013
Wallows are a key method to help outdoor pigs cool down in hot weather and help prevent heat stress.
Agnese Balzani – Newcastle University (Oct 2012 – Oct 2015)
Friday, 14 June 2013
Improving udder quality traits in sows to aid survival, health and lifetime performance of piglets
Pig Pen Swabbing
Friday, 7 June 2013
Health co-ordinator Fiona Roberts is currently visiting farms in the south of England and swabbing ‘clean’ pig pens to get an idea of if, and where, pigs are likely to be exposed to bacterial load.
Integrated fly management on farm
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Effective fly control is vital to maintaining high health and productivity in pig production.
Insect Bite Condemnations
Friday, 24 May 2013
Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a significant increase in the number of units whose pigs have been affected by insect bites.
International Young Butcher Competition
Friday, 10 May 2013
Andrew Brassington of Ludlow Food Centre and Kyle Mottram of Keelham Farm Shop have been successful in matching the performance of the UK’s 2012 team by finishing in fifth place, ahead of France at this year’s International Young Butcher Competition.
Commission to lift remaining classical swine fever restrictions for Hungary
Friday, 10 May 2013
Yesterday, at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, Member State experts unanimously supported a Commission proposal to remove the remaining health restrictions for classical swine fever in wild boar in Hungary (county of Pest).
BSAS conference - science behind large-scale production
Friday, 10 May 2013
BSAS conference - science behind large-scale production
BSAS (121.78KB)
Meat firms shine in Hong Kong - HOFEX
Friday, 10 May 2013
Meat firms shine in Hong Kong - HOFEX
HOFEX (77.45KB)
Nitrates directive and slurry management review
Friday, 10 May 2013
Nitrates directive and slurry management review
Nitrates update (144.72KB)
Slurry review (70.37KB)
Check for badgers and maintain biosecurity
Friday, 10 May 2013
Wildlife activity is always a potential disease transmission risk for livestock. Outdoor pig producers in particular should be vigilant and check for signs of new badger activity under sheds in straw stacks and barns, in addition to maintaining good biosecurity measures.
Preventing neonatal scours
Friday, 15 March 2013
Good colostrum intake by newborn piglets helps to reduce neonatal scours during the first three or four days of life.
Reproductive performance - it’s a team effort
Friday, 15 March 2013
The development of the BPEX AI Standard was the result of a unique collaboration between all five of the main breeding companies, along with technical input from the internationally recognised AI consultant, Hanneke Feistma DVM, from IPG based in the Netherlands.
BPEX Export Bulletin: Week 08 - 22 February 2013
Friday, 22 February 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin: Week 08 - 22 February 2013
BPEX Export Bulletin Week 08 - 22 February 2013 (80.62KB)
Prevent Disease Spread
Friday, 15 February 2013
Research has shown there is potential for disease transmission between pig farms that use the same haulier within a short period of time, even if the farms do not share pig movements. This highlights the need to ensure adequate cleaning and disinfection of transporters between pick-ups.
Pig Industry Scholarship
Friday, 15 February 2013
The new Pig Industry Scholarship programme at Harper Adams aims to raise the profile of career opportunities in the pig industry, covering the supply and allied industries as well as producers.
It’s a practical step to help secure potential new entrants to the pig industry by offering a scholarship and an industrial placement year, funded by pig industry companies.
Pig Industry Scholarship (260.17KB)
Pleurisy Needs Attention
Thursday, 31 January 2013
More cases of pleurisy are being reported in pigs, with one abattoir seeing 15% of pigs affected. BPEX estimates the total cost of pleurisy to pig producers is as high as £2.30 for every pig slaughtered in England.
Pleurisy Needs Attention
Thursday, 31 January 2013
More cases of pleurisy are being reported in pigs, with one abattoir seeing 15% of pigs affected. BPEX estimates the total cost of pleurisy to pig producers is as high as £2.30 for every pig slaughtered in England.

Choosing the Right Disinfectant
Friday, 18 January 2013
Not every disinfectant is suitable for every use on every unit. It is important that the correct disinfectant is used for the needs of your farm. Also, any disinfectant is only effective when thorough cleaning and drying has taken place prior to its use.
Choosing the Right Disinfectant
Friday, 18 January 2013
Not every disinfectant is suitable for every use on every unit. It is important that the correct disinfectant is used for the needs of your farm. Also, any disinfectant is only effective when thorough cleaning and drying has taken place prior to its use.

Cut Worm Burden
Friday, 4 January 2013
A high worm burden can affect feed conversion ratio (FCR) and daily gain in growing and finishing pigs. To limit the worm burden of your herd:
BPEX marketing feature in The Grocer
Friday, 14 December 2012
A special report on the prospects facing the pig meat supply chain
BPEX campaign update in The Grocer (4.75MB)
BPEX African Swine Fever poster
Friday, 14 December 2012
BPEX has produced a poster illustrating the current risks associated with European cured meat and its potential to carry African Swine Fever (ASF) and other pig diseases.
ASF poster (1.40MB)
Calling outdoor pig units - Winter labour use
Friday, 14 December 2012
BPEX and Delta Innovation would like to ask outdoor pig producers for their views on labour usage on outdoor pig units during the winter. This is part of a unique project to help save time and money on pig farms, which is supported by a BPEX Innovation Fund grant.
BPEX Weekly - 7 August 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, See Liz McLarnon, Autumn Recipes, Looking for Magical Bangers, Tip of the Week: Mycotoxins, NVZ Helpline, Influenza Advice, Care of Finishing Pigs, Swine Dysentery Charter, NADIS Latest: Lime Washing, New Chair for AFS, Barbecue Source, Learning Resource, Veterinary Report, Soya Supply Shortage, Greenhouse Gas Row, FMD in Colombia, Tyson Results, Export Bulletin, International Prices and Piggy Footy Matches
BPEX Weekly - 31 July 2009
Friday, 31 July 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, Sausage of the Year, Morrison's Millions, ASDA Barbecue, New Category Report Due, Tip of the Week: Respiration, Tackle Swine Dysentery, Library Goes Live, Online Technical Report, Technical Team Strengthened, Improve Your Returns, Lower Salt and Sugar Plan, Industry Against Weaner Imports, New EBLEX Director, Stand for Election, EU GM Maize Proposal, Environment Impact Survey, Water Cost Influences Closure, H1N1 on Quebec Farm
BPEX Weekly - 23 July 209
Thursday, 23 July 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, Christmas – Just Around the Corner!!, Sausage Week Latest, Chef of the Year Crowned, Love Pork On-Line Competition, Tip of the Week: Hot Air Balloons, Free Manure Analysis, Action for Productivity Library, What is Good Biosecurity?, Latest Publications, Importance of Food Security, NADIS Latest - Lactational Oestrus, Hot Dog Lawsuit, US Pork Exports Down, Canadian Listeria Report, International Prices and Sizzling Sausage Ad Skewered
BPEX Weekly - 17 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, Love Pork On-Line Competition, Farm to Plate Day, Pork and the Credit Crunch, Tip of the Week: Meconium Staining, Hidden Gold in Muck Heaps!, Choose the Right Sire, Free Manure Analysis, Better Business Management, EU Knowledge Transfer Hub, Stuart Roberts to Leave BMPA, Bowes Sells Pig Units, Pig Farmers Sought, Lord Rooker Chairs FSA, Lithuanian CSF Outbreak, Export Bulletin and International Prices
BPEX Weekly - 10 July 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info,Jimmy’s Sausage and Beer Festival, Recipes by Chefs For Chefs, Eating Out on Pork and Sausages, Tip of the Week – Respiratory Disease, A Breath of Fresh Air!, High Flying Managers Wanted, Hunt For New Ideas, Supply Chain Code of Conduct Nears, Tackling Salmonella On-Farm, New Animal Health Advisory Group, EU Report on Food Chain, Russian Import Suspension, Veggies Have Weaker Bones, Latest Agricultural Outlook, International Prices and Tailpiece - Nobody Does it Better
BPEX Weekly - 3 July 2009
Friday, 3 July 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, LIPs Education Pack, LovePork Website, Tip of the Week: Heat Stress, New Cheshire Pig Group, Grants Up For Grabs, PhD Studentship, Health - The Action Starts, Pig Business Screened, Retail Market Summary, NADIS Latest - Shoulder Sores, BVA Call to Abandon Health Body, Smithfield Lay-off, USDA Quarterly Report, Export Bulletin and International Prices
BPEX Weekly - 26 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, Jimmy Needs Help!, BBQ Promotional Material, Campaign Wins Another Award, Tip of the Week: Variation, Mike Varley Joins BPEX, Joint IPPC Lobbying Wins, New BPHS Assessment Dates, Free Business Development Workshop, Interactive Action for Productivity!, Tender Invitation, Knowledge Transfer Hub Created, Pork in Foodservice Report Due, Smithfield Setback
Export Bulletin and International Prices
BPEX Weekly - 19 June 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, Multiple Pick-up and Drop-off, Campaign for Clearer Labels, Ironclad Case for Red Meat, LIPs Online, Black Farmer Joins QSM, Mark Wilson Moves On, Tip of the Week: Control Weeds!, Latest BPHS Report, Soil Management Plans, PCV2 Vaccine Project, Practical Production Training, Health Service for Pigs, Research Into New Crosses, Smithfield Cuts Pig Herd, US Pork Demand to Rebound?, Export Bulletin and International Prices
BPEX Weekly - 5 June 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, How We Beat PMWS, Sausages a Hit at School, Not the Ashes!, Pork Farms Sponsors The Ashes, Tip of the Week: Summer Warning, Mini Muck, New PVS President, Improving Pig Health, Revisions to NVZ Booklets, Cost of Production Report, Casualty Pig Booklet Update, Irish Dioxin Report, Danish Crown Shifts to Germany, US Producers Hopes Dashed, Chinese Pig Sector Challenged, Export Bulletin and International Prices
BPEX Weekly - 29 May 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, PAWI Wins Major Award, Asda – On Pack Stickers, Open Farm Sunday Latest, Country of Origin Breakthrough, Tip of the Week: Feed Quality, Annual Technical Report, Cost and Waste in Finishing, Good News For Producers, NADIS Latest - Stocking Density, US Export Push, Meat Production Falls, Gloomy Year Ahead, Canadian Pig Industry Fears, Meat Science Congress, Export Bulletin, International Prices and Tailpiece: Who Ate All The Pies?
BPEX Weekly - 22 May 2009
Friday, 22 May 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, Open Farm Sunday, ALDI Expands British Pork Range, Children Lack Basic Cooking Skills, Breaking News, Tip of the Week: Heat Stress Options, Regional NPA meeting – Wiltshire, Mini Muck!, Better Communication = Better Remuneration!, Ammonia Emissions, New Salt Targets, Future of QSM, China Pig Breeding Investment, Help for Italian Pig Industry, French Call for Help, Export Bulletin and International Prices
BPEX Weekly - 15 May 2009
Friday, 15 May 2009
The latest edition of the BPEX weekly includes: Finding Latest Feed Info, Bacon is Lording It, Publications Catalogue, Butchers Roadshow, Tip of the Week: Yoyo Dieting Bad For Sows, Milk Line Supplementation, Regional NPA meeting – Diss, Pigs Unearth Bomb, Pig and Poultry Live, Anaerobic Digestion Workshop, Levy Board Appoints Chief Scientist, Smithfield Not To Blame, Genetically Engineered Wheat, Export Bulletin, International Prices and Tailpiece – Pig Chasing Cancelled
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