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Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2010
Thursday, 24 December 2009
BPEX would like to wish everybody in the pig industry a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

If you need to contact BPEX over the festive period call 07771 911891
Pork Imports Fall in 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Pork imports this year have shown a big drop, mostly due to the weakness of the sterling against the Euro says BPEX Senior Economic Analyst Tony Fowler.
Pig Health: Key role for abattoir lorry washes
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Christmas has come early for the pig industry with BPEX offering the chance to win £50. It is part of a new initiative to decrease the risk of disease transmission within the industry – focusing on abattoir lorry wash facilities.

Cutting Pig Industry's Impact
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
The environmental impact and carbon footprint of English pig production are completely interwoven and the industry is seeking to begin to tackle both at the same time.
Two reports were launched yesterday(Wed) looking at the carbon footprint of pig production together with the sustainability of the industry.
New pig wall planner
Friday, 27 November 2009
It is that time of year again! The BPEX 2010 wall planner lands on pig producers’ doorsteps this week.
Funding for Yorkshire pig industry
Friday, 27 November 2009
Pig industry workers in the Yorkshire and Humber region are benefiting from funding for staff development, available through the Yorkshire Landskills programme.
Safety for pig farmers
Friday, 27 November 2009
Farms are dangerous places! But something is being done to reduce the risk of fatalities – a health and safety training course for East Midlands pig farmers will run on 1st December 2009.
Pig managers on course for success
Friday, 20 November 2009
The first 11 managers are ready and waiting to take their place on the BPEX Professional Managers Development Scheme 2010.
Pig price sampled enlarged
Monday, 16 November 2009
The Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) sample is now taking in more of the industry following the decision of FA Gill to join.
Processed pork exports booming
Monday, 16 November 2009
British bacon, sausage and ham exports are hitting new heights with the Republic of Ireland remaining the largest market.
DAPP To stay in current form
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Following discussions by the BPEX board, it has been decided the Deadweight Average Pig Price (DAPP) is to continue in its current form.
Spotlight on pig health in the east
Monday, 9 November 2009
Eastern Health, the new regional pig health improvement project, has been given the green light.

Good news for pork industry
Monday, 9 November 2009
The latest pig cost of production report, published by BPEX, has good news for British producers though not all in the garden is rosy.
BRITISH SAUSAGE APPRECIATION SOCIETY REVEALS THE BANGER AWARD RECIPIENTS 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
You might be waiting to see who is the next Leona Lewis or Alexandra Burke on the X Factor, or who will triumph as king or queen of the dance floor on Strictly Come Dancing; but the award that all the stars are desperate to get their hands on are the much acclaimed British Sausage Week Banger Awards!
Global opportunity for pig industry people
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
People with a passion for the pig industry have a unique opportunity to study and travel as BPEX and Merial Animal Health are jointly sponsoring a Nuffield Scholarship award this year.
Prof Sandra Edwards Wins David Black Award
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Prof Sandra Edwards describes herself as someone who prefers to keep a low profile so some might not be aware of the sustained contribution she has made to the British pig industry.
BUTCHER REGAINS SAUSAGE OF THE YEAR TITLE
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
A traditional ‘Thick Pork Sausage’ has been voted ‘Foodservice Pork Sausage of the Year 2009’ in what was a hotly contested competition.

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New factsheets point to greater pig productivity
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Three new factsheets are now available from BPEX focused squarely on reducing the costs of pig production.
PORK PURCHASES ARE SOARING
Monday, 19 October 2009
Consumer purchases of bacon are soaring and fresh pork and sausages are in hot pursuit according to new figures produced for BPEX.
PIG HEALTH: YOUR CHANCE TO BENEFIT
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Practical steps to improve pig health will be made as the Yorkshire and Humberside Health (YHH) project moves into its next stage. A a series of local producer meetings has been organised, running between late September and mid October, where the main aim is to form local producer clusters
POSITIVE SIGNS FOR ENGLISH PIG SECTOR
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Provisional Defra Pig census results published this week report a 5.5% increase in the English breeding herd during the past twelve months.
PCV2 Vaccines Perfom Well
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Preliminary results suggest that PCV2 vaccines improve pig lifetime performance and shorten the time to slaughter. These are the initial findings of a controlled BPEX trial.
China Is Major Export Opportunity
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Agreement to export pig meat to China is nearing fruition as a delegation of Chinese veterinarians visits the UK next month.
Library Goes Live
Friday, 31 July 2009
The new online library of Action for Productivity sheets is now available on the BPEX website.

BPEX Strengthens Technical Team - 30 July 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
The environment and animal health are important priorities for the pig industry and BPEX is investing in both areas to provide an even better service for producers and processors.
Pork Benefits as Consumers Shop Smarter in the Recession - 2 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Consumers are working out strategies to beat the recession – and pork is benefiting with consumption occasions up 6% and retail value sales up 9%.
Environment - At The Hub of Things! - 21 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Everything pig producers ever needed to know about the environment and how it affects their business is now available in an on-line one-stop shop from BPEX.
If you can send a text message then you can cut out movement paperwork
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
BPEX working with Animal Health and Trading Standards have developed a way to send all your AML2 and FCI information electronically cutting out all that form filling and duplication. We have successfully trial the system over the past 4 months with a range of businesses and would now like to invite other online FCI users to give the system a go.
Hunt is on For New Ideas as BPEX Rekindles Entrepreneurial Spirit - 30 June 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Rekindling the entrepreneurial spirit in UK pig producers and helping them put new ideas into practice – that’s the aim of the BPEX Innovation Fund.
Dr Mike Varley Joins BPEX - 24 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Dr Mike Varley will bring unique expertise in both practical pig meat production and academia when he joins BPEX as Head of Knowledge Transfer, Research and Development.
Pigs Are Worth It Campaign Scoops Cannes Lions Award - 23 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
The prestigious Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival has announced the winners of its inaugural awards for public relations work.
Mark Wilson Moves on From BPEX - 19 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
As Mark Wilson moves on to a new job in the pig industry, BPEX Chairman Stewart Houston has paid tribute to the huge amount of work Mark has done.
Ironclad Case For Red Meat - 19 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Red meat as a vital source of iron has been given a ringing endorsement in a new report just published.
Knowledge Transfer Hub Created
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Pig experts from across Europe will be gathering in the UK next month (Jul) for the first ever meeting of a Knowledge Transfer hub.
Shoppers Demand Clearer Country Labelling on Pork Products - 19 June 2009
Friday, 19 June 2009
Country of Origin labelling on pork, bacon, sausages and ham is confusing and should be made clearer according a YouGov survey released by BPEX to launch its ‘No More Porkies!’ campaign.
Top Pig Award is up For Grabs - 18 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
The British pig industry is standing at a crossroads following trying times. Through the difficulties many people have worked doggedly, giving their all for the benefit of the industry.
Pig Campaign Wins Major Award - 29 May 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
The Pigs Are Worth It campaign has come out with a top award in the European PR Oscars.
David Black Award 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
The British pig industry is standing at a crossroads following trying times. Through the difficulties many people have worked doggedly, giving their all for the benefit of the industry.

It is those individuals we are seeking to be nominated for the David Black Award to let them know the whole industry acknowledges and appreciates the work they have put in.

Please use the links to download a nomination form and to view previous winners.

David Black Award - Previous Winners (23.83KB)
David Black Nomination Form faxback or post (47.75KB)
David Black Nomination Form interactive form to email (47.27KB)
Open Farm Sunday - 7 June 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
BPEX have a limited number of Open Farm Sunday information packs about pigs and pig meat products.
Pig Producers See Brighter Future - 7 April 2009
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Confidence may be lacking in the English pig industry but there is certainly more optimism for the future than last year.
300,000 Pig Health Project Starts - 1 April 2009
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
An innovative 300,000 project to bring together pig farmers across Yorkshire and the Humber to improve the health of pigs has just got under way.
BPEX Change for Success KT Event March 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
The BPEX Change for Success KT event that took place on 18 March was a huge success with more than 100 delegates attending from all sectors of the industry.
Meat Export Team Strengthened - 19 March 2009
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Two new agents have been appointed by EBLEX and BPEX to cover Spain and Germany.
Pig Levy to Rise by 10p - 16 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
A move to restore the levy paid to BPEX by pig producers and processors to £1.05p has been given ministerial approval.
AHDB Move to Stoneleigh Under Way - 13 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
The advance party of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has moved to Stoneleigh in Warwickshire with the rest of the organisation following over the next few months.
New KT Manager For BPEX - 9 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
A NEW Knowledge Transfer manager has just been appointed by BPEX to cover the Eastern region.
Joint Campaign For English Meat - 5 March 2009
Thursday, 5 March 2009
A joint campaign has been launched to get English meat into the holiday island of Cyprus.
New Date For Outlook Conference - 3 March 2009
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
A new date has now been set for the Outlook Conference jointly hosted by EBLEX and BPEX.
Pork Exports Hit £160 Million - 20 February 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Pork exports have shown a dramatic rise over the last year according to new figures from BPEX.
New Board Members For BPEX - 12 February 2009
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Two new members have been appointed to the board of BPEX Ltd, the pig industry strategy body.
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