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Outlook Conference
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Outlook Conference is on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at One Great George St, London.
Further informatin will follow for those who wish to attend.
First Lactation Key to Sow Performance - 20 December 2010
Monday, 20 December 2010
Gilts that suffer a productivity drop in their second litter risk a continued trend of poorer performance in later parities. Dutch pig expert Professor Bas Kemp gave his advice on how to manage the issue at BPEX’s Two-Tonne Sow (2TS) events as part of the industry’s campaign to increase physical performance.
Real Welfare Indicators For Pigs - 16 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Producers will soon have a way of demonstrating real pig welfare using science-based assessment methods.
Responsibility and Cost Sharing - 15 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
The Radcliffe report on responsibility and cost sharing, published earlier this week, is aimed at cutting both the risk and cost of animal disease, something that agrees with the aims of BPEX.
Cold Weather Tips - 10 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
Indoor and outdoor producers have been coping with extremely cold conditions already this winter.

Top For Training - 22 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
League leader Jonathan Bradley has been awarded a prize as a top achiever for his continued commitment to training.
The East Anglian pig producer was one of the 10 top point-scoring members of the Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) invited to sum up why they are proud to be part of it.

EBLEX and BPEX Celebrate Bulgarian Success - 22 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
The EBLEX and BPEX export team exhibited the full range of beef, lamb and pork products at Meatmania in Bulgaria earlier this month.
Hogging the Limelight - 16 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Prince William and Kate Middleton are in a position to give the pig industry a huge boost when they marry next year.
New BPEX Feed Costs Report Points the Way For Pig Industry - 16 November 2010
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Pay pig farmers a proper price for their produce to help address the issue of rocketing feed costs and ensure a sustainable future for quality assured Red Tractor pork.
British Production Still Lags Behind - 12 November 2010
Friday, 12 November 2010
Despite improvements in daily liveweight gain and pigs finished per sow, Britain still lags behind its European competition in the production stakes.
Highest Shop Price Inflation Since January
Friday, 12 November 2010
Highest Shop Price Inflation Since January (0)
UK Tenders
Friday, 12 November 2010
Please click the links to download the tenders.
UK-Birmingham animal products, tender (0)
UK-Chester meat tender (0)
UK-Oldbury animal products, tender (0)
BPEX Board Decision - 9 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Following a full debate, members of the BPEX board today(Tue) decided not to recommend an increase in the AHDB levy to fund additional marketing.
Pork Gets Thumbs Up From China - 8 November 2010
Monday, 8 November 2010
The way has opened for export of UK pig meat and breeding pigs to China, with two landmark agreements today.
Formal agreement of the export health certificate for export of pig meat from the UK to China will be confirmed to the UK’s Business Minister Vince Cable today by the Chinese authorities.
This means exports from approved plants can commence and it opens up the world’s largest market to UK pig producers, after a number of years’ work by BPEX in conjunction with Defra, UKTI and the Chinese authorities.

Broughbridge Risk Management Workshop POSTPONED until 18 Jan
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Due to continued poor weather in the area, BPEX have decided to postpone Monday's risk management workshop at the Crown Hotel, Borough Bridge. This workshop will now take place on 18 January 2011 at the same venue starting at 4pm. Apologies for any inconvenience and to book a place contact BPEX on 0247 6478790.
Low-Stress Sows Key to Reproduction - 1 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Removing stress in gilts and sows is key to good reproductive performance, was the clear message from two pig breeding events.
Award for BPEX Director - 29 October 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
BPEX Director Mick Sloyan has been presented with an award for his distinguished service to the pig industry.
The National Pig Association has been keen to acknowledge the contribution he has made but found Mick less than willing to accept it.
NPA Chairman Stewart Houston said: “Three times now, Mick has been nominated for the David Black Award and three times his name has not gone forward for consideration.
Winner Thrown in at the Deep End! - 28 October 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
This year’s winner of the David Black Award for a significant and sustained contribution to the pig industry had a slightly unconventional introduction to pig farming.
Meryl Ward’s father, the driving force behind the family business died unexpectedly, when she was in her first year at college.
New Online Video - Basic Laboratory Techniques for DIY AI Operators
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
A new video has been produced covering basic laboratory techniques for those involved in DIY artificial insemination.

The video has been produced by BPEX and is available on-line . Following the steps will help produce good quality AI and overcome common problems when using the microscope and assessing semen quality.
To see the video, click the link below.
Step Forward For Online Pig Movement - 19 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Pig producers and abattoirs are saving time and money with the new BPEX electronic pig movement project, known in short as eAML2.
Pork Provenance - Grocer Front Cover Advert
Saturday, 9 October 2010
9th Oct 2010
Pork Provenance Grocer Front Cover Advert (0)
Pig Producers: How to Stay in Profit - 4 October 2010
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
A French pig farmer has revealed to English producers how he stayed in profit during the 2007 feed-price hike. Benoit Cuvillier explained how risk management tools allowed him to cope with the sharp increase both this year and in 2007.
Pork Sales Still on the Up - 1 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
Pork is firmly fixed as a family favourite with sales continuing to rise according to the latest figures from BPEX.
Pigs Are Still Worth It - Open letter for the Trade Press from NPA
Friday, 1 October 2010
NPA Letter
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Pig Reproduction - 2TS Special Events
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Reproduction management plays a major part in raising pig herd performance. Two special Two-Tonne Sow (2TS) events in October aim to help producers review and improve reproduction on their units.
Industry Update From BPEX - 27 September 2010
Monday, 27 September 2010
BPEX is running three regional events in November for all who work in the allied industry. Similar to the events held in January this year, it is an ideal chance to find out the latest on BPEX activities and services it provides the allied companies.
Promotion For Pig Professionals - 21 September 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
As part of a drive to get more people signed up to the Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) new members will be given a year's free subscription to Pig World magazine. The first ten free subscriptions will be paid for by Pig World and the second ten by BPEX.
English breeding herd increases despite fewer total pigs
Friday, 17 September 2010
In the provisional June 2010 census the total number of pigs declined by almost two per cent. This was mainly driven by a reduction in the number of fattening pigs of two per cent year on year to 3.2 million.
From farm to slaughter
Friday, 17 September 2010
A range of resources are available on the BPEX website for processors, as well as producers. Visit the processor knowledge transfer area here:
The Innovation Fund: Encouraging new techniques for the future, today
Friday, 10 September 2010
The principle of the Innovation Fund is to provide pump priming cash for new and innovative ideas. These could include home grown ideas from within the farm or technologies not currently used in the English pig industry from another sector or overseas. The innovation fund may also provide funding to quantify a new process on farm which may provide efficiency and savings in labour. The guidance notes and application form have recently been updated and BPEX are calling for new applications to be submitted by Friday 10th September.

Figuring Out Improvements - 3 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
Good information is essential for running a good pig business and BPEX has just launched a new section on its website site which offers just that.
First Farms Apply For Pig Health Funding - 31 August 2010
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Four pig producer groups will put in pilot applications next month for support for specific on-farm projects to improve pig health.
Farrowing Checks Made Easy - 27 August 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
Monitoring sows’ progress at farrowing has just got easier with a simple, free tool. BPEX has designed the 2TS Farrowing Disc to put beside sow pens during farrowing.
Starring Role For Pork - 26 August 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
How do they do that is a question often posed and now BPEX is setting out to answer it.
TV Presenter at Offal Conference - 23 August 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
TV presenter and author Tristram Stuart has been confirmed as one of the speakers at the EBLEX, BPEX and FABRA Fifth Quarter conference next month.
National Opportunity For Pig Health Schemes - 17 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
An opportunity has opened up for pig health scheme funding across England.
Top Pig Aaward - Time is Running Out - 17 August 2010
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Time is running out to nominate somebody to receive this year’s prestigious David Black Award for service to the pig industry.
Train to Manage Pigs and People - 16 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Leadership training improves both pig production and staff morale. Now pig unit supervisors in the north have two course options and are signing up to reap the benefits.
New Gilt Management Package - 12 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
BPEX is asking producers to re-assess their gilt management practices. It is useful to question or challenge how things are done and the new Two-Tonne Sow (2TS) Gilt Management Pack is full of practical management advice and examples.
Will Ukraine Ban Grain Exports - 11 August 2010 - HGCA Press Release
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Ukraine has postponed a decision on implementing grain export quotas. A decision is now expected on 18 August. Meanwhile, Ukraine customs have detained vessels of five traders on quality grounds.

The forecast is looking good! - 5 August 2010
Friday, 6 August 2010
Moves by BPEX to open the Chinese market to British pig meat are to take on a new importance according to the latest forecasts.
The International Meat Market Review predicts stronger demand for pig meat from Asia during the second half of 2010, particularly from China and Hong Kong and the lifting of H1N1 trade bans in China will help this further.
Fifth Quarter Conference - Wednesday 8th September 2010
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Download programme by clicking the link below
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Video - How can you turn pig handling into playtime?
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Fawley Farms has, through the BPEX Innovation Fund, devised a method of minimising the stress experienced by piglets whilst at the same time improving working conditions for staff while piglets are handled. The latest video of the weaned pig handling system shows the pigs being managed with minimal handling and maximum fun!
Feed and straw management to reduce the risk of mycotoxins
Friday, 23 July 2010
Straw stocks will be running low as we await the new supply coming in from harvest. Some of this old straw may be rather poor quality and could even be mouldy and contain mycotoxins
Meat Tenders
Friday, 16 July 2010
Please see links below for meat tenders that have been advertised by OJEC

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Cracking Figures For Pork - 15 July 2010
Thursday, 15 July 2010
A more positive attitude to pork coupled with high profile support from TV chefs and food writers have given the English pig industry a real boost in the last year.
Fifth Quarter - Profit or Loss - 13 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
A major conference is being organised aimed at improving environmentally friendly and profitable usage of the ‘fifth quarter’.
Pig Health Scheme Heads For Target - 12 July 2010
Monday, 12 July 2010
The Eastern Pig Health scheme is on target to get 80% of the region’s sow herd signed up by 6th August 2010.
Sign up Now to BPEX Pig Health Scheme (BPHS)
Friday, 2 July 2010
There’s still a year left to join up to the BPEX Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) with all the benefits that this will bring to the health of your pigs and the health of your business.
The Pfizer Trainee of the Year Award 2010
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Entries are coming in for the award, worth more than £2500 and today is the last day to get your entry in!

NPA website link to Pfizer trainee of the year award 2010
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