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Research into Action 24: Predicting leg soundness through biomechanical assessment of gait in pigs
Friday, 26 September 2014
Research findings from a BPEX-funded PhD project carried out at Newcastle University investigating the potential of biomechanical techniques to predict leg soundness in pigssince lameness is a major cause of lost productivity for the pig industry.
Research into Action 24 Predicting leg soundness through biomechanical assessment of gait in pigs (287.69KB)
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)
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)
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)
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 14 - Monitoring water consumption to assist health management
Thursday, 1 November 2012
The drinking behaviour of diseased pigs has been found to deviate from the consistent patterns seen in healthy pigs; the behavioural changes appear in the sub-clinical stage of infection, before disease symptoms become visually apparent. Therefore, the automated monitoring of water consumption could provide a sensitive tool for real-time, continuous, monitoring for the presence of sub-clinical disease in growing herds.
Research into Action 14 - Monitoring water consumption to assist (190.21KB)
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)
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)
Research into Action 11 - Green Pig Project Survey Results
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
The Green Pig project assessed the potential of using home grown legumes for growing/finishing pigs as a means of reducing environmental burden.
Research into Action 11 - Green Pig Project Survey Results (266.59KB)
Research into Action 10 - Seaonality in Pigs
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
This note summarises the findings to date from a research project carried out by the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds. The research involved analysing a large data set as well as the weather, topography and staffing parameters to see what has an effect on production over summer and autumn.
Research into Action 10 - Seaonality in Pigs (214.40KB)
Research Into Action 8 - Supplementary Liquid Feeding
Friday, 25 March 2011
Research Into Action 8 - Supplementary Liquid Feeding
Research Into Action 8 - Supplementary Liquid Feeding (207.45KB)
Research Into Action 7: Porcine post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS)
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Porcine post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome: genetic-environmental interactions
Research Into Action 7 PMWS (202.02KB)
Research Into Action 5 - Lighting for pig units
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Research Into Action 5 - Lighting for pig units
Research Into Action 5 - Lighting for pig units (141.21KB)
Research Into Action 4 - Fat Vs protein
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Research Into Action 4 - Fat Vs protein
Research Into Action 4 - Fat Vs protein (1.01MB)
Research Into Action 3: How to feed the weaned piglet
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Is high dietary protein a good thing?
Research Into Action 3 How to feed the weaned piglet (644.73KB)
Research Into Action 2: When to wean - health and economics
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Newly weaned piglets often show reduced and variable feed intake, digestive disorders and poor growth and development. These problems can be reduced by the use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs), copper sulphate and zinc oxide.
The routine use of AGPs in feed was banned in the EU from January 2006 and, due to environmental concerns, dietary inclusion levels of copper and zinc are limited by regulation and may be further reduced in the future.
Research Into Action 2 When to wean - health and economics (382.87KB)
Research Into Action 1: Phosphorus requirements of pigs
Thursday, 27 May 2010
This note is extracted from “A review of our current understanding of Phosphorus requirements of pigs”, commissioned by BPEX Pig Development Centre and prepared by Professor Ilias Kyriazakis.
RIA 1 Phosphorus requirements of pigs (186.85KB)