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Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 22: Simple calculations
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
For producers not using an electronic recording system, there are some simple ways of calculating three key performance indicators:
Feed conversion
Daily gain
Mortality
Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 22 Simple calculations (337.09KB)
Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 21: A review of slaughter weight decisions
Monday, 24 February 2014
Many producers have increased slaughter weights in recent years and the economics of doing this are generally in favour, even with high feed costs and pig price below the overall cost of production, as demonstrated in the following table.
Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 21 A review of slaughter weight decisions (87.89KB)
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)
36. Finisher Challenge champion
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Farm Case Study 36: Improving finishing herd performance

Farm Case Study 36 Improving finishing herd performance (191.30KB)
35. Individual wallows reduce heat stress
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Farm Case Study 35: Wallows in farrowing paddocks
Farm Case Study 35 Wallows in farrowing paddocks (251.78KB)
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 (12105kg) 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)
Strategic de-stocking and a review of slaughter weight decisions
Monday, 17 September 2012
Action for Productivity 42: Strategic de-stocking
Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 21: A review of slaughter weight decisions
Action for Productivity 42 Strategic de-stocking (162.84KB)
Knowledge Transfer Bulletin 21 A review of slaughter weight decisions (87.89KB)
34. Happy as a pig in... grass
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Farm Case Study 34: Grass cover
Farm Case Study 34 Grass cover (106.73KB)
33. Night inspections pay off
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Farm Case Study 33: Night checks


33. Night inspections pay off (200.78KB)
32. Waste not, want not
Sunday, 8 July 2012
Farm Case Study 32: Anaerobic Digestion
Farm Case Study 32 Anaerobic Digestion (149.36KB)
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)
31. Hands off handling
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Farm Case Study 31: Piglet sorter
Farm Case Study 31 Piglet sorter (841.71KB)
5. Creep Feeding
Friday, 1 June 2007
Creep feeding is the practice of feeding a solid diet to piglets whilst they are suckling the sow, preparing their digestive system for weaning. Creep feeding initiates and promotes gut and digestive enzyme development, which enables the piglet to digest nutrients from food sources other than that of milk.

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Creep Feeding (267.68KB)