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Promotion For Pig Specialist - 5 December 2012
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Senior pig analyst Stephen Howarth, who works within the BPEX section of AHDB, has been appointed to the new position of Market Specialist Manager in the AHDB Market Intelligence Division.
BPEX and NPA's joint briefing for MP's
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
BPEX and the NPA have joined forces to hold a briefing for MPs highlighting the problems caused by the huge rises in feed costs and concerns about enforcement of EU directive 2001/88/EC on pig welfare from 1st January 2013.

The briefing take place on Thursday December 6 and it is hoped Farming Minister David Heath may attend.

More than a dozen MPs or their researchers have agreed to attend the meeting chaired by Richard Bacon MP.
Q&As About Real Welfare and Red Tractor
Friday, 30 November 2012
Q&As About Real Welfare and Red Tractor
QAs About Real Welfare and Red Tractor (73.50KB)
Creep Helps Reduce Pig Feed Costs - 27 November 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Creep feeding pigs is one of several ways to reduce overall feed costs, discussed by nutritionist Dr Steve Jagger from ABN during BPEX’s latest live online workshop.
Reducing Feed Costs: Online Workshop
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
BPEX is running an online feed cost workshop for pig producers next week. Nutritionist Steven Jagger from ABAgri will discuss practical ways to reduce feed costs on Monday 26 November 2012, 6:00-7:00pm.



Unique Welfare System Now Ready For British Pigs - 12 November 2012
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
New welfare assessments for finisher pigs are proposed to be included in Red Tractor Assurance farm standards from April next year.
Pig Slaughterings Hit Milestone - 8 November 2012
Thursday, 8 November 2012
The confidence of pig producers towards investing in improving performance has resulted in increased production, supported by the BPEX 2TS campaign.
David Black Award Winner 2012 - 7 November 2012
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
2012 David Black Award winner Heather Jenkins caused a few raised eyebrows when it came time to choose what to do in her sandwich year while studying at Harper Adams - her first choice was to work in an abattoir!
Weighing pigs is worth the effort - 31 October 2012
Friday, 2 November 2012
More pig producers should ‘bite the bullet’ and weigh their growing pigs to cut lost earnings, was the conclusion from BPEX’s 2TS Focus on Finishing conferences.

European Sow Stall Ban Update - 24 October 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Bigger falls in pig meat production than originally forecast are possible according to the latest BPEX report looking at the introduction of the partial sow stall ban across Europe on January 1 2013.
Red Tractor Pork Wins in Holland - 19 October 2012
Friday, 19 October 2012
Top quality British pork is now being sold in the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands.
Feed Report Published - 17 October 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
17th October 2012 – Shoppers could be forced to fork out up to 60p more for a packet of eight sausages, 70p more for a standard pack of bacon or a whopping £2.50 extra for a pork roasting joint within months if mounting losses force more pig farmers out of business1.
New BPEX ‘Virtual Pig Farming’ Course - 15 October 2012
Monday, 15 October 2012
Stockman Plus is a brand new ‘virtual pig farming’ course starting this autumn across the English regions, while Stockman Development and the BPEX Institute of Leadership and Management course are both back for a third year.
Olympic Gold For Pork - 5 October 2012
Friday, 5 October 2012
Pork and pork products were in the gold medal position during the two weeks of the London Olympics.
Appointments at BPEX - 1 October 2012
Monday, 1 October 2012
A number of appointments have been made by AHDB to fill vacancies in BPEX.
Pig Conference Targets Better Returns - 24 September 2012
Monday, 24 September 2012
BPEX’s autumn conference will help pig producers capitalise on their biggest opportunity to improve financial returns by focusing on finishing performance.
Strategic De-Stocking Guidance For Pig Producers - 20 September 2012
Thursday, 20 September 2012
BPEX, a division of AHDB, has published guidance for pig producers on strategic de-stocking and reviewing slaughter weight decisions.
New Board Member For BPEX - 9 August 2012
Thursday, 9 August 2012
A new member has been appointed to the BPEX board following the resignation of Steve Francis.
BPEX Website Advice on Feed Crisis - 24 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
The latest hike in grain prices is having a dramatic impact on the cost of production for pig farmers, keeping the industry in loss.
Help With Slats - 20 July 2012
Friday, 20 July 2012
All concrete floor slats used in pig houses in England will have to comply with the dimension requirements set out in pig welfare legislation no later than 1 January 2012. It is possible that some floor slats will not be compliant due to minor damage, or their critical dimensions exceed permitted manufacturing tolerances.
Pig Stockmen in it For the Long Term - 20 July 2012
Friday, 20 July 2012
More than 50 pig stockmen from across England have completed the BPEX Stockman Development Programme which ran in the north, east and south of the country this year.
Free Ventilation Advice to Boost Pig Health - 18 July 2012
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Ventilation specialist John Chambers will answer pig producers’ questions about the potential effects of ventilation on pig productivity at the next BPEX Live online workshop, on Monday 30 July 2012, 7.00 – 8.00pm.
Popularity of Pork is Undimmed - 13 July 2012
Friday, 13 July 2012
Pork is the most popular meat served out of the home and nine out of 10 people would like to know the style of cooking and type of cut when choosing pork dishes.
Menu Opportunities For Pork and Sausages - 12 July 2012
Thursday, 12 July 2012
*Pork and pork products remain the most popular meat served out of the home

*Two thirds of dishes include some form of pig meat

*9 out of 10 consumers would like to know the style of cooking and type of cut when choosing pork dishes
Pig Farmers Face an Empty Trough - 12 July 2012
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Feed costs have again spiked due to global weather patterns and pig producers are facing large losses as the price they are paid is well below the cost of production.
Low-Protein Diets Reduce N Emission - 11 July 2012
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Feeding low protein diets to pigs can reduce nitrogen excretion, new research has found.
SCHEDULED SERVER MAINTENANCE 6PM to 7PM Tuesday 03/07/2012
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
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Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.


Northern Pig Leaders Awarded - 29 June 2012
Friday, 29 June 2012
Pig farm performance has improved in the North following BPEX’s latest practical management and leadership course. Six pig unit supervisors received awards for their achievements on this year’s BPEX/Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Development Programme.
New direction for Zoonoses National Control Programme (ZNCP) - 22 June 2012
Friday, 22 June 2012
The Zoonoses National Control Programme (ZNCP) will step up a gear from 1 July 2012 to help farmers identify the best salmonella control methods for their particular farm.
British Pig Meat Goes to China - 21 June 2012
Thursday, 21 June 2012
The first shipment of British pig meat is now on its way to mainland China from a West Midlands cold store.
Grimsby Butcher Seizes Pork Product of the Year 2012 Title - 19 June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
A ‘Pork and Mushroom Stack’ has been crowned the best pork product in the catering sector, for 2012.
MBE For Pig Industry Stalwart - 16 June 2012
Saturday, 16 June 2012
The MBE awarded to NPA Webmaster Digby Scott is well-deserved says BPEX Director Mick Sloyan.

DAPP SAMPLE EXPANDED - 13 June 2012
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Following discussion by the BPEX board, it was agreed that the sample of the dead weight average pig price (DAPP) would be expanded to cover a broader spectrum of the pig market.
First Time Entrant is BPEX National Champion - 13 June 2012
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
A dazzling combination of succulent pork fillet and perfect pastry in their ‘Pork Wellington’ has earned Archers Butchers the prestigious ‘National Champion’ title at the 2011-2012 BPEX regional roadshow and product excellence final.
Red Tractor – interested in feedback from farmers
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Red Tractor Assurance has commissioned a survey to gain a better understanding of farmer attitudes towards Red Tractor assurance schemes and feedback on their awareness of Red Tractor in the press and advertising.
Pig Industry Facts and Figures - 8 June 2012
Friday, 8 June 2012
Everything you ever wanted to know about the pig industry but didn’t know where to find it, is the aim of the Pig Yearbook just published by BPEX.
Global Pig Industry Takes the Lead - 7 June 2012
Thursday, 7 June 2012
The pig industry worldwide has a major contribution to make to lessening environmental impact.
DAPP Operational Note
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Due to the double bank holiday next week to celebrate the Jubilee (week commencing 4 June) no Dead Weight Average Pig Price (DAPP) will be published.
New President For the Pig Veterinary - 24 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Dr Steven McOrist was appointed the new President of the British Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) at its spring conference in Solihull.
Full Details Published on BPEX Work - 21 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
Full details of work to improve pig production during the past year has been published in the BPEX Annual Technical Report 2011-2012.
Home-Produced Feedstock Best For Ad - 14 May 2012
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Pig producers heard about the importance of feedstock supply for anaerobic digestion (AD) at an open day on James Hart’s farm in Gloucestershire.
Outlook 2012 Presentations
Thursday, 3 May 2012
The Outlook Conference 2012 was held at One Great George Street, in Westminster, on 2 May 2012.
Consumer trends and the drivers of spending - Giles Quick Director, Kantar Worldpanel (5.37MB)
Feed price drivers in 2012 and 2013 - Jack Watts, Senior Analyst, Market Intelligence, AHDB (736.96KB)
Longer term prospects for agriculture - Ken Boyns Director, Market Intelligence, AHDB (496.58KB)
Outlook for the cattle sector - Debbie Butcher, Senior Analyst, Market Intelligence, AHDB (472.25KB)
Outlook for the dairy sector - Julie MacLeod, Senior Analyst, Market Intelligence, AHDB (1.29MB)
Outlook for the pig sector - Stephen Howarth, Senior Analyst, Market Intelligence, AHDB (906.58KB)
Outlook for the sheep sector - Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economic Services, Quality Meat Scotland (1.41MB)
Profiting from efficient milk production - Karolina Klaskova, Analyst, Market Intelligence, AHDB (1.93MB)
The current economic climate - Allan Wilkinson Head of Agriculture HSBC (556.61KB)
New KT Manager For BPEX - 2 May 2012
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
A new BPEX Knowledge Transfer Manager has been appointed to cover the East of England following the departure of Colin Stone.
Nominate A Pig Industry Star - 23 April 2012
Monday, 23 April 2012
The pig industry is awash with people always willing to go that extra mile to help and for more than 50 years, the industry has been acknowledging them.
Water-Saving Advice Published - 23 April 2012
Monday, 23 April 2012
Practical steps to save water and money on pig farms have been published by BPEX. There are a number of short-term and long-term measures producers can take to conserve water in this latest Knowledge Transfer (KT) Bulletin.
Promotion For Katrin - 17 April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Katrin Turvey has been appointed BPEX Veterinary Programme Manager with responsibility for managing the BPEX Research and Development programme of activity for improving pig health and pig meat safety.
BPEX Stalls Ban Report Updated - 13 April 2012
Friday, 13 April 2012
An updated report has been produced by BPEX re-examining the readiness of European countries for the introduction of the partial stalls and tethers ban on 1 January 2013.
Trainee of the Year Award Gets Bigger and Better - 12 April 2012
Thursday, 12 April 2012
The annual Pfizer Trainee of the Year Award moves into the next stage of its development this year.
Champion Pork & Poultry Initiative - 11 April 2012
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
The British Pig & Poultry Fair is calling on all producers and the allied industry to help spread the word and boost sales of British pork, poultry and eggs.
Help From Southern Hemisphere For English Pigs - 5 April 2012
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Australian pig expert Dr Paul Hughes will reveal the latest knowledge on pig reproduction next month at two special BPEX Two-Tonne Sow events for English pig producers.
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