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Authentication of Country of Origin of Pork and Pig Meat using Isotope Reference Analysis
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
Final Report
Pork Isotopes project final report Dec 2011 (890.69KB)
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)
Red Tractor Brochure
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
Click to download the red tractor assurance brochure
Red Tractor Brochure (1.03MB)
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)
New Approaches to Diagnostics of Haemophilus parasuis related disease
Monday, 12 November 2012
Year 1 project update
New Approaches to Diagnostics of Haemophilus parasuis related disease (79.48KB)
Light Pig Syndrome: What causes it and how can it be overcome?
Monday, 12 November 2012
Year 2 Project update
Light Pig Syndrome What causes it and how can it be overcome (86.10KB)
Reduction of pathogen load in the environment of pigs
Friday, 9 November 2012
Year 1 project update
Reduction of pathogen load in the environment of pigs (119.26KB)
Combined spatial and network analyses of British pig movement data
Friday, 9 November 2012
Year 3 project update (2011/12)
Combined spatial and network analyses of British pig movement data (127.81KB)
Reducing the excretion of phosphorus (P) from growing and finishing pig systems
Friday, 9 November 2012
Year 2 project update report (2011/12).
Reducing the excretion of phosphorus P from growing and finishing pig systems (37.25KB)
Predicting leg soundness through biomechanical assessment of gait in pigs
Friday, 9 November 2012
Year 2 annual report (2011/12)
Predicting leg soundness through biomechanical assessment of gait in pigs (42.22KB)
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)
Genetics of litter size and prenatal survival in pigs (abstract)
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Silvia C. Hernandez Velasco, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
Genetics of litter size and prenatal survival in pigs (8.61KB)
Nitrogen excretion at different stages of growth and its association with production traits in growing pigs
Friday, 15 June 2012
Nitrogen excretion at different stages of growth and its association with production traits in growing pigs.

M. Shirali, A. Doeschl-Wilson, P. W. Knap, C. Duthie, E. Kanis, J. A. M. van Arendonk and R. Roehe.

J ANIM SCI published online December 16, 2011


Nitrogen excretion at different stages of growth and its association with production traits in growing pigs (334.40KB)
Porcine circovirus type 2 infection before and during an outbreak of postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome on a pig farm in the UK
Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Veterinary Record: 10.1136/vr.100276
PCV2 Vet Record article May 2012 (752.36KB)
Providing pigs with good ventilation in straw-bedded general purpose buildings
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Providing pigs with good ventilation in straw-bedded general purpose buildings
Providing pigs with good ventilation in straw-bedded general purpose buildings (620.86KB)
BPEX Research and Development - Invitations to Tender
Thursday, 5 April 2012
The objective of BPEX Research and Development is to deliver a flow of new products, processes and services to improve efficiency; maximise value and provide an evidence base for the industry. . The BPEX Research and Development programme consists of both applied and strategic research with the balance between the two varying according to topic. The main priority is near-market research where outcomes can be implemented practically by the pig industry. A key focus is to support the knowledge transfer team in the delivery of the 2 Tonne Sow Strategy and facilitate practical implementation of research and development to improve production efficiency. Research proposals are invited for new projects in the areas of interest outlined in this Call.
Emissions to environment (506.50KB)
Emissions to environment (193.03KB)
Health welfare monitoring (492.50KB)
Health welfare monitoring (193.31KB)
Herd health score (508.00KB)
Herd health score (193.66KB)
Invitation to tender - full document (143.50KB)
Invitation to tender - full document (81.98KB)
Non-invasive testing (507.00KB)
Non-invasive testing (194.33KB)
Salmonella carcase (505.50KB)
Salmonella carcase (191.33KB)
Salmonella on-farm (503.50KB)
Salmonella on-farm (188.75KB)
The Real Value of English Red Meat - An Economic Analysis
Thursday, 29 March 2012
The aim of this report is to quantify the economic value generated by the red meat industry in England. Dowload the report by clicking the link below.
The Real Value of English Red Meat - An Economic Analysis (450.93KB)
Anaerobic Digestion Process Diagram
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Anaerobic Digestion Process Diagram from J J Power Ltd (James Harts business)
Anaerobic Digestion Process Diagram (500.09KB)
Improved analysis of solid manures and slurries
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
AHDB Information Sheet
Improved analysis of solid manures and slurries
Summer 2011
Improved analysis of solid manures and slurries (314.34KB)
30. Sustainable Farming
Friday, 9 December 2011
Farm Case Study 30: Green Pig Project
Farm Case Study 30 Green Pig Project (312.46KB)
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)
Environment Roadmap - Advancing Together
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
A Roadmap for the English Pig Industry

Towards better performance
April 2011
BPEX Roadmap Advancing Together (1.87MB)
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)