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Impact of Free Trade on Pig Industry - 20 December 2013
Friday, 20 December 2013
One of the main sessions at the AHDB Outlook Conference will be looking at the changing trading environment, not only in Europe but further afield.
Professional Manager Scheme Applications Open - 19 December 2013
Thursday, 19 December 2013
The search is on for around a dozen potential high fliers for the first-ever 16-month agri-industry management programme developed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and delivered through Cedar Associates.
New BPEX TV Advertising Campaign - 19 December 2013
Thursday, 19 December 2013
A three-week television campaign is being run by BPEX explaining what the Red Tractor pork scheme is all about.
Research into fallen stock disposal continues - 18 December 2013
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Bio-reduction through anaerobic digestion (AD) could provide a viable solution for on-farm storage or disposal of pig carcase material (PCM), according to research at Harper Adams University.
Focus On Figures You Can Control to Boost Pig Margins - 5 December 2013
Friday, 6 December 2013
English pig producers can’t influence national feed costs or pig prices so should focus on the parts of their business within their control, such as the numbers of pigs reared and sold per sow per year, says John Richardson of Production Performance Services Ltd.
Boost For Pig Industry - 4 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
News of the agreement, in principle, to export pigs’ trotters to China is a boost for the industry says BPEX Director Mick Sloyan.
First Recruits For Pig Industry Scholarship - 3 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Four companies have secured scholars from Harper Adams University to take part in the first Pig Industry Scholarship programme, which includes a paid industrial placement year.

Find Out About Next Risk For Pig Farms - 29 November 2013
Monday, 2 December 2013
Pig producers, stockmen and vets must endeavour to attend their regional meeting on ‘How pork safety is about to impact the security of your business’, says BPEX.

BPEX Pig Unit Sale Completed - 22 November 2013
Friday, 22 November 2013
The sale of the former BPEX pig development unit in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, has now been completed.
Honour for BPEX Master Butcher - 21 November 2013
Thursday, 21 November 2013
BPEX Master Butcher Keith Fisher has just become an assistant of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Butchers.
Finishing Performance Closes Gap - 18 November 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
Latest figures show the performance of the finishing herd in Britain is still improving and we have closed the gap on our competitors with regard to finishing performance.
Food and Farming Minister to speak at AHDB Outlook Conference 2014
Monday, 18 November 2013
Food and Farming Minister George Eustice will address representatives from the beef, lamb, pork and dairy supply chains when he opens the AHDB Outlook 2014 conference in February.
Sow Feeder Trial Results Live Online - 15 November 2013
Friday, 15 November 2013
Pig producers can find out how new sow feeding systems have been performing on farm in the next BPEX Live online workshop on Monday 25 November 2013, 7.00-8.00pm.
Real Welfare Review Update - 15 November 2013
Friday, 15 November 2013
A major review of Real Welfare started in September and, after the second meeting, some more changes have been proposed.
Pig Industry Faces a Revolution - 7 November 2013
Thursday, 7 November 2013
A revolution in performance is going to hit the pig industry over the next 10 years says this year’s winner of the David Black Award.

Tony Wright Wins BPEX Trainee of the Year Award - 7 November 2013
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Pig production manager Tony Wright, of Shedden Farms in North Yorkshire, was presented with the BPEX Trainee of the Year Award 2013 at an awards ceremony at the House of Commons this week.
'Service pod' aims to increase litter size outdoors - 1 November 2013
Friday, 1 November 2013
A new ‘service pod’, specially designed for outdoor pig units, is being trialled in East Anglia.
Trainee of the Year Award Finalists Announced - 21 October 2013
Monday, 21 October 2013
Three candidates have been shortlisted for the BPEX Trainee of the Year Award 2013, sponsored by Zoetis and Pig World.
More Pig Producers on the Bill at Events - 15 October 2013
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Pig producers will feature more strongly than ever on the speaker list at BPEX’s Breed+3 Regional Producer Events next month
CCTV to Help Reduce Piglet Predation Outdoors - 11 October 2013
Friday, 11 October 2013
Cameras have been installed to help identify the causes of pre-weaning mortality on an outdoor unit in East Anglia, as part of a BPEX field trial.
Government commits to bolstering export support at red meat roundtable- 9 October 2013
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
Actions that the Government could take to support the opening of key markets to UK red meat exports were discussed at an industry roundtable organised by EBLEX.

Diary date for AHDB Outlook Conference 2014 - 12 February 2014
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
The 2014 Outlook Conference, jointly hosted by BPEX, DairyCo and EBLEX, will be held at One Great George Street in London on Wednesday, 12 February 2014.
New BPEX Events Map - 4 October 2013
Friday, 4 October 2013
A new events map is now live on the BPEX website. It provides a simple way to access and search for details of all BPEX events, as the autumn season gets underway.
Simple Changes Can Solve Common Pig Ventilation Problems - 20 September 2013
Friday, 20 September 2013
BPEX has highlighted the most commonly occurring problems with pig unit ventilation and helped identify ways to rectify them.
Changes to Real Welfare Assessment Protocols - 19 September 2013
Thursday, 19 September 2013
A Real Welfare Protocol Review Group, consisting of producers, vets and members of the industry, was formed on the 9th September 2013.
Boost to Pig Industry Insurance Schemes - 16 September 2013
Monday, 16 September 2013
Red Tractor pork gives consumers enhanced traceability

Following extensive research and two years of development and rigorous testing, BPEX has introduced a scientifically-based system to enhance the integrity of provenance and traceability of Red Tractor pork.
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Pork Pies A Hit in Hong Kong - 12 September 2013
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Melton Mowbray pork pies were a surprising hit with the Chinese at the Restaurant & Bar show in Hong Kong, who, despite being baffled at first – as they’re used to hot pies – loved the porky spicy taste and crust.
Launch of Health and Welfare Report - 11 September 2013
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Much has been achieved since the launch of the 20:20 Pig Health and Welfare Strategy in 2011 but there are still many challenges to be faced is the verdict in the annual report of the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC).
LIPS Cook Up A Storm in New Kitchen - 5 September 2013
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
After many years sterling service, the mobile kitchen used by Ladies in Pigs (LIPs) at countless shows and events across the country has been replaced.
Pork is Going Down Under - 20 August 2013
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Now the Australian market is open to British pork, BPEX is taking part in a major exhibition down under to develop the market.
Pioneering Practical Pig App From BPEX - 26 July 2013
Friday, 26 July 2013
A new Practical Pig app has been launched by BPEX, featuring short video clips that demonstrate practical management techniques on farm.
BPEX Trainee of the Year Nominations - 25 July 2013
Thursday, 25 July 2013
BPEX is calling for nominations from the pig industry for its 2013 Trainee of the Year award, which is sponsored by Zoetis and Pig World.
Stockmen Targeting Better Performance - 18 July 2013
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Improving piglet appetite is just one of the targets pig stockmen are working towards following this year’s BPEX Stockman Development course in the north.
Countryfile Cameras on Real Welfare - 5 July 2013
Friday, 5 July 2013
Real Welfare has been put under the spotlight by BBC’s Countryfile programme and is due to be aired on Sunday 14 July.
Pig Industry Award on Offer - 4 July 2013
Thursday, 4 July 2013
There is still plenty of time to nominate somebody to receive the most prestigious award the pig industry has to offer.
Finisher Pig Buildings Blueprint Now Available - 28 June 2013
Friday, 28 June 2013
BPEX’s ‘Finisher Pig Buildings Design and Build – a blueprint for English farms’ is now available for producers to order.
New Pig Health Assessment Dates - 28 June 2013
Friday, 28 June 2013
New abattoir assessment dates have been published for the BPEX Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) for July to December 2013.
Pig Stockmanship Winner in North - 27 June 2013
Thursday, 27 June 2013
Pig breeding unit manager Louise Dorward has won a student of the year award on completing the first BPEX Stockman Plus course in the North.
Cost of Production Figures Revised Up - 26 June 2013
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
The latest cost of production figures from BPEX have been revised upwards following receipt of updated performance data, meaning the cumulative loss to the industry is about £90 million over the last 18 months.
Pig Industry Competitiveness - 25 June 2013
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Pig producers reckon their competitiveness is improving both against others in the UK and in the EU and they also believe it will get even better over the next 12 months.
Feed Sows to Improve Piglet Quality - 24 June 2013
Monday, 24 June 2013
Pig nutritionists need to help producers improve piglet quality in order to wean more pigs from larger litters born, while geneticists look after piglet quantity. This was the view of Professor Sandra Edwards at the BPEX Innovation Conference, speaking about sow nutrition.
Bureau Service For Real Welfare - 17 June 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013
As from 1 July, data collection and submission of real welfare assessment becomes mandatory for Red Tractor compliance.
C&D practices under spotlight in online workshop
Friday, 14 June 2013
BPEX is asking pig producers to check their cleaning and disinfection (C&D) routine at its next BPEX Live online workshop on Monday 24 June 2013 at 7.00pm.
New Human Resources Toolkit For Pig Units - 13 June 2013
Thursday, 13 June 2013
BPEX has produced a new BPEX Human Resources (HR) Toolkit for pig unit managers and is also running a workshop near York this month.
Banner Campaign is Under Way - 11 June 2013
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Farmers are rolling out a nationwide banner campaign to encourage the UK public to trust the Red Tractor.
Meeting to Put Spotlight on Seasonal Infertility - 7 June 2013
Friday, 7 June 2013
BPEX is inviting pig producers to a special meeting on seasonal infertility on Monday 17 June 2013, the evening before the BPEX Innovation Conference.
Pig Recording Workshops to Boost Business Performance - 7 June 2013
Friday, 7 June 2013
How to use pig recording systems to improve business performance is the focus of a new series of BPEX workshops, run in partnership with Agrosoft. They will take place across England during June and July, starting on 12 June in Exeter.
New BPEX Publication - 4 June 2013
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
The new-look BPEX Yearbook detailing all the work being carried out by both BPEX Knowledge Transfer and Research and Development has now been published.
Give a Fork Campaign Renewed - 4 June 2013
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
The Give a Fork About Your Pork campaign, in association with Jimmy Doherty and Channel 4, has returned to the airwaves.
PHD Student Wins Top Award For Work With Pigs - 23 May 2013
Thursday, 23 May 2013
A BPEX-funded PhD student has won the prestigious President’s Award for a paper presented at the 2013 British Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting.
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