BPEX blog

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Reproduction problems?

You can now view and hear a specially recorded presentation from Australian pig expert Professor Paul Hughes.
He reveals common mistakes in breeding herd management, drawing on the experience of the Target 25 project in Australia.
Click here to download the presentation.
And, if you have any questions for Paul, please use the comments box below or email them to kt@bpex.ahdb.org.uk before Friday 6 July. BPEX will then forward them to Paul and make his responses available online afterwards.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Tess on TV promoting the pig industry

Tess Howe, our skills development manager, has been filmed today for local TV –   Channel 7 – on the BPEX stand at Lincolnshire show, telling children and young people all about the pig industry. A new media star in the making?!  

Friday, 15 June 2012

Green Pig Sets Off

A new inflatable Green Pig has made its debut at the Cereals event this week, helping to tell farmers about the Green Pig project. The pig will be appearing at various events this summer.

The project, sponsored by Defra’s LINK programme, set out to establish the practical limits for inclusion of peas and beans in pig diets, that would not impact negatively on their growth.
Home-grown peas and beans can help UK pig farmers reduce dependency on soya as the main protein source in pig feed. 

Soya bean meal is popular for inclusion in livestock feeds on account of its competitive cost and high protein density. But there is concern that increasing world demand for soya bean meal as a protein source will outstrip supply and that this increasing demand is driving soya production to move out of established cultivated land into new areas, resulting in deforestation and land use change in some countries.  

For UK pig farmers there are two key potential benefits of replacing some of their imported soya with pulses. Firstly, it can help reduce the environmental impact of pork production and, secondly, that it could help pig farmers and the supply chain manage their costs, sourcing their protein locally and giving some protection from volatility in world soya prices.

Click here http://www.bpex.org.uk/articles/301804/30_Sustainable_Farming.aspx to download Farm Case Study no. 30, including details of the commercial farm trial results.

And, if you can think of a name for the Green Pig, let us know. ‘Pea-ter’ has been suggested..!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Recognition for professional pig producers

Giving recognition for pig producers’ professionalism has just become easier and membership fees are lower. The Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR) is a very useful tool to help the pig industry demonstrate its high standards and professionalism to assurance bodies, government and the public.

It keeps a record of all registered events and training members have been to and members now have direct access to their records online.

PIPR membership simply involves:
  • Registering to open a PIPR member’s account
  • Members signing their name on the PIPR form provided when they go to events and training courses
Points are then automatically added to each member’s PIPR account so they continue to build up points throughout their pig industry career. It could be described as building up ‘professional capital’.
Members can access and print off a statement of their points balance and how they earned them, to show their credentials to colleagues, current and possible future employers.
The PIPR scheme was developed by BPEX and City & Guilds NPTC, in collaboration with pig producers, as a simple way to give recognition for producers’ commitment to improving their knowledge and skills.

Anybody working in the pig industry can be a member, including vets and allied industry. For more details go to: www.pipr.org.uk

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Photos: pig stockmen visit feed mill

The Stockman South training group got out and about on a visit to a BOCM feed mill this month. 
It was part of the BPEX Stockman Development course - designed to give stockmen a wider knowledge of the pig supply chain, as well as boosting practical pig husbandry skills.
Email Charlotte West  (pictured) for more details of training and development opportunities in the south of England.

Please click here for photos...