BPEX blog

Friday, 27 September 2013

New ideas for improving pig performance

Stockman Rob Dugdale told us how going on the BPEX Stockman Plus course gave him a lot of different ideas to help question things and make improvements on farm.

Rob featured in one of the video clips of stockmen and managers talking about the training they’ve done so far, as part of the presentation from our BPEX Live online workshop this week.

Manager Tony Wright also went online to talk about how training had helped all staff aim in the same direction and achieve better sow conception rates.

Click here to download the presentation and find out about the full range of training and qualifications available or feel free to contact me using the details below. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Skilled people are most important part of a pig business

This year's pig industry training courses and workshops will be underway soon and BPEX has published a training and qualifications brochure to summarise all the opportunities on offer, which can be downloaded here.

To find out more about the options and what to choose next, log on to BPEX Live on Monday 23 September or download the recording afterwards.

Skilled and enthusiastic people are the most important part of a successful pig business and the pig industry boasts a range of ways to train and learn new skills at every level, from new stockperson through to pig unit manager.

Stockmanship, leadership and management schemes, practical on-farm qualifications - Certificates of Competence - and local workshops.

Contact clancy.smith@bpex.ahdb.org.uk to order a hard copy of the brochure.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Novel way to provide cleaner water to outdoor sows


A new method of providing clean, fresh water to outdoor sows is being trialled which we hope will improve conception rates, numbers born alive and weaning weights.
 
The trial, on producer Robert Battersby’s unit, is using water tanks to supply clean water rather than a wallow trough which can become contaminated.
 
Anecdotal evidence so far suggests that the piglets weaned from sows drinking from the tanks are more even in size. For more information on this and other BPEX Innovation Fund projects, click here.