BPEX blog

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

BPEX Practical Pig App training tool doubled in size

We've just doubled the size of the BPEX Practical Pig App with a new range of video clips added for the wean-to-finish herd. There are more than 40 new videos demonstrating practical tasks, from preparing weaner accommodation to feed and water checks, ventilation, pig handling and selecting pigs for sale.

These are in addition to the 50 clips on breeding herd management, which were produced for the app’s launch last year. It has already been downloaded more than 1200 times by smartphone or tablet computer users and a further 2600 people have viewed the video clips on the internet.

It’s exciting to see how many producers and stockmen are trying our app and how useful they’re finding it as a training tool. You can use it in situ out on the unit so supervisors can watch the video clips with staff and discuss key points in the context of their particular unit – as seen on the BBC Look East news programme recently! 

If there are pig management techniques producers would like to be added to the app, please let the BPEX knowledge transfer team know at kt@bpex.ahdb.org.uk; it’s a dynamic video library that can be built to suit the industry’s needs.

To download the app, free, for smartphone or tablet computer, go to play.google.com or www.apple.com and search for BPEX Practical Pig App or, to download the videos on a PC or laptop, go to practicalpig.bpex.org.uk

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Meet the BPEX team at Pig and Poultry Fair

The BPEX team will be there to meet and talk to visitors on Stand 49, Hall 2, at Pig and Poultry Fair 2014 next week. 

All are invited to come and have a drink with us and discuss any aspect of their business, from staff training and using the new Practical Pig App to environmental compliance and pig housing. You will also be able to find out about BPEX's new strategy, to be launched at the Fair. 

To help make sure you don’t miss anyone, check the panel, left, for times when specific staff will be available on the stand to meet you and answer your questions. 

Three BPEX speakers are also lined up for the Fair’s 'Outlook for pigs' forum, to help producers make sure their business is competitive, growing and able to successfully overcome the challenges ahead. The forum will look at on-farm productivity, trends in the retail market and where to invest to ensure business success in the years ahead. 

For more information, go to: www.bpex.org.uk/events/conferences/pigfair.aspx