BPEX blog

Monday, 26 January 2015

Novel alternative to classroom learning

BPEX is encouraging producers to try out its Practical Pig App as a simple and free way to help build practical skills on pig units. Some stockmen don’t always feel that comfortable in a classroom environment and can struggle to learn but producers are finding the app provides an interactive and engaging way to learn on farm with someone they know.

Managers and staff can use the app in situ out on the unit, via a smart phone, tablet or by viewing the app’s video clips on the office PC.The app now has nearly 100 short video clips that demonstrate practical techniques, covering breeding and wean-to-finish systems, both indoor and outdoor.

The clips explain not only how tasks are done but also why they are done in a certain way and what impact that can have on pig productivity. The app is ideal for supervisors to watch with their stockmen, either out on the unit or in the staffroom during tea break – so they can highlight key points and explain them in the context of their particular farm.

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.

Go to: practicalpig.bpex.org.uk or play.google.com or www.apple.com and search for BPEX Practical Pig App.

 

Monday, 12 January 2015

Catch up online with pig producer event presentations

Videos of all the speakers at the BPEX Regional Producer Events are available to catch up with online. The programme featured presentations on how to improve key aspects of pig production management at every stage of the cycle from insemination through to sale, in order improve the pig meat output for every square metre of the unit. 

The events identified key aspects of pig management from breeding through to finishing where changes can be made to improve output. It requires a combination of a number of things; there’s no silver bullet.

The presentations and on-farm video footage offer plenty of practical take-home messages for people who work with the pigs day to day.

In the breeding herd, the speakers covered what makes the biggest difference to weaned pig quality and how to manage the small pig at weaning.

The ‘growth challenge’ in the finishing herd was also addressed and the programme concluded with a discussion of the costs per kg of pig meat produced and the importance of routine data collection and analysis.

To watch the presentations, click here