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BPEX Action for Productivity Publications
A series of guides on practical topics from BPEX....
Papular Dermatitis
Papular dermatitis (PD), sometimes seen at the abattoir and on farms, is a type of skin lesion most often the result of hypersensitivity to sarcoptic mange mites. The impacts of mange as well as its prevention and treatment are outlined in No. 12 in the...
Cleaning and Disinfection
A Cleaning and Disinfection plan should form a major part of your veterinary health plan and should be carried out conscientiously, according to BPEX in no. 10 in its series, 'Action for Productivity'....
Porcine Post-Weaning Multi-Systemic Wasting Syndrome: Genetic-Environmental Interactions: Part 2
The aim of this study, reported as number 12 in the series 'Research into Action' from BPEX, was to identify the risk factors and their association with the severity of PMWS at farm level....
Hands-off Handling!
A farm case study from BPEX - number 31 in the series - on using a piglet sorter. Benefits were reported for the piglets and for the staff on weaning day....
Solutions to Summer Infertility
As soon as the temperature rises above 18°C, the adult pig will need to cool itself. If pigs struggle to stay cool, the farrowing rate can drop by as much as 25 per cent, according to the latest newsletter from BPEX, with a small drop in litter size...
Home-Grown Peas and Faba Beans Can Replace SBM in Commercial Pig Diets
Peas and faba beans are a viable home-grown alternative to soybean meal (SBM) in nutritionally balanced grower and finisher pig diets, according to new research at Scottish Agricultural College and partly sponsored by BPEX....
Pigs and the Environment
An assessment by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) of the impact of pork production on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and how the sector is reducing its impact in China, USA, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain,...
Advantages of Covered Creep Areas
Th advantages and disadvantages of covered creeps are outlined by BPEX in No. 11 in its series of Knowledge Transfer Bulletins, along with tips on managing them correctly. ...
Alternative Feeds for Pigs – Knowing the Risks
BPEX highlights the risks associated with using alternative feeds so producers can avoid the pitfalls in No. 13 of its series of Knowledge Transfer Bulletins. ...
Farrowing Paddock Management
Tips on hut design and managing outdoor farrowing from BPEX in No. 32 in its series, Action for Productivity. ...
Ageing and the Impact on Meat Quality
Ageing is the natural process of meat tenderisation after rigor mortis. This is due to the action of muscle enzymes which break down some of the protein structures that ‘hold the meat together’. Ageing has been demonstrated to improve pork tenderness,...
Bird Control and Prevention
The ‘how’s and ‘why’s of wild bird control on pig farms are explained in Knowledge Transfer Bulletin No. 16 from BPEX. ...
Water Usage: Tips on Saving a Precious Resource
Water is a vital aspect of pig production, from supplying the pig’s basic need of freedom from thirst to maintaining animal heath via appropriate cleaning and disinfection. It is also a legal requirement that all pigs have ready access to good quality,...
Optimising Timing of Service
Inseminating at the right time helps achieve the best farrowing rates and litter sizes, according to BPEX Action for Productivity No. 31. ...
Facts about Antimicrobials
Antimicrobials have made a major contribution to improving the health and welfare of pigs for several decades. They are vital for the treatment and control of bacterial infections in pigs. Antibiotics are antimicrobial products, which have, in the past,...
Semen Storage and Handling
Semen is damaged by rough handling, temperature shock and exposure to light, it is, therefore, important that you take care when storing and handling AI doses on your unit, according to BPEX Action for Productivity No. 30. ...
Effective Heat Detection
Accurate heat detection is essential for the correct timing of insemination, however, heat is often missed or misdiagnosed because the signs are overlooked, according to BPEX Action for Productivity No. 29. ...
Opportunities for Improving the Quality of Pork
Each stage of the production chain from farm to cooking times is covered in turn in No. 1 of the Target Pork Quality series from BPEX. ...
Use of pH Meters at Pork Processing Plants
Pork quality and production efficiency can be enhanced through better selection and process control by monitoring the muscle pH of pork carcasses. This fact sheet, No. 2 in the Target Pork Quality series from BPEX, provides information to assist the industry...
Sustainable Farming
Initial results feeding peas or beans to growing pigs are encouraging and further trials have been set up, according to no. 30 of the Farm Case Study series from BPEX. ...
Market Impact of EU Regulations on Group Housing of Sows
Updating an earlier report, the British Pig Executive (BPEX) forecasts that, following the partial ban on sow stalls in the EU from January 2013, pig production in the region is likely to fall by between five and 10 per cent and that processors and retailers...
Teeth Clipping and Grinding
The correct procedures for teeth clipping and grinding are described in no. 18 of the Work Instruction series from BPEX. ...
 
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