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BPEX to Report Successful Year for Pig Health

by 5m Editor
24 April 2012, at 7:42am

UK - BPEX Director, Mick Sloyan, will be announcing new developments for pig health at the Pig & Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh on 15 May 2012 at 9:30am, on stand 48.

As the national Pig Health Improvement Project (PHIP) scheme approaches its first anniversary, BPEX is anticipated to report strong support from producers and industry alike at this year’s Pig & Poultry Fair.

Visitors are invited to attend the stand to hear BPEX’s plans and will have the opportunity, on both days, to speak with other producers taking part in the PHIP to ask questions and share ideas.


Mick Sloyan

Pig producers can also take home a free cleaning and disinfection DVD and factsheet, offering detailed guidelines on the best approach to cleaning and disinfecting pig units.

Helen Clarke of BPEX adds: "As well as the cleaning & disinfectant pack which is available to everyone, there will be an limited number of PHIP branded pig moving boards available on a first come, first serve basis for people who fill out BPEX’s PHIP opinion survey. We urge visitors to get to the stand early to be in with a chance of taking home one of these top quality moving boards."

Members of BPEX’s health team will be on hand to answer any questions and assist prospective members in signing up to the PHIP.

Helen Clarke of BPEX explains: “To date 345 businesses have signed up to the national Pig Health Improvement Project (PHIP), which represents 1172 individual units.“ adds Helen “These figures are very encouraging and we’re very pleased with the uptake. The PHIP has also demonstrated that a number of our health services such as the BPHS abattoir reports and on-farm biosecurity action planning can be accumulated under one national umbrella scheme; we now have big plans for its continued development.

“The project, which went national in July 2011, involves vets and producers working closely together to ensure the long-term sustainability of pig farming. By encouraging collaboration, the PHIP takes an action-orientated approach to reducing the incidence of disease in pig herds.“

For more information about BPEX’s presence at this year’s Pig & Poultry Fair or to find out about the Pig Health Improvement Project, go to www.bpex.org.uk or call 0247 647 8877.