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Free Ventilation Advice to Boost Pig Health

by 5m Editor
18 July 2012, at 11:31am

UK - Ventilation specialist John Chambers will answer pig producers’ questions about the potential effects of ventilation on pig productivity at the next BPEX Live online workshop, on Monday 30 July 2012, 7.00 – 8.00pm.

He will explain where to start to pinpoint practical solutions to improve pig health and performance.

Everyone is invited to join in the discussion, or just listen and pick up some practical tips from the comfort of their own home or office.

The online workshop is part of a new project from the BPEX Health and Environment teams, who have come together to offer producers the opportunity to access free ventilation advice for pig housing.

Recent work by BPEX has highlighted that poor ventilation on pig farms is one of the key factor s which act as a barrier to the industry’s attempts to improve pig health.

John Chambers explains that efficient ventilation systems effectively draw fresh air into a building, removing the stale air, which contains a proportion of microbes, dust, harmful gases and water vapour. “Where systems are either not well managed or failing to function properly, there are detrimental implications to pig health and performance, particularly during warm weather,“ he says.

Register for BPEX Live at: www.bpex.org.uk/news/events/webinars.

For help and information, please contact Alaina Arnold on alaina.arnold@bpex.ahdb.org.uk, 0247 647 8812.

The BPEX ventilation project is also offering a full buildings assessment and detailed report from John Chambers free of charge to 25 pig units across the country who are part of Pig Health Improvement Project (PHIP) cluster groups.

These reports will be discussed at upcoming cluster group meetings, where any key points that apply to other producers will be explored. There will also be a best practice ventilation guide available to all pig producers, covering some of the points raised. If these first 25 consultations go well, BPEX will look at ways to extend the project to help more producers improve ventilation and pig health.