Improving the health and welfare of English pigs is of paramount importance to the industry. It affects our cost of production, our ability to compete in the EU market, our impact on the environment, the safety of the food we produce, our responsibility to the animals in our care and our reputation as a producer of high welfare pork.
Read more in the 20:20 Pig Health and Welfare strategy published in 2011, and in the Pig Health and Welfare Council Annual Report 2012.
- Cleaning and disinfection and good biosecurity are important places to start – browse the publications section for practical advice.
- The BPEX Pig Health Scheme provides abattoir reports with detailed carcase inspection data, an invaluable tool for vets and pig producers in identifying sub-clinical disease.
Other key services, originally set up under the Pig Health Improvement Project, are:
- Biosecurity action plan. This questionnaire generates a useful blueprint to work from to help producers formulate a biosecurity action plan. It suggests where biosecurity could be improved and it also outlines what is being done well, suggesting ways to maintain good practice.
- Regional support. Where producers are looking to work with other local producers to manage health challenges, BPEX knowledge transfer managers can help facilitate new and existing groups or initiatives.
- Mapping. BPEX can prepare maps for producers and vets that show the number and size of units in a local area. This can help with health planning, particularly where depopulation of units is planned. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0247 647 8893