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Latest Feed Info

feed info

While early indicators suggest there could be concerns over the availability of quality wheat, current global outlooks suggest good supplies of wheat coming to the world market as the harvest in the Northern Hemisphere progresses. The first official crop estimate from the French Agriculture Ministry (L’Agreste) released last week indicates that the dry conditions experienced during the spring months are likely to have resulted in lower production for this year’s harvest. The French soft wheat crop is forecast to be down 10 per cent year-on-year and barley output down 17 per cent .
LIFFE nearby wheat futures firmed slightly over the week with 11 Nov closing on Thursday at £166, up £4 on the previous week.
Soyameal prices rebounded from the lows of last week as soyabean markets in the US rallied in response to uncertain growing conditions for the US crop. Forecasted dry weather, for the coming weeks, added further uncertainty into a market which is already expecting tight supplies due to the planted area being below the required levels. US soyameal values have also been supported by the lack of plentiful feed alternatives. Chicago soyabean futures gained $7 to $491 per tonne which dragged Chicago soya meal prices higher to $382 per tonne after trading as low at $373 per tonne at the start of the week.

Click here for more feed information.


Latest Link Updates

Pig Market Update

Manager Scheme - PMDS

ZNCPig Scheme


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BPEX Weekly: 15 July 2011

Marketing News

Summer BBQ Booklet

bbq leaflet

A new LovePork Summer BBQ booklet is now in all participating butchers, with plenty of new recipe ideas for their customers based around Red Tractor pork.

It also provides tips on safe preparation and grilling!

To download the booklet, click here.

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Tweeting Butchers

The BPEX butchery service is now on Twitter. Click here to follow us, comment or see who we’re following. There is also a guide available for butchers who are not yet 'Tweeting' and are wondering whether they should. Click here to find out more

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Jamie Leaves Sainsburys

TV chef Jamie Oliver is ending his partnership with supermarket group Sainsbury's after 11 years.

The chef, whose deal with the firm was thought to be worth £1m a year, has been involved in more than 100 TV adverts and many other projects.

Mr Oliver and Sainsbury's will end the partnership with a final advertising campaign this Christmas. He said in a statement: "I'll miss [Sainsbury's], but it's a good time to move on." Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King said Mr Oliver had been an "excellent ambassador" for his company. The chef said he wanted to spend more time on his social projects through the Jamie Oliver Foundation.

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Knowledge Transfer

2TS Tip of the Week: Hot Air Balloons

Outdoor pig unit owners should consider registering with the British Balloon and Airship Club (BBAC). If you register your outdoor herd it will be marked as a ‘sensitive area’ on ballooning maps for the pilots to be aware of, as part of their Code of Conduct.  

If you have balloons going directly over your unit, make a note of the time, date and colour/advertising features of the balloon and contact the BBAC. For more details on how to contact the BBAC and register your unit click here or email information@bbac.org

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Calling Pig Managers

Now is the time to get started on applications for the second BPEX Professional Manager Development Scheme which will start in January. Applications opened this month. On successful completion, participants will achieve an Institute of Leadership and Management Certificate in First Line Management.

The 10 training sessions will involve an evening discussion with an allied industry company, followed by a day of management training delivered by Cedar Associates. Each week for the next couple of months BPEX Weekly will briefly outline the content of each module, this week it’s Part 4 – Developing yourself and your team. Following this session participants will be better able to:

  • Create standards for good practice and agree long-term development objectives for staff
  • Set realistic and measurable interim targets and create action plans
  • Improve people’s performance through coaching and encouragement
  • Conduct one-to-one meetings to monitor a person’s performance, agree problems and improvement ideas.

For more details about the scheme or if you would like to discuss the course and funding available, contact Tess Howe tess.howe@bpex.ahdb.org.uk, visit the training area of the BPEX website or download this leaflet.

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Need to Know: Planning

environment hub

The BPEX Environment hub is a source of all sorts of information, including the facts you need to know before you put up a new farm office or install a wind turbine.

Planning permission is required for all Development as defined by Section 55 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990. This includes building and engineering works as well as non-agricultural change of use, eg converting an old pig building into a business unit. How this is interpreted at local level is subject to the opinion of the Local Planning Authority (LPA) so it is wise to check with them first.
Some renewable energy installations require planning permission, although some may proceed as permitted development. A wind turbine above 12m (or 3m if within 3km of an airfield) will require planning permission, while one below 12m might be able to proceed with a permitted development notification as long as the other criteria for Class A are satisfied. 

If you’re thinking of making any changes to developments on your unit, installing a wind turbine or changing the use of a building, check out the BPEX Environment Hub to make sure you know the facts.

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Lorry Wash on the Move


The BPEX Lorry wash project is coming to the East Midlands! BPEX would like to invite all abattoirs, anyone hauling livestock to slaughter and any interested parties to join a workshop at the end of the month. The meeting will be hosted by Peter Kettlewell and Eddie Harper, both of whom have considerable experience in livestock transport. Topics to be covered include current and proposed standards, improvements to vehicle cleaning procedures and the importance to the sustainability of the pig industry. The meeting will be held on 28 July, 6pm at The Derbyshire Hotel, South Normanton, DE55 2EH. As part of the BPEX health improvement programmes we are tackling issues of biosecurity throughout the supply chain. The industry started with health surveys and biosecurity audits of farms; now part of the trade needs to follow and improve its business biosecurity.

To register contact Helen Clarke on 07973 701369 or email helen.clarke@bpex.ahdb.org.uk.

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Swine Dysentery Meeting

Another meeting is taking place on 19 July in Cullompton for producers who could not make it to the packed-out Swine Dysentery meeting held in Newbury recently. More than 50 people, representing marketing groups, livestock hauliers, abattoirs, vets and pig farmers attended.

For more information on forthcoming meetings and how to sign up for the National Health Improvement Programme contact:

Katrin Turvey 07816 939 130 or Helen Clarke 07973 701 369

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Boar Taint Control

target pork quality

Advice on controlling boar taint in pork has just been published as part of BPEX’s Target Pork Quality factsheet series.

Boar taint is an odour or flavour which is offensive to some people if they detect it when cooking or eating pork or pork products. It is important that producers minimise the risk of boar taint to ensure they produce consistent, high quality pork and pigmeat products for consumers.

The odour or flavour is a result of high concentrations of androstenone and/or skatole in the meat. Androsterone is a natural sex pheromone found in boars and skatole is a by-product of digestion in the pig.

The BPEX factsheet highlights a number of areas that pig producers can manage to minimise the risk of boar taint, including:

  • pig pen hygiene
  • ventilation
  • dietary fibre – increasing fibre content can help
  • dietary protein – avoid feeding excessive protein
  • age for weight – achieve target pig weight at a younger age

Plus there is information on technologies in the pipeline that may help control boar taint in future.

Interestingly, consumers often react differently to boar taint depending on which part of the world they are from and whether they are male or female. For example, the British are generally less critical of pork with boar taint than other consumers across Europe. Females are more likely to be sensitive to boar taint than men, at least when it relates to androstenone.

For a copy of Target Pork Quality No.6: Boar taint and its control click here or call 02476 478 792

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Nigel Hits New Orleans


BPEX environment programme manager, Nigel Penlington, has been in New Orleans this week as an invited speaker at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association.

Nigel gave a presentation on ‘Environmental management regulations in Europe’ and BPEX is delighted that he is representing the industry across the pond.

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National News:

Latest BPHS Dates

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Tulip, Ashton

Wednesday, 20 July

Woodhead, Spalding

Wednesday, 20 July

Tulip, Spalding

Thursday, 21 July

Woodhead, Spalding

Thursday, 21 July

Cranswick, Hull

Thursday, 21 July


Monday, 25 July

H G Blake

Monday, 25 July

Tulip, Westerleigh

Tuesday, 26 July

Cranswick, Norfolk

Tuesday, 26 July

Vion, Malton

Tuesday, 26 July

Vion, Wiveliscombe

Wednesday, 27 July


Wednesday, 27 July

Tulip, Ashton

Thursday, 28 July

Tulip, Spalding

Friday, 29 July

Cranswick, Hull

Friday, 29 July

New assessment dates for July to December 2011 in all participating abattoirs have been published and are available on the BPEX website.


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Pig Movements Link

The Business Link website now has a page with information and a link to the electronic pig movement service, eAML2.


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AHDB Annual Report

The publication, this week, of the third Annual Report and Accounts for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board records a year of enormous progress for the new levy board in delivering better value services to make levy payers' businesses more competitive and sustainable.

AHDB has been able to deliver more for every pound spent by improving its operating efficiency and, where there is a shared levy payer benefit, increasing partnership working between its sector-focused divisions.

For the year ending 31 March 2011, AHDB delivered an operating surplus of £1.56m (2009/10: £0.268m) and a retained deficit of £81k compared to a £2.5m retained deficit in 2009/10, despite losing a £3.75m Advantage West Midlands grant in September 2010.

AHDB Chief Executive, Tom Taylor, said: “We are on track to deliver both an operating and retained surplus in 2011/12. “Efficiencies achieved through improved systems resulted in 15p in every pound of income spent on corporate support costs in the year ending 31 March 2011 compared to 19p in the previous year.

Click here for the full news release and click here to download the Annual Report and Accounts for 2010/11.

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Top Chinese Talent


One of China’s brightest young graduates has joined a leading UK pig genetics company and will play a key role in their plans for sales growth in China and Asia.

Yolanda Hou, who started work at JSR Genetics earlier this year, joins as part of the UK China Graduate Work Experience Programme, a reciprocal government-led initiative giving UK companies access to the top 2-5% of Chinese graduates.

Yolanda, who was specially selected for JSR by recruitment experts, will be assisting International Sales Director Paul Anderson, and his team, in all aspects of their work with Chinese customers. 

“China and Asia are very important target markets for JSR,” says Mr Anderson, “and we recognise how vital it is to have the best team on the ground to liaise with customers and provide local insight. “It was through our connections with AHDB and BPEX that we became aware of the reciprocal scheme that allows Chinese graduates to work in the UK for British companies interested in exporting to China,” explains Mr Anderson. “This was a timely opportunity and one we didn’t want to miss.”

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Freedom Farrowing Trial

A new trial at the Morgan’s family pig farm at Porkthorpe near Driffield has started to look at the benefits of over 70 farrowing systems or ‘freedom pens’ on site, which aim to provide a high welfare environment for sows and piglets while they are suckling.

The Morgans are also trialling industrial resin flooring for the new farrowing accommodation using a BPEX Innovation Fund grant which is hoped will further improve the environment for sows and piglets.

Sainsbury’s is working in partnership with the Morgan family, who run a herd of 1,200 sows, to trial new methods. The aim of the collaboration is to strive for greater animal welfare and improve sustainability on farms. Currently, the Morgan family provide over 800 pigs a week to Sainsbury’s for fresh pork products, including sausages and ham. Sainsbury’s is providing additional funding for the concept farm to pilot new and alternative ways of working.

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Online Blends Calculator

BOCM Pauls has launched a Blends Calculator to help producers formulate diets.

It is available on the company's new website and allows users to input the nutritional balance they want, along with the raw materials. The calculator will then work out what proportions are required to create a balanced feed.

As the product is formulated, users can see the analysis of the blend. Various options can be considered and can be saved and retrieved at a later date. Once the user has formulated a blend he is happy with, it can be sent to his local BOCM Pauls Blended Farm Feeds plant for a quote.

"Blends have many advantages, but for me the most important use is for farmers who have their own feed supplies on farm but have to add other raw materials for balanced nutrition. Each farm is different, so the blend can be the missing jigsaw piece in the middle," said blends director Bill Souter.

For more information about Blended Farm Feeds and to find the Blends Calculator go to www.blendscalculator.co.uk.

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Old Spots Needed

A London-based wholesale catering butcher with a prestigious retail shop is looking for Gloucester Old Spot pigs. Must be able to deliver into London on a regular basis.

Contact Tony Goodger via tony.goodger@bpex.ahdb.org.uk

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International News:

Protein Plans Backed

Members of the European Parliament have backed plans to allow processed animal protein back into EU animal feed. MEPs voted in favour of the Roth-Behrendt report, which recommends allowing pigs to be fed poultry protein and poultry to be fed pig protein.

The Commission's TSE Roadmap 2 proposes a possible gradual lifting of the prohibition on the feeding of processed animal proteins (PAP) to non-ruminants.

Given the EU's ‘protein deficit’, MEPs back this idea, subject to strict conditions and safeguards. These include stipulating that the PAP must come from species not linked to TSE and may be fed only to non-herbivores.

Prohibitions on cannibalism must remain and only processed animal proteins fit for human consumption should be used, MEPs added.

The report recommends a number of relaxations to BSE rules to reflect the declining risk posed by the disease, although it stresses that any changes must maintain high animal and public health standards.


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Reducing Antimicrobials

Presentations at the SafePork 2011 meeting in Maastricht highlighted the increasing pressure on farmers in Denmark and the Netherlands to reduce antimicrobial use in pig production. In response to an increase in the consumption of antimicrobials in the Danish pig production, a voluntary ban on use of cephalosporin in Danish swine herds for a two-year period and a ‘yellow card’ scheme for farmers with the highest use of antibiotics were introduced in July 2010. Approximately 10% of Danish herds are above the yellow card threshold value.

The first yellow cards were given to farmers in December which includes restrictions on oral medication usage and supervision from the authorities – most of which expenses have to be covered by the farmer. Use of antimicrobials in pigs in the second half of 2010 fell 12.5 % compared to the same half-year in 2009. This decrease has continued into 2011.

In the Netherlands, animal daily doses per year are calculated for each pig farm and veterinary surgeon. These are compared against benchmark indicators defined by the medicines authority. The aim is to achieve a ‘voluntary’ reduction by 30% by the end of 2011 and 50% by the end of 2013. Comparisons have shown that antibiotic usage in pigs in the Netherlands appears to be the highest in the EU and MRSA prevalence there and in Germany are also among the highest in the EU.

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Croatia to Join EU

Croatia will join the European Union on 1 January 2013 with no transition period. Croatia is one of the main markets for EU pork.

To read the full Export Bulletin, click here.

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International Prices

For the latest international price, click here.

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BPEX, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2TL