A co-ordinated plan to tackle urgently needed research in the British pig
industry is being drawn up by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
Director of Pig Industry Development Mark Wilson is writing to research
scientists and development workers in the pig industry.
He is pulling together ideas with a view to commissioning programmes of work
appropriate to the needs of the industry.
Mark said: "The BPEX strategy for the development of a sustainable pig
industry in the UK began with "The Road to Recovery" which was developed
with extensive consultation with the pig industry.
"With a research and development strategy in place to deliver the goals of
R2R, BPEX will begin to address the challenges facing the industry now and
in the future through research and development, demonstration, knowledge
transfer and industry uptake.
"The proposals we are looking for must include plans for demonstration and
"To start with, programme commissioning will be based on the priorities
identified after extensive consultation with the pig industry."
These priorities are:
- Control of endemic, enteric and respiratory disease.
- Control and eradication of specific diseases.
- Matching nutrient requirement to pig potential.
- Nutrition and feeding systems management.
- Enhancement of welfare.
- Improvement in the quality of pig meat eating experience.
- Enhancement of benefits of consuming pig meat.
- Management and business control systems.
Mark said: "Proposals that focus on near future industry problems and the
winning of relatively immediate product quality enhancements and efficiency
gains will be favoured in the short term.
"BPEX is also looking to fund PhDs linked to these research projects so we
can make sure we attract top quality scientists to continue to provide
technical support for the industry. "
Anybody wishing to submit concept notes should contact Mark for further
information, Mark_Wilson@mlc.org.uk or fax 01908 844214.