New ideas are the lifeblood of the pig industry and to
develop them, the British Pig Executive (BPEX) is putting
its money where its mouth is.
A total of seven projects are being funded as part of
the demonstration grant programme out of nine applications.
total cost of the work is £41,000 and there will
be another chance for applications in the Spring.
of Pig Industry Development Mark Wilson said: "These
projects cover a wide range of ideas, some of them fairly
straightforward but all with far-reaching practical implications
for the industry.
Projects will last a maximum of one year
and once they start to show results, the farm data will
be made available so that these demonstration farms can
pass on the results to the benefit of all.
one of the projects is looking at practicalities of water-based
medication rather than in feed. In-feed medication adds
cost to rations and at a time of high feed prices we need
to know whether water-based medication is a real practical
"This gives an idea of the type of project BPEX is
looking for and there is more money in the pot for the
next round of applications which opens in the Spring."
of the projects are from ideas from the Tulip Supply Group
- The true economics of heavier
- Practical application of reduced and
alternative creep feeding in the first two weeks post
- Testing the feasibility of using water
based medication instead of in-feed medication
are looking at:
- Norfolk Free Range Ltd - Steve Hart
- development of a handling and weighing system, incorporating
the Pharmweigh auto drafter to more easily select slaughter
weight pigs in an outdoor finishing situation
- MJ & JA
Easey the development of an outdoor wet feeding system
for individual farrowing paddocks and comparison with
existing dry feeding
- W Rigby and son Ltd - To evaluate
the use of straw bedding waste as energy source for hot
water heating delivering savings on electricity consumption.
Leach and son - To evaluate the move to co-product liquid
feeding on pig performance and feed stuff management
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