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Southern Hemisphere Help for English Pigs

Australian pig expert Dr Paul Hughes will reveal the latest knowledge on pig reproduction next month at two special BPEX Two-Tonne Sow events for English pig producers.


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‘Reproduction: What’s New?’ will be held in Chippenham and Wetherby on the evenings of 9 and 10 May 2012.

When Paul visited two years ago, his meetings were a sell-out success. He provides a clear and often challenging view on the practicalities of breeding herd management and how to improve performance, drawing on years of pig farming experience and his research at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).

BPEX knowledge transfer manager Angela Cliff said: “New ideas and advice on how they can be put into practice are invaluable, as we move the English industry nearer to the two-tonne sow goal.

“We’re really looking forward to this update and are thrilled to offer producers the chance to talk with Paul directly.”

The topics for both meetings are:

  • Gestation management (housing and feeding)

  • Seasonal infertility

  • Feeding for litter size

  • Lactational oestrus

There will be an open discussion afterwards, troubleshooting problems commonly seen out in the field, including a small panel of English pig industry representatives; Mick Hazzeldine from Premier Nutitrion and Dr Steven Jagger from ABN will be among those on the panels on 9 and 10 May respectively.

Both events will start with a hot buffet at 6.00pm and finish at 9.30pm:

  • Wednesday 9 May at Stanton Manor Hotel, Chippenham

  • Thursday 10 May at Wetherby Racecourse

Contact Clancy Smith on 0247 647 8792 or email to book a place.

BPEX is the organisation for pig levy payers in England and is a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

link BPEX Pig Finisher Challenge for 2012
link Positive News for Pork Sales
link East Midlands Pig Farmers Frank About Health

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