PIG WEBSITE IS WORLD'S FIRST

23 November, 2006

A new website, designed to track and improve the profitability of a pig enterprise, has been set up to offer a service that it's creators claim 'is the first of its type in the world'.

A joint venture between the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) and the British Pig Executive (BPEX), the site pulls together the financial and physical performance data from the RMIF benchmarking clubs and the health data from the BPEX run British Pig Health Scheme.

RMIF project manager Clare Wise said: "This is an exciting development for producers. For the first time they will have easy access to all the information they need to improve their profitability which will be

invaluable.

"It has been designed to be user-friendly to make it as easy as possible for producers to get the greatest value out of it."

BPEX strategy co-ordinator Andrew Knowles said: "The BPHS data allows members to identify sub-clinical disease before it is evident on the farm. "This initiative will, for the first time, help identify the cost of health conditions on a farm's bottom line as well as physical performance."

The hosting website is www.primenumbers.co.uk where, once you are logged on as a user, you will be able to identify your unit from your slap mark and access your herd health status. The site is fully confidential with a gatekeeper preventing information getting into the wrong hands.

For further information please contact the RMIF on 01908 844245 or email

fiona_washington@rmif.org.uk .





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