Bpex takes steps to tackle seasonal infertility

Bpex is attempting to tackle one of the pig industry’s perennial problems, seasonal infertility, by holding a series of meetings.

The first meeting was recently held in Bury St Edmunds, where the results of a series of interventions carried out on farms were outlined.

Bpex’s Richard Bows said: “The meeting was attended by about 40 people, including producers, allied industry, nutritionists, feed companies and pharmaceutical firms, so the whole industry was covered.

“I was really pleased with how well-attended the meeting was, with the audience providing some very useful and constructive feedback, both during and after the meeting. A second is being held in the north of England on Tuesday, 8 April.”

Interventions covered included the provision of shade and the feeding of dextrose.

Bows added: “There were many very positive comments about the workshop as this is a problem from which the industry has always suffered.

“It is important to try to find ways of reducing the effects and improving efficiency which will have a direct effect on profitability.”

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