Bpex outlines pig conference details

Feeding and performance data will take centre stage at this year’s Bpex Innovation Conference.

The annual conference, which is free to attend, will include a series of talks from sector experts as well as delivering results from a Canadian research programme on precision feeding.

Bpex technical communications manager Miriam Drewett said: “This year’s conference themes – feeding and performance data – are two of the biggest influences on physical pig performance and cost efficiency. Through this event, Bpex is highlighting exciting and innovative solutions to meet the needs of modern, competitive businesses, looking locally and globally as well as learning from other industries.

“Science, management techniques and technologies are emerging all the time and it’s vital that we investigate them and adopt the best and most relevant available to make sure English pig businesses can grow and compete in the global marketplace.”

Precision feeding has been hotly debated in the pig sector as a solution to group feeding, or phase feeding programmes, which has resulted in under- or over-weight pigs. The results of research undertaken will presented at the conference by nutritionist Mick Hazleden.

There will also be discussion over recording and data interpretation, chaired by Simon Guise of pigs genetics business Rattlerow, which will involve pig and poultry producers showing how they use data in their businesses, what the data means and how it can be used in their management.
The conference will be held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on 23 June 2014.

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