BPEX is offering a bureau service to vets wishing to submit data on Real Welfare assessments carried out while the delayed i-Pig smartphone app is completed and tested to ensure accurate and reliable data capture.

Data collection and submission of Real Welfare assessment becomes mandatory for Red Tractor compliance as of July 1, 2013.

Real Welfare is an industry-led project funded by BPEX to help pig producers demonstrate pig welfare and boost productivity, using “welfare outcomes” or “animal-based” measures.
PigsVets can submit data directly via a web portal (i-pig.org).

However, development of a planned i-Pig smartphone app for Real Welfare has been delayed, so BPEX is to offer a bureau service to vets, operated by Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL).

This service is a stop-gap measure while the development of the app is completed and it has been fully tested to ensure accurate and reliable data capture. It means that vets who do not wish to use the web portal can send in results on paper for bureau staff to input on their behalf.

The service will be available for welfare assessments carried out from July 1 and is scheduled to run for six months.
Research projects manager Katja Stoddart said: “The app is still under development and is being tested but there are still some issues with it. We will be working extremely hard over the next few months to debug it before we release it to vets.
“However it is still extremely important to collect data so there two options are being offered, the web portal or the bureau service which BPEX will fund.”
Vets wishing to use the bureau service will be able to post, fax or scan and email the forms. BPEX will provide all practices with return envelopes for them.

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