The pig industry is looking to horticulture, human medicine and aquatics to find new ways to safeguard pig health.

Pig health to be discussed at BPEX Innovation Conference

Experts from these areas will discuss these topics with pig industry professionals at the annual BPEX Innovation Conference on May 13 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. 

Attendees will be able to find out more about the latest management techniques and technologies for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pig diseases, as well as the latest scientific developments at the free one-day event. 

The University of Worcester’s Alison Wakeham, who will discuss novel diagnostics from the horticultural sector, said: “There are massive similarities between growing cucumbers in greenhouses and growing pigs in ventilated buildings. For example, problems with disease coming in from outside, the need to clean effectively between batches to prevent cross-contamination and to identify infectious diseases promptly to reduce associated production problems.”

The conference aims to enable English pig businesses to investigate and adopt the most relevant innovations, to help them grow their profitability and compete in the global marketplace. 

BPEX technical innovation manager Charlotte West said: “The field of rapid diagnostics has expanded significantly and there is a lot we can learn from other industries as well as our own sector. It is particularly important because of new and emerging diseases on the horizon, as well as the need to pinpoint more accurately and treat infectious organisms to help manage our use of antibiotics.”

There will be smaller, informal breakout discussions during the day to hear from pig producers and researchers about technologies already being applied in industry, including the latest in precision farming, how the waste food industry is reducing odour and technologies for outdoor pigs.

For full programme details and to register online, visit www.bpex.org.uk/events/conferences/2015/innovation-conference

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