BPHS - FREE ABATTOIR REPORTS
In signing up to the PHIP, producers qualify to receive FREE BPEX Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) abattoir reports.
The reports provide producers with detailed carcase health data - an invaluable tool for vets and pig producers in identifying sub-clinical disease – infection that lurks in background without showing any outward symptoms.
With the report information collected by pig vets at participating abattoirs, they give producers a clear picture of the overall health of their herd. They check for evidence of conditions including milk spot liver, pleurisy and enzootic pneumonia-like lesions, and can help with decisions relating to vaccination, production systems and dealing with seasonal health fluctuations. It’s estimated that using the information provided by the scheme could help cut costs of production by up to 5p per kilo.
The latest dates and information on BPHS can be found here
Access to local health mapping
The mapping facility is a key benefit of joining the PHIP. For producers who ‘opt in’ to share their health status information with other registered users, the service raises awareness of any health issues in a farm’s locality.
The mapping system shows disease prevalence, or disease-free status, in the producer’s selected area – the map allows filtering by specific disease (PRRS, enzootic pneumonia, dysentery, mange) and is colour-coded according to the level of infection. Disease-affected units are not identified individually.
With smallholders, as well as commercial units, being encouraged to sign-up to the PHIP and mapping service, the aim is that the service will develop into a comprehensive and invaluable tool that will aid pig movement decision making and biosecurity activity.
Bespoke biosecurity action plan
The biosecurity survey is the first step of the PHIP after signing-up. It’s currently free to the producer and is done with the help of a vet during a routine visit to the farm.
The survey generates a useful blueprint to work from which will help you formulate a biosecurity action plan. The plan suggests where biosecurity measures could be developed or improved and it also outlines what is being done well on the facility, suggesting ways to maintain good practice. Typical action points include stepping up vermin control, logging of vehicles and personnel entering the site and the increased use of signage indicating boundaries and foot baths.
Producers can either ask BPEX to arrange the survey or they can contact their vet directly.
Sign-up to PHIP provides cluster groups of producers with access to a diagnostic testing service. It is currently free where the group agrees to share the results between group members to further aid regional pig health development.
With cluster groups encouraged as a key part of the wider project, this service is easy to coordinate where the members agree to participate and take advantage of this tool for identifying disease in pig herds.
The diagnostic testing is available for four of the key pig sector diseases; swine dysentery, PRRS, enzootic pneumonia and mange. And with evidence that enteric or respiratory diseases cause growth loss of between 170 and 370g per day and cost over £14 per pig in lost profit (before medication and labour), it’s worthwhile taking part.
BPEX regional support
Helping producers come together and make the PHIP work in each locality, BPEX’s regional co-ordinators are available to assist with all aspects of the Project, with Kay and Louise representing northern counties, Patrick in the east of England, and Helen handling the south of England.
Their work includes advice prior to signing-up, through to helping local producers get in contact with each other and arranging cluster group meetings. They can also provide help and information on the tools available to producers signed-up to the scheme.
Whatever the query may be, PHIP regional representatives are on hand to help.
Kay Goodyear: 07870 514374 Kay.Goodyear@bpex.ahdb.org.uk
Louise Wall: 07805 791038 Louise.Wall@bpex.ahdb.org.uk
East and Midlands
Patrick McDonnell: 07805 768423 Patrick.McDonnell@bpex.ahdb.org.uk
Fiona Roberts: 07816 938542 Fiona.Roberts@bpex.ahdb.org.uk
For useful documents relating to health management please visit the following BPEX page - click here
If you are trying to access the eAML2 pig movement service, please visit www.eaml2.org.uk or call the helpline on 0844 335 8400