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
BPEX can prepare maps for producers and vets who are members of PHIP that show the number and size of units in your local vicinity. This can help with health planning, particularly where depopulation of units is planned. We can also provide a service to contact others in your area to discuss health issues, giving you all the knowledge you require to make business decisions.
Go to "contact us" to submit your request
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.
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 (currently on maternity leave)
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