BPEX embarks on novel pig welfare scheme

By Freddie Dawson

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The British Pig Executive (BPEX) has launched a new project that takes a novel approach to pig welfare by focusing on outcomes rather than inputs.

The Welfare Outcomes Project is expected to take about a year to complete, said a spokeswoman.

“Rather than looking at the inputs and saying because we put in x, y and z the welfare is good, we’re going to look at the output, the pig itself.”

BPEX will work with vets and producers on more than 300 farms to​evaluate welfare and establish benchmark values for finishing pigs and breeding sow systems.

UK leads Europe on welfare standards

The project is designed to help the UK - which claims to have led the field on pig welfare in Europe over the past decade - stay ahead of the curve, she added

Despite the higher costs of more stringent welfare standards for producers, they did confer marketing benefits, claimed BPEX: “Higher welfare standards are highly appealing to consumers. There is a certain demand for locally-produced and higher welfare pork with standards such as Red Tractor farm assurance.

“But there is also a certain proportion of consumers that just buy according to price, and supermarkets have to cater for them.”

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