The AHDB Pork British Pig Health Scheme (BPHS) is an industry-sponsored health monitoring scheme established in 2008.
It monitors English pigs at slaughter for incidence and severity of animal disease on member farms, to help pig producers reduce the level of sub-clinical disease within their herds. Individual data can then be benchmarked against the disease average of others within the scheme. Assessments are carried out at designated abattoirs, which kill the majority of pigs, by specialist veterinarians. Over 300 businesses are receiving comprehensive health data for their herds, but much data is available for thousands of pigs that are not currently signed up.
The scheme is likely to stop in March 2017, so producers are encouraged to sign up and request their data, which will help them determine a health baseline.