Ian Campbell receives MBE

Ian Campbell, who retired from the National Pig Association as regions manager this year following a 38-year career in the pig industry, has received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Ian Campbell, who retired from the National Pig Association as regions manager this year following a 38-year career in the pig industry, has received an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to the pig industry and the voluntary sector.

Campbell said: "I am very honoured to receive the MBE and see this as recognition of having been associated with the struggles of the pig industry through a variety of crises and changing market conditions. It has been a long fight and I believe the real recognition should go to the many people in the industry who have really taken the battle to the wider public and, in doing so, taken their time and effort away from their farms and businesses.

"We recently hosted the European Pig Producers congress in Norwich and I was proud to see the number of pig producers from across Europe who came together to exchange views and ideas. It is positive for the future to see increasing links being forged between our younger generation of farmers and their European neighbours."

He continued: "We have had a number of successes over the years that I could not have shared in without the whole-hearted support of the industry. However, it should not be forgotten that there have been many casualties along the way. I hope that the recent increases in global commodity prices will help focus the minds of retailers and processors in sitting down with producers to develop genuine sustainable pigmeat supply chains."

Stewart Houston, NPA chairman and chairman of BPEX said: "Ian has been a spokesman for the industry through some of its toughest times. He has the trust of producers, the allied industry and government, due to his integrity and straightforward approach. He's a good friend to us all and it's great to see him honoured in this way."

Barney Kay, NPA general manager, said: "There's not a pig farmer in the country that won't be delighted to hear that Ian has received this recognition for the hard graft he's put in over the years on behalf of the industry. His rare blend of wisdom and humour has often coaxed a more moderate line from government officials."

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