‘Hands-on’ initiative launched by AHDB Pork

The industry’s levy board AHDB Pork has launched a new Focus Farm initiative for pig producers. 

The programme is focused on ‘hands-on’ involvement, with the aim of improving financial pig performance.

The industry-led project provides pig farmers, veterinarians and industry experts with a platform to discuss challenges facing the sector through open discussions and tours of commercial units. An example farm will be available to test or demonstrate new ideas and technologies in practice and to improve pig performance.

“We encourage farmers and industry experts from all over the country to come along,” said Charlotte Evans, technical innovation manager at AHDB Pork. “The first session will be in Lancashire, but it isn’t restricted to farmers in that area.” The open evening will be held on Monday 20 June 2016.

“We’re encouraging the pig industry to get involved with the project from the outset,” added Evans. “On our own we may not have all the answers, but, together, we can address some of today’s issues and work through them, pooling knowledge and experience.”

The first sessions will give attendees the chance to tour the host focus farm and review data, benchmark and then look at solutions which can be tested and monitored on the 250-sow unit.

This project will allow the industry to share real time, real farm, real situational experiences and up-to-date knowledge to enhance pig performance.

Attendees who wish to register must do so before Tuesday 14 June by emailing kt.pork@ahdb.org.uk or by calling 02476 478792.

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