Outdoor pig production enters spotlight

Securing the future of outdoor pig production is the topic of discussion at AHDB Pork’s upcoming meeting, ‘Maintaining water quality in East Anglia’. 

Pig producers in the region are being encouraged to attend the meeting to be held this coming Monday (27 June) at The George Hotel in Swaffham, Norfolk.

“The meeting will bring farmers and industry stakeholders together to discuss the issue of maintaining drinking water quality in East Anglia,” said Andrew Palmer, AHDB Pork’s knowledge exchange manager for the east. “It’s a great opportunity for producers and water companies to start working collaboratively and we believe that, together, we can help safeguard the future of outdoor production.

“When not managed correctly, farming practices can cause issues for water companies in terms of contaminating drinking water supplies. The meeting will help farmers to understand the issues water companies are facing and will also help them review and learn about farming techniques that will help protect watercourses.”

Although various industry stakeholders will be presenting during the conference, there will also be the opportunity for open discussion.

“A representative from Anglian Water will talk about the importance of maintaining water quality and the key issues that they are facing,” added Palmer. “Following this, an environment officer from the Environment Agency (EA) will highlight the key regulations pig farmers face.

“Attendees will then be given the opportunity to have an open discussion about their experiences before receiving practical management tips from the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG). A review of the current resources and support that is available from AHDB Pork will also take place towards the end of the meeting.”

Palmer concluded by urging producers to attend the conference for their own benefit. “The aim of this meeting isn’t to point the finger – it’s about moving forwards and working together to safeguard the future of outdoor pig production.”

For further event details and to register, you can contact Palmer on Andrew.Palmer@ahdb.org.uk or 07976 443454.

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