Pig veteran joins Bpex board

The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed Suffolk pig producer Simon Watchom as the newest member of the Bpex board.

Watchom, who joins Bpex in the new year, runs a 600-sow outdoor breed-to-finish unit, is a director of Thames Valley Cambac, and has 20 years of experience in the industry.

Bpex chairman Stewart Houston said: “It is great to have Simon on board. He has worked with the National Pig Association (NPA) and understands the issues facing the industry. He is in a position to make a valuable and positive contribution to Bpex.”

Watchom is a former member of the NPA producer group and also sat on the Real Welfare review group.

The producer said: “I feel the main issue is for the industry to remain able to demonstrate clearly to our customers that the pork they purchase comes from British farms, is assured, produced to a very high standard by farmers who really care about producing pork and is aimed at giving them a repeatable great eating experience.

“There will always be disease challenges, constant demands from both the UK government and the EU for more legislation. This will need to be managed, in close conjunction with the NPA. The volatility in the buying of food will never be far away.”

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