Pig industry to benefit from training tool

A training and development web-based tool is scheduled to be introduced to the pig industry. 

Created by the Agriculture & Development Board (AHDB) Pork, the piece of technology has been produced to provide farmers with a simple and flexible way of recording staff skills.

The system is the result of a 12-month consultation with industry members and will provide an alternative to the Pig Industry Professional Register (PIPR). It can be accessed through AHDB’s Pig Hub.

Consultation feedback called for a more robust and flexible system to allow producers to register and recognise the development and training of their employees.

“Over the years, PIPR has proved to be a valuable tool for farmers, but the pig industry has moved on and this new system is better suited to its changing needs,” said AHDB’s skills development officer Samantha Bowsher.

“As a result of our ongoing consultation with farmers in trying to gauge what they need to ensure an efficient and easily accessible system for recording their training, AHDB has developed Pig Pro. We are confident this new system will be welcomed by the industry and will prove to be a valuable recording tool for businesses for all sizes.”

The Pig Pro scheme will allow users to keep a development record throughout their career and provide more freedom over data.

“It is incredibly important to recognise the professionalism within the pig industry and we want to ensure that the hard work and high standards of our members are being recorded in an efficient and accessible way,” added Bowsher.

“These days there is a real demand for members of the pig farming industry to demonstrate competence to groups such as assurance schemes and this one-stop shop will allow you to access all relevant data and recordings needed.”

The Pig Pro scheme is scheduled to go live in September.

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