Nearly 400 people attended the 2017 National Pig Awards, as 15 awards were handed out to those who had demonstrated innovation and excellence in their fields. 

King’s Lynn outdoor producer Richard Mellor has been named Pig Producer of the Year and picked up the Outdoor Producer of the Year at a prestigious ceremony at London’s Lancaster Hotel on Monday night.

The 950-sow unit located near produced an impressive 28.16 pigs weaned per sow per year, well above the AHDB top 10% average of 26.52, while the judges were also impressed with his desire to keep all of the unit’s kit up-to-date, ensuring his sows are kept in the best possible conditions. This includes buying 20 to 30 farrowing huts and 10 to 12 dry sow huts per year.

The unit was adjudged the overall winner at the fourth National Pig Awards, presented by the BBC’s Charlotte Smith, after going head-to-head with the winner of the Indoor Pig Producer of the Year, Steve Blaken, of H & C Blaken & Son.

For the full list of results, including one winner who had a particularly interesting day click here

The NPA’s Chris Brant Award was also announced at the event, with Pig World founding editor Sam Walton a very popular winner. To read more on that award, click here

 

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