Young Farm Vet of the Year
Alasdair MacLeod qualified in 2010 and works in a consultant role for the Garth Pig Practice in East Yorkshire and for Oakwood Veterinary group in East Anglia.
He said: “This award gives me great recognition for the work I do with farmers and colleagues and for what we’re trying to achieve.”
Alasdair qualified from Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, in Spain, having also spent an Erasmus year at Portugal’s Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.
Having worked on the family pig farm in Spain throughout his childhood and studies, he managed the 750-sow unit for nine months after finishing university, before moving to Yorkshire in 2011 to work for breeding firm ACMC as assistant production manager.
In 2012, he took a job with the Garth partnership and moved to north-east Scotland, mainly working with a large outdoor producer. Over the following years this client grew, increasing the herd size dramatically, while he also gained new clients in Scotland.
He has been very closely involved in the expansion of the company’s farming section, carrying out quarterly vet visits, training sessions and strategy meetings, and working alongside stockpeople and management. Herd productivity has increased year on year
In 2018, Alasdair returned to Spain, but is now working mainly in the UK, taking on the role of lead vet for a UK breeding company/ pork processor.
Commenting on the current challenges ahead, Alasdair said: “We’re all very worried about African swine fever, which could have a huge impact on the industry in the UK.
“Challenges also include making sure producers deliver a high quality, safe product that meets the standards the public want, and that producing pigs is economically viable for farmers themselves.
“Hopefully prices will hold strong and the industry will keep growing.”
What the Judges said:
“Alasdair’s nomination really stood out – the vet-farmer relationship is just so important now”