Chris Brant Award

Chris Brant Award to honour the ‘grassroots heroes

The NPA Chris Brant Award, named after producer and pig industry activist Chris Brant, will once again be presented on the night. All entries are nominated by industry peers and judged by pig producers and members of the allied industries. The award continues to grow in stature – 2021 saw a great number of entries, with the usual high quality nominations. Another very worthy winner will be unveiled at this year’s National Pig Awards.

Richard Longthorp, the award sponsor and a previous winner, himself, said the award recognised ‘the industry’s honest-to-goodness grassroots heroes’. It dates back to 1999 when it was presented to Chris, who died in July 2009, and John Cusson at the People in Pigs event, in East Yorkshire. “Chris Brant was hard-working, blunt, rambunctious, a talented pig producer and as straight as a gun barrel. And he never, ever, failed to step up to the mark when his industry needed him,” Richard said. In memory of the man, the award’s guiding principles state: “The Chris Brant Award is not about doing your paid job well, or even about doing it very well, it’s about consistently going the extra mile on behalf of the industry, without thought of personal reward.”

2021 Winner, Duncan Berkshire

NPA chairman Rob Mutimer highlighted the work Duncan has done over the years behind the scenes in helping to shape various pieces of legislation to benefit the industry and also, particularly recently, his appearances in the media to raise industry concerns and explain the realities of life on a pig farm. Rob described him as the pig industry equivalent of Government scientist, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam.

 

Revealing the winner, Rob said: “This person more often than not operates outside of the lights of publicity in the often dim and dreary world that is Defra Policy.

“Grinding away through the boring detail with a focussed determination not to allow poor, uninformed policy to disadvantage the industry whilst at the same time protecting the welfare of the animals he so passionately cares about. Many of the successes he has achieved will often never even reach the glossy pages of industry media.

 

“However, notwithstanding all this behind the scenes stuff, whenever he is called upon to represent industry with the media, he does so with massive professionalism and adroit articulacy. He is the Pig Industry equivalent of Covid’s Professor Van-Tam. Explaining sometimes complex concepts in a way that anybody can understand.

“And where words alone will not suffice, he has no hesitation in dragging officials onto farm to let them see the issues for themselves. Without his direct input into the new Pig Welfare Code, industry would now be facing yet another crippling challenge – one that could have proved to be the final straw for many.

“Oh, yes and he does all of this as well as his full time day job as one of the industry’s most highly respected vets, continuing to play a key role in the PVS.”

Chris Brand Award Recent Winners

2020 Zoe Davis

2019 Colin Stone


2018 Rita Wells


2017 Sam Walton


2016 Richard Lister


2016 NPA team – Special Award


2015 Jimmy Butler


2014 Digby Scott


2013 Jonathan French


2012 Peter Crichton


2011 Nick White


2011 Digby and Ann Scott – Special Award


2010 Nigel Penlington


2009 Hugh Crabtree

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