David Black Award

Celebrates individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding impact on the British pig sector during the course of their work.

The David Black Award has been honouring exceptional contributions to the pig industry for over 60 years. Inspired by the East Anglian pig farmer of the same name, this prestigious accolade is awarded to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding impact on the British Pig Sector through their work.

The award has previously celebrated those from across the industry, including producers, processors, academics and the allied industry. AHDB is proudly sponsoring the award again in 2022.

Angela Christison, AHDB Pork Strategy director and chair of the independent judging panel, commented: “The David Black Award has huge historic importance and is as relevant today as over 60 years ago. Excellent nutrition has never been so vital for the health and wellbeing of the nation, and so many are working hard to keep producing, processing and promoting English pig meat.

Celebrating the extraordinary impact of individuals or groups of people that represent the best of our industry is essential at any time, but never more so than in the current climate1.

2021 Winner, Jim Scudamore

Professor Jim Scudamore has been awarded the David Black Award in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the pig industry over the past 20 years.

The prestigious award was presented by the Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), at the National Pig Awards held in London on 22 November 2021.

The Rt Hon Lord Benyon and Professor Jim Scudamore 

Professor Scudamore held the position of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of the United Kingdom from April 1997 until he retired in March 2004. Prior to this, he was Assistant Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland from 1990–1996. Following his retirement as CVO he became Professor of Livestock and Veterinary Public Health at the University of Liverpool until October 2019. He is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University.

The accolade is awarded to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding impact on the British pig sector through their work.

This year’s winner, Jim Scudamore, has been actively involved in the pig sector for many years, experiencing some very challenging times for the industry as Defra’s CVO, where he handled the outbreak of swine fever in 2000.

Since his retirement in 2004, he has worked tirelessly for the pig industry in his roles as Chairman of both the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC), and the Disease Surveillance subgroup, as well as being a member of the Welfare subgroup.

Under his management, the PHWC delivered, among other things, the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) contingency plans which reflects the concern about potential impacts of the disease should it be introduced into the UK. This was the first industry-led government assisted disease contingency plan for a UK livestock sector and provides a model which can be applied to other pig diseases should the need arise. This was developed under his chairmanship and was delivered by a coordinated industry effort.

The PHWC focuses on four key areas which include disease control and surveillance, promotion of pig welfare, responsible antibiotic usage and pig meat safety which are of great importance to the industry. Jim has worked hard to build and develop working partnerships with producers, allied industries, welfare and assurance groups, and other interested stakeholders, along with the wider farming industry for the benefit of the UK pig industry

Since stepping back as Chairman of the PHWC he has retained his role as Chairman of the Disease Surveillance subgroup and has continued to support the industry in the development of the government’s Pig Animal Health and Welfare Pathway project. 

Angela Christison, AHDB Sector Director for Pork, said: “This year’s recipient of the David Black Award, Jim Scudamore, is an extremely worthy winner having done so much for the industry over so many years. He has an innate skill to find the very crux of any problem and the pragmatic and logical solutions that can be used to fix it. He has always shown consummate skill in ensuring all industry stakeholders feel valued and part of the journey. We should all feel very lucky that he continues to hold the pig industry in such high regard and is still interested, and actively engaged with industry issues. 

“If we were to list all the occasions where Jim has made a positive contribution to the industry, we would be here for a very long time. Suffice to say, after 20 years of commitment to the British pig industry, a significant amount of it unsung, but highly regarded, we should feel fortunate to have him so active on our behalf, particularly when most would be enjoying a quiet retirement. In short, it is hard to imagine anyone more deserving of the David Black Award.”

David Black Award Recent Winners

2020 Marcus Bates

2019 Richard Lister

2018 Mick Sloyan

2017 Charlie Allen

2016 Susanna Williamson

2015 Andrew Knowles

2014 Ladies in Pigs

2013 Pete Bown

2012 Heather Jenkins

2011 Paul Toplis

2010 Meryl Ward

2009 Prof Sandra Edward

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