Celebrates individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding impact on the British pig sector during the course of their work.
Last year, for the first time, the prestigious David Black Award was presented at the National Pig Awards. The award, named after the East Anglian farmer who instigated it in 1960, celebrates individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding impact on the British pig sector during the course of their work. NPA chairman Richard Lister received the award last year.
The David Black Award has traditionally been presented at a gathering of politicians and industry representatives at a breakfast event in the House of Lords. However, AHDB, which runs the award, was keen to see the ceremony played out in front of a larger pig industry audience. AHDB pork strategy director Angela Christison said: “The move to include the award at the National Pig Awards means winners and their achievements will be celebrated by a greater number of attendees and so it is hoped it will inspire even more to pioneer success within the industry.” Pig World publisher Simon Lewis said: “We are delighted that the David Black Award, which has been won in the past by some of the most influential figures the pig industry has seen.” “People attending the ceremony will get the chance to show their appreciation for this year’s winner for the great contribution they have made to the UK pig industry.”
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David Black Award winner praises antibiotic success as a team effort
PA chairman Richard Lister described the pig industry’s success in driving down antibiotic use as a team effort, after collecting the prestigious David Black Award. Mr Lister received the honour from AHDB Pork chair Mike Sheldon, who said he had demonstrated ‘pioneering leadership’ in helping to establish the first ever industry targets to encourage the responsible reduction of antibiotic usage, as part of the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Targets Task Force. “No other pig-producing European country has taken such a courageous approach to antibiotic stewardship with voluntary targets and we celebrate his contribution to this outstanding achievement,” Mr Sheldon said. “Richard has been a force for good, leading the way and demonstrating, on his own unit, the benefits of investment in health and biosecurity.” He added that Mr Lister leads the NPA ‘with a strong voice and remains determined to ensure the sector is represented fairly and accurately’.
Mr Lister described the award as a ‘huge honour’, given the illustrious list of previous winners over the decades. He thanked all those involved in the ‘industry’s fantastic antibiotic reduction programme’, starting with ‘all the pig farmers out there and their vets who have driven this change’. He singled out Pig Veterinary Society (PVS) past-president Mark White, who he worked with on the task force, for his tremendous contribution to the process, and thanked those people who had given their expertise and time to sit on various groups that have helped drive the reductions, including the eMB-Pigs steering group. Mr Lister said the progress had changed perceptions of the industry, but stressed the job was far from complete. He and PVS president Richard Pearson are representing the pig sector on the reconvened RUMA task force to identify post-2020 pig sector targets. “A 60% reduction is a fantastic achievement, but there is undoubtedly a great deal more to be done,” he said.
David Black Award Recent Winners
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