2019 National Pigs Awards launched – the search is on to find the best of the UK pig industry

Entries are now open for the 2019 National Pig Awards, which will reward and celebrate the cream of the UK pig sector

We are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the sixth edition of the National Pig Awards.

The event has gone from strength to strength over the years. Last year saw the usual high standard of entries, which were whittled down by the judges to identify some very worthy winners, who have set incredibly high standards for the rest of the industry to follow.

The opportunity has come round again for those who feel they have what it takes to be a winner across a range of categories spanning the many components of the pig industry.

Held exclusively for the UK pig industry and organised by Pig World in conjunction with major industry organisations, the awards will again be held at The Royal Lancaster London Hotel on Monday, November 18.

The main award, Pig Producer of the Year, won last year by Karro Food Group, is again sponsored by principal sponsor ForFarmers and will be split into Indoor and Outdoor categories.

Alongside the National Pig Awards, for the first time this year, the David Black Award will be presented on the night, as will the NPA Chris Brant Award – won last year by Rita Wells who was honoured for her ‘sustained and unsung’ work with pigs and with Ladies in Pigs.

Pig World publisher Simon Lewis said: “We are delighted that the National Pig Awards have become recognised as one of the top honours you can receive within our industry.

“They continue to showcase the excellence and innovation in the pig sector and set the bar high for others to follow. The judges will again be on the look- out for excellent examples of work in the industry, following the massive success of the 2018 awards.

“It really is worth entering, not just for the prestige and boost to a business being shortlisted and winning can bring – it’s a great night, too!”

New for 2019

A new category for this year is Marketing Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Rattlerow Farms.

The new award replaces the Producer Retailer of the Year with the rebranded award broadened to encourage more entries for brand and market development achievements, as well other marketing successes which will include those who successfully market their produce through their own farm shop or catering enterprise.

Judges will be looking at how producers have developed new markets for the product, either domestically or overseas, developed their product to create a brand, or successfully marketed their product to increase sales.

The categories

FINISHER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Hipra

YOUNG PIG FARMER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Meadow Quality

TRAINEE OF THE YEAR, sponsored by PIC

HERD PRODUCTIVITY OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Huvepharma

MARKETING INITIATIVE, sponsored by Rattlerow

STOCKMAN OF THE YEAR, sponsored by MSD Animal Health

UNIT MANAGER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by IDT

YOUNG FARM VET OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Zoetis

PEDIGREE BREEDER OF THE YEAR

INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

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