AHDB Pork is encouraging pig producers and allied industry members to attend the second open meeting of its focus farm programme on October 17, to see and debate the changes made on David Goodier’s 250-sow unit, near Preston, since visitors had their say during the first meeting.
Launched in June this year, the focus farm initiative is geared to help improve the physical and financial performance of English pig production, with the running of Mr Goodier’s unit being put in the spotlight.
Now four months into the project, AHDB Pork technical senior manager, Charlotte Evans (pictured above), said the project team has worked closely with Mr Goodier (also pictured above) to implement some of the measures that were discussed at the first meeting.
“The project has gained significant momentum and the second meeting will provide attendees with an update and an opportunity to shape the next steps,” she said. “We’ve been working to improve pre-weaning mortality, service routines, water quality and unit management.
“The project is all about trial and error and we’re really excited to see the initial results and work together to discuss how to take the project forwards.”
The second open meeting will be held on Monday, October 17, at Mid Yorkshire Golf Club, starting at 3:30pm, with potential attendees needing to register by Friday, October 7.
For anyone who wasn’t able to make the first meeting, or wishes to have a refresher, a webinar is planned for next Monday, October 3, from 4-5pm, which will recap the content of the first meeting.