UK firms explore technology export potential to US pig companies

American pig technicians, representing businesses with a combined herd of 100,000 sows, recently spent a week in the UK looking at British-led hardware and software systems.

“US pig companies are currently investing in information systems for real-time performance monitoring and are very respectful of the skills and knowledge we have here in the UK,” commented Farmex managing director, Hugh Crabtree, who hosted the visiting party of four specialists from Nebraska.

In addition to visiting Berkshire-based, Farmex, the party also spent time with the associate software company, Dicam Technology, in Suffolk.

“Their companies are spending tens of thousands of dollars on product every year and are now beginning to spend money on development,” said Mr Crabtree.

Nebraska has a vibrant pig industry with a state herd of over three million head, directly employing 35,000 people and annually generating $775 million in cash receipts.

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