Calling on all pig and poultry producers in Wales

Farming Connect, working in collaboration with Menter Moch Cymru (an initiative funded by the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020) has arranged Wales’s first ever sector-specific one-day ‘Pig and Poultry’ event.

Fully-funded, the event will take place on Thursday, June 13, at Welshpool Livestock Market, Buttington Cross, Welshpool (SY21 8SR).

The day will be divided up into two halves either side of a lunch break, giving delegates the option of attending either a full or half day. Morning registration will start at 9.30am, and afternoon registration at 12.30pm. The day will end around 5pm.

Attendees will find out what some of the UK’s top pig and poultry producers are getting right to ensure that their award-winning produce comes not just top of the class but top of many leading chefs’ shopping lists for taste, provenance, welfare and sustainability.

Nathan Ward, director for meat, fish and poultry at leading market research and consumer insight company Kantar, will present current shopper and consumer market trends.

The morning speakers include well-known Montgomeryshire vet and poultry specialist Ian Jones of Hafren Vets. He will be joined by David Hodson of Rosehill Agricultural Trading, a Shropshire-based family company that has worked within the poultry industry since the 1970’s, providing technical support and training with all aspects of vaccine and poultry treatment application.

Egg producer, Osian Williams will also be sharing his experience of working with Farming Connect on a project to improve the welfare and productivity of his flock.

In the afternoon, Mark Hayward (pictured), joint owner of Dingley Dell Pork, will share his industry knowledge and experience of rearing award-winning pork from his 900-strong Red Duroc outdoor sow herd in Suffolk, which he sells to Michel Roux and the Gordon Ramsay Group.

Rhodri Owen, farm manager at Coleg Glynllifon will provide an update on recent trials, learnings and changes since the college’s high-tech farrow-to-finish unit opened in 2016; and Mark Sloyan, the recently retired pork sector director of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) will give an overview of the pig industry outlook ‘Preparing For The Road Ahead’.

Dewi Hughes, technical manager with Menter a Busnes, which delivers Farming Connect on behalf of the Welsh Government said that the event, the first of its kind in Wales, is a reflection of the need to provide support and guidance to these two expanding sectors.

Mr Hughes said: “The pig sector receives significant support through Menter Moch Cymru, which was formally set up last year in response to the growing demand for services for this sector.

“Farming Connect is particularly pleased to be working in partnership with them on not only this event, but other initiatives which provide support, guidance and training to pig producers,”

The event will also mark the launch of a new ‘Herd Health’ grant programme, administered by Menter Moch Cymru, which will offer Welsh pig farmers 80% funding up to a maximum of £300 in the first year and further financial support for up to three years following on from this to help them improve productivity and profitability.

All places must be booked in advance. Call Farming Connect Service Centre on 08456 000813. Alternatively book online by clicking HERE.

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