Jason Evans has joined Cargill’s UK pig team as technical sales manager, bringing 30 years of experience in the UK pig production industry.
From a pig farming background, Mr Evans completed formal qualifications in pig production and management at Bishop Burton Agricultural College in East Yorkshire before spending 20 years managing a pig unit in Oxfordshire after which he moved into the supply sector with sales roles in pig genetics and then feed additives. He has also spent time as a farm assurance scheme manager, learning the ropes of various assessment schemes including Red Tractor farm assurance for pig units.
Commenting on his appointment, Evans said: “I’m especially enthusiastic about pig nutrition and improving performance through better diets and feeding management. Feed accounts for 70% of pig production costs, so if we improve feed conversion rates then overall unit efficiency and profitability will improve.”
And he added that better feed utilisation has an important part to play on the environmental impact of all livestock production. “So it’s even more important that we monitor and measure our feed efficiency and look to make the necessary dietary improvements, both for the unit’s well-being and for the sustainability of the whole sector.”