Just under a week left to get your Chris Brant Award nomination in

With the deadline for Chris Brant Award nominations is now less than a week away, the industry is being urged to get their nominations in quickly.

A number of excellent nominations have already been submitted but the organisers would like to see more in recognition of those prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ on behalf of the pig industry.

In a recent post on the NPA Forum, judging panel chair Richard Longthorp suggested any apathy out there would be ‘a poor reflection of the legacy of Chris Brant who simply didn’t have a strand of ‘apathy DNA’ in his body’.

“It would also be an unforgivable missed opportunity to recognise one of those fantastic people who have and continue to go the extra mile for our British Pig Industry,” he added.

The award, named in honour of larger-than-life pig farmer and campaigner Chris Brant, was deservedly won last year by National Pig Association (NPA) chairman Richard Lister, with a Special award going to the NPA staff (pictured above).

The 2017 award will once again be presented at the prestigious National Pig Awards ceremony in London in November.

Richard said: “Chris Brant, who died in July 2009, was hard-working, blunt, loud, passionate and a bloody good pig farmer. He was a massive force for good in our industry, never more so than as one of  the organisers of the British Pig Industry Support Group ‘night riders’, which in 1999-2001 blockaded retail distribution centres and kept a pig for three months  in Parliament Square to highlight unfair treatment being dished out to pig farmers.

“This award in his name is not about doing your paid job well or even very well. It is about recognising those who consistently go that extra mile, without personal reward, when their industry needs it most.”

  • To nominate an individual or an organisation you think has stepped up to the mark, click here, stating your nomination, your reasons for nominating and your name and email address.

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