Starting horn sounds in the hunt for 2016 winners

Now in its third year, the organisers of the National Pig Awards are now accepting entries for the 2016 awards.

Unlike other award schemes, these awards are exclusively for the UK pig industry, organised on behalf of the industry, by the industry’s magazine, in conjunction with the major industry bodies. Like access to Pig World itself, access to information on finalists and winners will be closely controlled and restricted to bona fide members of the industry.

The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on Wednesday, November 9, and all finalists receive two complimentary tickets.

The 2015 Pig Producer of the Year was Rick Buckle (pictured above)

The main award, Pig Producer of the Year, is again sponsored by principal sponsor ForFarmers, and is split into Indoor and Outdoor categories. Shortlisted sites will be visited by experienced judges and assessed against a range of agreed criteria.

In addition to the main award, there are a number of specialist categories as follows:

  • HERD PRODUCTIVITY AWARD sponsored by Huvepharma
  • INNOVATION OF THE YEAR sponsored by Devenish Nutrition
  • INVESTOR IN TRAINING AWARD sponsored by Meadow Quality
  • PRODUCER RETAILER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Rattlerow Farms
  • STOCKMAN OF THE YEAR sponsored by MSD
  • TRAINEE OF THE YEAR sponsored by Elanco
  • YOUNG PIG FARMER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

In addition to this, the NPA’s Chris Brant Award will be presented on the night, and there’ll be a chance later in the year for Pig World readers to vote for the industry’s best supplier, which will be awarded the NPA AIG Member of the Year.

As an incentive to enter, the Pig Producer of the Year will receive £2,500 and there will be £500 to each of the Stockman, Young Pig Farmer and Trainee of the Year winners.

Pig World publisher Simon Lewis said: “We were delighted with the success of the 2015 awards, which saw an increase in the number of entries of 40% and culminated in 370 attendees at the awards gala dinner. Our partners, the NPA, AHDB Pork and BPA, have again been instrumental in ensuring the awards meet the needs of producers.

Apart from cash, finalists and winners have much to gain from these awards in terms of recognition and profile within the industry, as well as staff motivation. The awards gala dinner is a great opportunity for the whole industry to get together and celebrate its success.”

For more information contact Pig World on 01825 983105 or visit the awards website:


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