Pig farmers set high standards at annual awards

SIX Suffolk pig farms were celebrating this week after triumphing at an annual awards event.

More than 250 farmers from across the region attended the awards ceremony, hosted by pig production company BQP, at Norwich City Football Club.

Among the breeding farm award winners were David and Jill Robinson, based near Woodbridge, who scooped the Best Recorded Unit Award.

Organic farmer David Pack, of Bury St Edmunds, took an award for the highest number of Pig Industry Professional Register Points, while the Most Improved Farm award went to Uptons Farm, and farm manager Ben Holden, of Bacton Pigs near Stowmarket.

Brandon Farm was the highest-performing farm for single parity herds, and Gary Barrell, of RJ & M Ellis of Eye, took the BOCM Pauls Award for Best Managed Farm for Feed Ordering and Delivering. The Freedom Foods Welfare Award went to Paul Howland of Beccles.

BQP pig production manager Howard Revell said: “All the award winners demonstrated a winning combination of high farm standards and excellent results. Every year the standards just get better.”