The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) pork division has welcomed a new knowledge exchange (KE) manager for the south of England region.
Ben Golledge has been appointed to the role to cover Kate Mellor, who is currently on maternity leave.
Since leaving agricultural college 17 years ago, Golledge has spent his time working on pig farms and has managed both outdoor and indoor units, including being in charge of a nucleus pig breeding herd.
“I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of working for AHDB Pork, working with the team and meeting new people,” said Golledge.
Recently, he has had his own nucleus of approximately 90 sows supplying breeding gilts. In addition, he has undertaken voluntary teaching at a local agricultural college doing both lectures and practical classes in livestock farming and welfare.
While volunteering at the college, he took part and completed a PTLLS (Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector) qualification.
KE team leader Steve Winfield commented: “We are fortunate that Ben decided to join us as he has a great deal of experience of practical pig keeping as well as work in academia.”