Pig stockmen complete Bpex development programme
Published:  25 July, 2012

More than 50 pig stockmen from across England have completed the Bpex Stockman Development Programme, which ran across the country this year.

The course, Bpex said, has helped the stockmen develop their work and long-term pig industry careers, as well as inspiring them to try new ideas on the farm.

Trainees were given tours of abattoirs and feed mills as part of the course, which was designed to boost practical pig husbandry skills and give trainees a wider knowledge of the supply chain.

Mark White of Shedden Farms was presented with a special student of the year award in the north by Bpex’s Lis Ravn. White said he was thrilled and explained how much he enjoyed working with pigs, considering he had only moved into the industry 18 months previously. He said: “I’ve loved every minute of the course and learned loads. We’re going to try starting creep-feeding a few days earlier and it would be good to weigh each pig at weaning and watch their progress more closely.”

The student of the year award in the east went to Piotr Wroblewski from Piggy Green. Wroblewski said he had now improved his service management with sows and hoped to see results and better performance soon.

Pig producer and skills and training champion Richard Longthorp was thrilled with the effort put in by the trainees and said he hoped to find a way of capturing the energy, motivation and enthusiasm generated on the programme.

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