Hunt on for pig champ

Pig bosses are searching for a worthy champion for the industry with the launch of this year's David Black Award.

The hunt is on for somebody who is going above and beyond the call of duty to help the pig sector in its current fight for survival.

The David Black Award was first presented in 1960 and has since been won by people from a wide range of disciplines including producers, consultants and scientists.

Once the nominations are in, a panel of independent judges, chaired by BPEX chief executive Mick Sloyan, will select the winner.

Sloyan said: "There is a host of people out there who have worked tirelessly for the industry over many years because it is something in which they have a passionate belief.

"People like this are not those who will easily push, or even be pushed, into the limelight but their contribution deserves recognition.

"It is common for winners to say there are many out there more deserving of the honour than they.

"While I do not necessarily believe them, I am sure there are many who are equally deserving."

The winner will receive their award at an industry breakfast this autumn held in the House of Lords.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the BPEX website, www.bpex.org.uk , or by telephoning Marian Robertson on 01908 844368.