The BQP team and farming partners have achieved another milestone by being nominated in seven categories for the National Pig Awards 2021 which will take place soon in London. The BQP team are hoping to beat last year’s achievement which saw four BQP farming partners take home four individual awards.

The finalists include:

Outdoor Producer of the Year:
LSB Pigs
GSK Pigs

Finisher of the Year:
Edwina Peck
S Bull and sons

Herd Productivity:
GSK Pigs
R&C Mellor
LSB Pigs

Walton Pigs
Pinnfield Pigs
Harry Wiseman

Special Achievement:
Helen Webb – Technical Manager

Unit Manager of the Year
Richard Benifer- NFL
Ryan Dyer
Rob McGregor- LSB

Young Farmer
Adam Walton

Howard Revell, Pig Production Director explained: “We are proud of all the finalists and what they have achieved. Striving to be the best in our industry is a core principle and something we are continuously aiming for. To have our farming partners hard worked recognised is amazing and we hope to win even more than last year. I want to personally say well done and congratulations to all the finalists.”

Finalists in the Indoor and Outdoor Producer of the Year award will be subject to an on-site visit by judges (COVID-19 permitting) to determine the winner.

Paul Arundel Breeding Farms Manager, added: “To have this many BQP farming partners shortlisted this year just shows what a great year we have had and what the future holds. Our unique relationship with farmers ensures there is trust, support and co-operation – all of which benefits the farmer and BQP. We can’t wait to see how many awards we walk away with. Congratulations to all our farming partners and everyone within the BQP team who have helped us reach this triumph.”

The BQP team and business are proud of all the finalists, but in particular Helen Webb, Technical Manager, for being nominated for the Special Achievement award.

Howard added: “Helen has been working extremely hard with Matt Dight, Head of Sustainability, to help us reduce soya usage and support our carbon reduction targets – key to the industry, our business and the planet. Her efforts continue to impress me, the business and the BQP team and we will all be rooting for her on the night.”

The special Achievement Award sees judges look for a significant reduction in antibiotic usage, significant reduction in energy, or a significant improvement in environmental impact.

Helen explained: “I am very grateful to be shortlisted and to get this far is a huge achievement. This award is not just about my efforts but that of the business and our net zero aims which are making a real lasting difference – something we should all be proud of. I also want to dedicate this acknowledgement to the whole BQP team for supporting me and one another, especially during the last year.”

The awards have become established as the premier event in the pig industry calendar. The honours recognise and reward excellence, foster innovation and inspire creativity and information sharing. It is the only awards exclusive to the British pig industry. The event has gone from strength to strength over the years and previous winners have set incredibly high standards for the rest of the industry to follow.

To learn more about the finalists and the awards, please visit their website.