UK academy for new pig producers
Initiative should make entering the industry easier
A British pig producer, BQP, is establishing a Fresh Start Academy to help recruit new workers into the industry in an effort to meet growing demand for British pork from high-welfare farms.
It is using the UK government-sponsored Fresh Start program, established to secure a sustainable future for farming, to form the new academy, which will act as a matchmaker between would-be pig-keepers and established farmers, helping them set up new pig units in the east of England to supply premium pork to leading supermarkets.
The academy will be based in Louth, Lincolnshire—a hill and marsh area that is now predominantly arable, with buildings suitable for growing pigs to slaughterweight, using local straw for bedding—and it is expected to open on November 30.