One of the most influential pork producers in the UK has become a national award winner for her “significant and sustained contribution” to the British pig industry.

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Meryl Ward received the 50th David Black Award at a ceremony in London. With her husband, Ward runs a combined pigs and arable business in eastern England that includes a breeding/finishing unit of 2,200 sows on which electronic feeding has been used in group gestation yards for the past 20 years. The enterprise also has a farm shop and conference center. She is on the board of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and a member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council. Ward was also instrumental in establishing Agskills as a national training/scheme for pig-unit personnel.