The Focus Farm Initiative
The Focus Farm initiative, a first-of-its-kind for the English pig industry, aims to help improve physical and financial performance on units through knowledge transfer between producers.
An industry-led project, the Focus Farm offers the opportunity for farmers, vets and industry experts to discuss challenges facing the pig industry through open discussions and tours of commercial units.
It is centred on utilising and sharing the knowledge of the industry. The Focus Farm will enable producers and allied industry to share real time, real farm, real situational experiences and up-to-date knowledge to enhance pig performance.
The first Focus Farm host is David Goodier who runs a 250-sow unit in Blackpool, Lancashire. The first open meeting, held in June, included a tour of his unit and discussion of his data and the challenges he is facing.
AHDB Pork believes this new initiative will play an integral role in improving pig industry productivity as it provides the opportunity to review production issues together and find practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing today’s modern unit.
Focus Farm third open meeting:
PLEASE NOTE: THE EVENT THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN PUBLICISED FOR MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2017 HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED - SEE NEW DATE BELOW.
Title: Join the Focus Farm journey
Date: Monday 24 April 2017
Time: 6:00pm to finish at 9:30pm
Producers and allied industry are being invited to attend the third Focus Farm open meeting, which is being held on Monday 24 April, at a new location, the Bridge Hotel, Wetherby from 6:00pm.
Previous meetings have included a tour of the unit, discussions about key performance indicators and benchmarking, breeding, the distribution of water and practical considerations to reduce pre-weaning mortality.
AHDB Pork reiterates that any individual can join the meeting, and previous meeting attendance is not essential. The team is keen to hear new ideas and learn from the industry to make this project a true knowledge sharing initiative which can benefit the entire sector.
We hope to see you at the next meeting where results from on-farm trials will be presented. All AIG representatives are requested to bring a producer with them to ensure that all areas of the industry are well represented and that levy payers are inputting into the project.
If you wish to attend the open meeting, please register before Friday 14 April by emailing Rachel.Adamson@ahdb.org.uk or by calling 024 7647 8792. Once registered, further event details will follow.
Who: Open to all pig producers and allied industry
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