The Focus Farm
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 exchange 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 sharing and using the knowledge of the industry. The Focus Farm will enable producers and allied industry to discuss real time, real farm experiences and up-to-date knowledge to find practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing today’s modern unit.
The first Focus Farm host is David Goodier who runs a 250-sow unit near Blackpool, Lancashire. Since the project started in June 2016, open meetings have included a tour of the unit, discussions about key performance indicators, breeding, the distribution of water and practical considerations to reduce pre-weaning mortality.
The Focus Farm 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.
The next open meeting is planned for Autumn 2017 but please contact us in the meantime to find out more or contribute ideas.
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