23 Aug 2018, 11:43 AM
AHDB Pork Blog
When I last wrote my blog in May, I was an intern in the AHDB Pork health and welfare team. One month later, I became a knowledge exchange (KE) officer within the Pork KE team (it was a voluntary move, they didn’t get fed up of me!). In my new role, I’m looking after many of the national KE projects, which includes our work with small-scale pig producers and organising some national workshops.
I’m now two months into the role and I’ve hit the ground running. In July, I had the opportunity to spend time with three small-scale producers, from whom I gained a fantastic insight into how their businesses work, from focusing on meat production to conservation. These visits also helped me to arrange the next round of small-scale producer meetings, starting at the end of August (so if you haven’t booked on yet, you can do so here). We’ve had a lot of interest in extending these meetings to the North, so keep an eye out for our poll, which will determine where we hold them; we plan to launch a new event early next year! Of course, there is a lot more to learn and I’m looking forward to meeting many more of our small-scale producers at our events coming up over the next few weeks.
Another of my responsibilities has been organising a round of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) workshops in collaboration with ForFarmers. The 99mg/PCU target will soon be upon us, so keep an eye out for how to sign up to these workshops, which will be taking place in November.
I also have the great opportunity of looking after the Stockperson Pro group in the East. This trial group was set up in 2017 as a voluntary group of stockpeople and managers wanting to increase their knowledge of the wider industry. This year the group will be looking at the implications of Brexit, technological innovation in our sector and delving further into disease and medicine usage.
Alongside this, I am currently out on farm gaining further insight into both indoor and outdoor units, I’ve really been enjoying this and want to say a huge thank you to the two farms for accommodating my visits. I’ve had the chance to serve, scan and help with farrowing, as well as gaining a general insight into how commercial units are run on a day-to-day basis.
It’s safe to say I have been kept busy these first two months and I am excited to see what the next few months bring!
By AHDB Pork at 23 Aug 2018, 11:43 AM