Thursday 16 August 2012
Why Pig industry is a special case
At difficult times like these, the British pig industry needs reminding of why it is special, and why it is worthy of a concerted effort by shoppers and supermarkets to see it through the difficult months ahead.
So the following note from a trainee vet to a leading producer this week is particularly timely.
"The farm was kept to high levels of welfare and good animal husbandry.
The animals were in wonderful condition and all seemed happy. I saw almost no sick animals in my time there; general herd health was fantastic.
"The animals were always treated with respect by the staff and I found it inspiring to work alongside people so enthusiastic for the animals.
"I cannot speak highly enough of the staff. They made me welcome from day one and gave me invaluable hands-on experience with the animals.
Some farms I've been on have students in more of a watch and learn role but here I got to have experience at everything being done with the animals.
"The manager would always try and put me in a role working with the animals wherever possible for which I am truly grateful. I learnt so much at the unit."
Well done Martin, Mick and James.
One way we might temporarily forget the parlous state of the British pig industry, might be to drown our worries in sublime music.
Feast of Fiddles devotees, of whom there are many in the industry, will therefore be delighted to learn that impressario Hugh Crabtree's band will be performing at the following venues...
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Source: pig world
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