June 5, 2017


Search on for outstanding person of UK pig industry


The hunt is on for the exceptional individual or organization to receive the most prestigious award given by the UK pig industry.


The David Black Award, sponsored by AHDB Pork, is presented every year to somebody or entity that has made a valuable and sustained contribution to the industry.


Previous winners came from a variety of backgrounds including production, academia, journalism, allied industries and processing.


"Every year we look to reward an individual or organisation that has gone that extra mile for the pig industry. Over the years there have been many people who fit that description", AHDB Pork Strategy Director Mick Sloyan said.


Sloyan added that the David Black Award is the highest honour the pig industry bestows, even as he asked the industry's help to find a worthy recipient of this year's award.


Last year's winner was Dr. Susanna Williamson, of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). She has been involved in the diagnosis and investigation of many disease outbreaks in pigs, as well as projects on bacterial and viral diseases of pigs. She leads scanning surveillance activities in pigs at APHA to detect, investigate and tackle new and emerging disease threats, such as virulent porcine epidemic diarrhea.


The deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 25, and can be made through the AHDB Pork website at http://pork.ahdb.org.uk/news/david-black-award.  


The winner will be chosen by a panel of independent judges and will be presented at a prestigious industry breakfast in the autumn.