Benefits for pig industry

UK - Financial benefits are there for the taking from a benchmarking system aimed at pig producers and processors.
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The internet based system is being developed by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) with a grant of 385,000 from the Farmers Fund.

Now the organisers are looking to recruit more farmers and other industry organisations who may form benchmarking clubs, in the five key pig producing areas and a series of regional meetings have been organised.

RMIF Chairman Peter Barr said: "'I am very encouraged by the success of this project and am pleased we are able to offer the opportunity to more pig producers in England who are looking to improve their business performance".

BPEX Chairman Stewart Houston said: "For the first time farmers will have the tools and support to improve their businesses. The RMIF/BPEX benchmarking project is an exciting step forward for the red meat industry."

Lincolnshire pig producer John Godfrey, who is already involved in benchmarking said: "I believe exchanging information between like-minded producers is a way to improve profitability of the British pig industry."

The aim of the meetings is to raise awareness of the benchmarking system, what it can deliver for businesses involved and promote benchmarking clubs to share best practice with the wider industry.

The regional meetings are:
Monday 28 April, Bishop Burton;
Tuesday 29, East Anglia Tuddenham Mill Hotel (TBC);
Tuesday 6 May, Sparsholt College;
Wednesday 7 Taunton - Holiday Inn (TBC);
Thursday 8th, Stoneleigh, Royal Pavilion.

Source: National Pig Association - 24th March 2003

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