Northern Pig Leaders Awarded

by 5m Editor
2 July 2012, at 8:10am

UK - Pig farm performance has improved in the North following BPEX’s latest practical management and leadership course. Six pig unit supervisors received awards for their achievements on this year’s BPEX/Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Development Programme.

A new health and safety protocol has been put in place on one farm, new farrowing arcs have been built to reduce farrowing mortality on another and, importantly, the managers’ confidence and people skills have grown.

Each candidate achieved a certificate in First Line Management from the ILM after a series of management training sessions, course work and practical application on farm. The awards were presented at a celebratory dinner at Sandburn Hall near York.

A special Student of the Year award also went to Jason Riby of Ling Farm, East Yorkshire. Jason manages a 1400-sow breeding herd and six staff. Having worked on the farm for over two decades, originally as a farrowing house man, he has now been promoted to general manager of the unit.

Mr Riby said: “My communication with staff has improved and I understand that each person is different which helps me to manage them and the unit more efficiently.“ His manager agrees that his confidence has improved significantly.

The ILM course is designed for anyone responsible for leading people or who will take on the responsibility in the near future.

For video interviews with the successful managers go to and click on ‘ILM Award.’

Contact Tess Howe for information on future courses: 07779 321078 or [email protected]