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Nominations Sought for Pig Industry 'Extra-miler'

by 5m Editor
10 April 2013, at 8:12am

UK - National Pig Association is seeking nominations for its Chris Brant Award which annually recognises someone who has contributed beyond the call of duty to the British pig industry.

"We will be looking for someone who consistently goes the extra mile on behalf of the industry, without thought of direct personal reward," said NPA chairman and award sponsor Richard Longthorp, who farms near Howden, in East Yorkshire. Nominations can be made via the NPA website.

The award was renamed in 2009 in recognition of Yorkshire pig producer Chris Brant, who died in the summer of that year. Noisy, blunt, rambunctious and straight as a gun barrel, he never failed to step up to the mark when the industry needed his help.

This year's judges will be Richard Longthorp, last year's winner Peter Crichton, and Oxfordshire pig producer Sally Stockings. Last year's winner was Bury St Edmunds independent adviser and valuer Peter Crichton, who was chosen for his compassion and kindness when helping pig producers in difficulty.

Many of the past winners of the Chris Brant Award have been associated with direct action organisation the British Pig Industry Support Group, including Burton on Trent consultant Nick White, Berkshire ventilation specialist Hugh Crabtree, Yorkshire pig producers Fred Henley and John Rowbottom and Yorkshire feed adviser John Cusson.

The award will be presented at NPA's Summer Event in June, which this year will be held at Peterborough.

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