Finalists in the National Pig Awards 2023
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For the 10th year running, the National Pig Awards is the most significant event for the British pig industry. We are delighted to be finalists in the Herd Productivity of the Year Award category, which recognises the importance of improving herd productivity and is a data-based award given to an organisation that can demonstrate improvement in pigs per sow per year.
Lambert Farm covers 800 hectares and is used for educational and commercial purposes, encompassing intensive and extensive farming systems. The farm consists of arable grassland, a dairy herd, a farrow-to-finish unit with a capacity for 130 sows after investment in a new pig unit, and the latest Lely Atlantic robotic technology.
We have moved 110 sows to their new home and replaced the old herd, reducing the average parity for sows from 4.7 litters to 2.3. Over the last year, Lambert Farm has recorded notable performance improvements, increasing numbers born alive from just under 14 to 15.1 per year and pigs weaned/litter/year from 11 to nearly 14.
Another honourable mention goes to Tom Hill, winner of the category
Young Farm Vet of the Year. This award is dedicated to the relationship between vet and pig producer and recognises often-unheralded contributions while emphasising the importance of attracting graduate vets to the industry.
Tom Hill is employed by The George Veterinary Group but oversees the herd of sows for health issues and general checks at Plumpton College's, Lambert Farm.
Photographed left to right; Rodney Phair - Farm Mananger, Tom Hill and Casey Emberson, Level 3 Agriculture student.
Learn more about our history
Since the original 400-acre College farm was bought back in 1919, Plumpton College has certainly seen a lot of changes.