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Hugh Shedden: Report published

2017 Scholar, Hugh Shedden’s report is now available on the Nuffield International website. Below is the executive summary of his report, titled: ‘Utilising precision technology in the UK Pig Industry to enhance profitability and sustainability’

Report Title       

Utilising precision technology in the UK Pig Industry to enhance profitability and sustainability

Scholar

Hugh Shedden

Sponsor

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Countries visited

USA, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Norway, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, UK

Objectives of the study tour: 

  • To see what technology and techniques are available now and will be available in the future to help UK pig farmers thrive.
  • How we can meet the welfare and sustainability challenges of the future by using technology.

Messages:

  • Objectively benchmarking pig welfare using precision technology is an opportunity to promote the sustainability of the UK pig industry.
  • Gene editing technology has the potential to increase profitability and sustainability for pig farmers.
  • The interface between farmer and technology has to be kept as simple as possible to maximise utilisation.
  • Work out what needs measuring and analysing. Don’t get bogged down with paralysis by analysis.
  • Create the data, collect the data, analyse the data and then act on the data.

See Hugh’s report at:

http://nuffieldinternational.org/live/