TWO new faces have joined the ranks of the British Pig
Executive (BPEX) with the aim of helping producers help
Both have joined the Knowledge Transfer team,
one working on the training side and the other looking
at meat quality.
Silvia Nicolau-Solano qualified as a vet in Zaragoza,
Spain, before coming to this country to work as an Official
Veterinary Surgeon and Local Veterinary Inspector.
She then continued her education ending up doing a PhD
investigating the genetic background of boar taint.
As part of her PhD she spent some time at the MLC in Milton
Keynes to link the results of fundamental research with
industry needs and to gain a first-hand contact with the
British pig industry.
Her main task is to act as a communicator between the
pig industry and the pig meat quality research group at
Bristol University to improve the quality and consistency
of British pork.
Tess Benson grew up on a farm in east Yorkshire and has
spent the last seven years working for the Humane Slaughter
Association liaising with Government, the industry and
She now holds the training brief and is looking forward
to tackling the challenges ahead.
Tess said: "Training is a vital part of a business.
Without it producers risk being left behind. It is not
about sitting in a classroom but about refining old skills
and learning new ones and that is most easily accomplished
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