A pot of £200,000 has been set aside by the British
Pig Executive to help producers and processors develop
The Innovation Fund has already given grants to half a
dozen projects and new ones are now being sought.
The aim is to provide pump-priming money rather than cash
for capital investment which will allow ideas to be tested
The idea is the whole industry would be able to benefit
from successfully developed projects.
Outdoor producer Steve Hart received one of the first
round of grants to develop a handling and weighing system:
incorporating the Pharmweigh Auto Drafter for easier selection
of slaughter weight pigs in outdoor systems.
Steve said: "I found the whole process very easy.
Applications can be daunting with long forms to fill in
but it wasn't like that. I would recommend anybody who
has a good idea but not enough money to develop it to get
stuck in. The BPEX KT staff are very helpful and can guide
you through the process."
BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development Mark Wilson
said: "The whole process is actually very simple.
"All we are asking people to do is have a chat with
their Knowledge Transfer Manager about the idea and then
send it in to us.
"The ideas do not have to be wholly original. If
somebody has seen something that works abroad, then it
could be adapted to work here with a bit of development."
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